Conclusion of ‘More from the Harp’ fest
Last night we concluded the “More from the Harp” Fest with a wonderful Gala Concert which concluded with a roaring standing ovation. The evening presented a full cross section of ensembles from the wire string harp to opera to, fresh from the manuscript, an arrangement of U2’s, Ordinary Love (complete with two concert harps, percussion, violin, keyboard, choir and soloists) This went down particularly well!
The special guest line up proudly included internationally acclaimed Artists including Tríona sMarshall, Dr. Teresa O Donnell, Sylvia Crawford, Mark Redmond, Madeleine Doherty, Niamh McCormack, Sinéad McCormack, Junshi Murakami, Fiach O Briain. A number of the students from the Kingston Academy were honoured to share the stage with the stellar performers!
Audrey McKenna (CEO, Chamber Arts Heritage & Culture) and Neil Keenan (Chairman, Chamber AH&C) commented that “We are delighted to have marked the 1st Anniversary of the Launch of the Chamber AH&C with what resulted in a wonderful celebration of Arts Heritage & Culture over the past few days, branching from Dalkey to Sandycove to Glasthule. This “ More from the Harp “ Chamber AH&C project was a great and tangible example of how the Traditional side of business working together with the Cultural Sector benefits all the community on every level..”
The weekend began with its launch in Gerard Byrne’s Gallery, Dalkey. The Fest then sported a Free Heritage Bus (A London 1950’s routemaster) touring the coast from Glasthule to Sandycove to Dalkey, complete with heritage map of the community and a guided talk on the bus. This was greeted with many smiles and an abundance of enthusiasm! There were many clusters of harp recitals scattered across the 3 towns and the story telling by the turf fire in Biddy’s cottage went down a treat with the tourists in particular.
Our next showcase event 6 months on from our inaugural forum in Dublin Castle will take place in the Bank of Ireland College Green (the old House of Lords designed by James Gandon which it has recently been announced will be a cultural and heritage centre). This event will launch the strategic plan of the Chamber and will be yet another showcase of the wealth of arts, heritage and culture that the Chamber is supporting and advocating as a key economic sector.