Fri 7th - Thur 13th | July 2023

Concert 2

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

The Irish Consort

75 mins

Tuesday July 11th

20:00 - 21:15 GMT +1

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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. 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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