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History of the Celtic Harp Sarah Deere-Jones Tuesday 09 October 2018

The History of the Celtic Harp

 The fascinating story of the history and development of the harp in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany, how it differed from harps and their music in England and the rest of Europe, and how it evolved into a symbol of proud identity with political significance.

Sarah illustrates this lecture with live music and songs on medieval, Regency and modern Celtic-style harps. 

Sarah studied harp and singing at the Royal Academy of Music and while in London played with the major Symphony orchestras, clubs and hotels in the UK, and appeared on prime time Television on several occasions as half of the 'London Harp Duo'. She later worked in the Middle East and on the cruise liner QE2 for many years where she gave lectures and recitals. She performed many times as a recitalist for various organisations and festivals, including South West Arts, and the Buxton, Cheltenham and Great Elms Music Festivals. She has also performed on the Celtic harp playing at Folk Festivals all over the UK.