Fri 7th - Thur 13th | July 2023

Concert 2

The King's Harper: The Irish Harp at the 17th-century English Court

The Irish Consort

120 mins

Tuesday July 11th

20:00 - 22:00 GMT +1

Event Overview

In 1605, King James I of England employed the first ‘royal’ Irish harper to work at the court in London: Cormac MacDermott. This gave rise to an extraordinary ensemble in which the melting sound of his early Irish harp’s brass-wire strings was woven together with the lute, Renaissance viols, and the human voice to produce an exquisite music for the king’s pleasure. 

Concerts take place live in Kilkenny. A video of each concert will be available to ticket holders, on this page, as soon as possible after each concert takes place. N.B. Concerts will not be live-streamed.

The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

The Irish Consort: Róisín O'Grady, soprano; Siobhán Armstrong, early Irish harp; Ryosuke Sakamoto, Renaissance lute; Sarah Groser, Reiko Ichise, Malachy Robinson, viols

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