Summoning a Harp Revival | Saturday 19 March, 1pm

Summoning a Harp Revival at St. Patrick’s Festival Quarter Collins Barracks Dublin
Saturday 19 March, 1pm

Over 100 young musicians from Music Generation will come together at St. Patrick’s Festival Quarter in Collins Barracks from 1pm on Saturday 19 March. Music Generation’s young community of harpers, rappers, classical, folk, and traditional musicians unite to mark the premier of new Irish works and celebrate Ireland’s national emblem – The Harp.

Summoning a Harp Revival features The Harp Collective, a cross-county initiative made up of 52 young musicians aged 10 -17, from Music Generation Mayo, Music Generation Louth and Music Generation Laois. The collective will premier new work from prolific composer Michael Rooney. The young harpers have been preparing for an opportunity to showcase the premier since July 2020 and are thrilled to finally return to rehearsing together ‘in-person’ and perform a new piece for a global audience.

Joined by the acclaimed harper himself, the programme will also include arrangements of previous works composed by on Michael Rooney, performed by the Laois Trad Orchestra while Music Generation Mayo’s Harp Collective will take audiences on a thrilling journey of unique traditional arrangements. Nós Nua Louth’s Youth Folk Orchestra, will perform “Causeway”, a suite of new music from Mohsen Amini. This exciting premier, funded by the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme and supported by Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, sees over 40 young musicians from across Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Armagh join the Scottish concertinist for this special collaboration.

Music Generation Cork City’s The Kabin will also travel to the capital to dedicate original music to the harp. The Kabin’s young rap artists in collaboration with harper Donnchadh MacAodha, will bring their urban, meaningful and ‘pure daycent’ energy to performances of new and traditional Irish music.

Admission is free!

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