The Historical Harp Society of Ireland

Sat 23rd - Fri 29th July 2022

Artists

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Reiko Ichise

Concert artist

Reiko Ichise was born in Tokyo and is one of Britain's leading performers on the viola da gamba. She is a founding member of the viol consort, Fretwork, and is a core member of Florilegium, one of the UK's best-known early-music ensembles. Reiko has performed extensively internationally, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, appearing in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Opera House.

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Ryosuke Sakamoto

Concert artist

Ryosuke Sakamoto graduated from Tokyo University, and also released his first acclaimed CD [Gramophone], ‘Travels with my Lute’ in 2007 in addition to solo and ensemble work in Japan including performances with The Bach Collegium. He then studied with Hopkinson Smith, and others, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, earning a music-performance MA in 2013, and also winning first prize in the solo lute section of the Maurizio Pratla competition in Italy, in the same year. Ryosuke now gives solo recitals, and collaborates in chamber music, around the world including with his own ensemble, Il bell’humore, which specializes in Renaissance music, and has recorded with Linn Records, UK, and Pan Classics in Switzerland. 

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Ann Heymann

Speaker

Ann Heymann, is the doyenne of the revival of the early Irish harp in modern times, authoring the first tutors for the instrument: Secrets of the Gaelic Harp and A Gaelic Harper's First Tunes. Her definitive solo CDs, Queen of Harps and Cruit go nÓr, document the virtuosic capability of the early Irish harp. From a piano / pipe organ background, Ann migrated to traditional music and became 'hooked' by Bunting's 1840 descriptions of the ancient Irish harp; eventually she found an early Castle Otway harp, built by Jay Witcher. Wanting to emulate the old Irish harper, Denis O'Hampsey, Ann grew long fingernails, and with the harp on her left shoulder she proceeded to learn from the ‘old master’ (her harp). Since 1976, Ann has toured with her husband, Charie, and continues to discover more about the cláirseach, its traditions, history and music.

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