About Celticharper

Harp teacher and performer, webmaster and creator of the Celtic Harp Page at www.celticharper.com, composer, arranger, and all around music junkie. I currently direct the Hurly Burly medieval ensemble, and perform with a number of other groups including the Stringwood Trio. Along with several kinds of harp, I also play piano, recorders, clarinet, drums, penny whistle, and guitar.

Canadian Harpists in the News

Apologies for the lack of posts these last few months, real life got in the way. More news and links to come, but in the meantime, here are three featured Canadian harpists in the news and in concert:

Thurs. May 14 concert at Hart House in Toronto, including Handel’s Harp Concerto with soloist Véronique Drozdz. 8pm.

Harpist revives old ways in the new world from Annapolis County shop (article on luthier Timothy Habinski)

Harpist Elizabeth Volpé Bligh happy to be a rarity

Konghou (Chinese Harp), Xiang Fei Bamboo

According to the Harp Spectrum,

“In the 20th century, a new demand arose for a national instrument rooted in ancient times, yet still contemporary. In 1964, Konghou was revived in Shenyang, China, and during the 1980s several musical instrument factories in China began to design and produce a new type of Konghou combining the Guzhang (koto, like a movable-bridge zither), Pipa (lute) and Qin (mandolin), and utilizing the modern technology of the pedal harp.”