SOOTHING HARPS: The Power to Heal

SOOTHING HARPS: The Power to Heal
Royal Irish Academy of Music
Sunday 19 November, 10am-3pm

Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland hosts its annual symposium, Soothing Harps, in the Organ Room, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row, Dublin on Sunday 19th November, 10am-3pm.

The power of the harp to heal, sooth and restore wellbeing  is well documented through the ages. 2500 years ago, the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras recommended lyre music to keep his patients healthy and King David was said to play his harp (lyre) to raise the spirits of King Saul. Irish legend immortalises the magic powers of the harpers to induce joy, sadness and slumber in anybody who listened to their music.

Explore this unique harping phenomenon, which continues to transform lives and help people to connect with their inner selves in hands-on workshops, presentations and performances with :

Jessica Harris (Music Therapist, RIAM) – Keynote Address
William Jackson (Music Therapist and harper) – Using the harp in a music therapy setting
Dr Mary Louise O’Donnell (harp) and Teresa O’Donnell (harp) – Shared Experience: Performance and Practice
Dominic Cogan (Mindfulness and Wellbeing Facilitator) – Workshop for Harpers: Music and Mindfulness: A therapeutic partnership for performers and audiences
Aisling Ennis (harp) – Shared Experience: Performance and Practice

Admission €25, Students and Concessions €15 at

Download a PDF of the schedule here.