Denis Hempson: The life, music and times with Mark Doherty and Fiona Pegrum QG.
Aoibheann Devlin will be taking us through Early Harp, Downhill and rendition.
Harp music from the Causeway Harp Ensemble led by Katy Bustard.
The Roe Valley Harp School led by Nodlaig Brolly.
Refreshments and buffet supper will be provided.
This will be the launch and main event for the Harp Festival celebrating the 230th Belfast Harp Assembly. This event will celebrate the life of Denis Hempson who was lauded as one of the last of the great Irish traditional harpers. Harps Alive│An Chruit Bheo│Harps Leevin is a major collaborative festival to mark the 230th anniversary of the assembly of harpers in Belfast in 1792 and to celebrate the work of the renowned organist and collector, Edward Bunting, who played such a major part in the preservation of their music. The historic significance of the 1792 Belfast Harpers’ Assembly is not to be underestimated. It was led by the upper echelon of cultural leadership in Belfast, who united to stimulate public interest in what they deemed to be a tradition at risk. Its purpose was to revive an interest in harp music and to collect the music of the harpers and note their style of playing for future generations.
National Trust - Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne, Mussenden Road
Saturday, July 9, 2022 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adm. £35. Tickets from: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/denis-hempson-the-harper-and-his-legacy-presented-by-m-doherty-f-pegrum-tickets-348353654157?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&keep_tld=1