A brief introduction for students, parents and teachers

The Irish Harp, while the most Irish of traditions and, indeed, our national emblem, is the richest and most diverse tradition of any musical heritage in Europe today – and this is entirely due to its age! Harps have been played in Ireland for at least 1,400 years and each era evolved new styles, performing environments and professional opportunities to players – all resulting in a phenomenal treasure of repertoire that can be grouped into four distinct ‘aspects’ – all of which still exist and are practised today. So, what kind of harp music will you play?