HARP PERSPECTIVES October Edition | Mary Louise O’Donnell

The October edition of HARP PERSPECTIVES is now online at https://www.harpireland.ie/resources-online-journal/. In this month’s edition Mary Louise O’Donnell recounts the story of Irish harper Isabella Rudkin, a child prodigy known as the ‘Infant Lyra’ who was a musical phenomenon in the 1820s. By the age of 10 years, the Carlow native had performed for royalty and aristocracy, upstaged a young Franz Liszt at concerts in Manchester in 1824 and was celebrated as a ‘specimen of Irish genius’.