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Can't make it to Somerset? Then come to the
Harpers' Escape Weekend
October 10-12, 2014





Historical Harp Focus Area

Study with these artists

We are pleased to offer a full slate of workshops in this topic area from some of the top performers and presenters in this field. We welcome all the members of the Historical Harp Society who are coming for their annual conference on Thursday and hope you'll take advantage of this comprehensive program and register for Somerset.

See the section below on the Historical Harp Society Conference, which we are hosting on Thursday. The HHS conference is handling their own registration and part of their day is intertwined with Somerset!


Grainne Hambly

William Jackson
nancy hurrell
Nancy Hurrell
therese honey
Therese Honey
cynthia cathcart
Cynthia Cathcart
sarah deere-jones
Sarah Deere-Jones

Rhett Barnwell
melinda gardiner
Melilnda Gardiner

Gerry Serviente

Tomoko Sugawara
turlough carolan
Turlough O'Carolan
sam milligan
Sam Milligan
Workshop Choices:

Time Workshop Presenter Level
Thurs.8am-6pm Historical Harp Society conference various Any
Thurs. 10-11am Harp As a Sacred Instrument Rhett Barnwell Any
Thurs. 3-4:30pm The Lyre & Ancient Greek Music Sam Milligan Any
Thurs. 3-4:30pm From Scotland to Ireland Grainne Hambly Any
Thurs. 7:30pm Concert & Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Sam Milligan Sunita Staneslow, Nancy Hurrell, Rachel Hair, Martha Gallagher  
Thurs. 9:30pm Reception to honor Sam Milligan    
Fri. 9:30-11am Harp Figures from the Welsh Tradition Cynthia Cathcart Any
Fri. 1:30-3pm Alleluya! Medieval Sacred Music Nancy Hurrell Any
Fri. 3:30-5pm Compose a Medieval Estampie Therese Honey Any
Fri. 3:30-5pm The Medieval Harp in England Sarah Deere-Jones Any
Sat.9:30-11am Gregorian Modes & Psalm Tones Melinda Gardiner Any
Sat. 9:30-11am Sizzling Spanish Dances Nancy Hurrell Int-Adv
Sat. 1:30-3pm Baroque Folk! Arranging Carolan Tunes Nancy Hurrell Int-Adv
Sat. 1:30-3pm Gregorian Chant for Beginners Gerry Serviente Beg.
Sat. 3:30-5pm Historical Harps Listening Room Tomoko Sugawara Any
Sat. 3:30-5pm Carolan Marathon Grainne Hambly Any
Sat. 3:30-5pm St. Hildegaard of Bingen Melinda Gardiner Any
Sun. 9-10:30am Renaissance Improvisation Therese Honey Any
Sun. 9-10:30am History of the Irish Harp via Travels of a Harp Detective Nancy Hurrell Any

Historical Harp Society Conference
Hosted by Somerset Folk Harp Festival

Thursday July 31

8:00 am - registration opens
8:30am - opening remarks: Anne Humphrey
8:45-9:30am - Paul Knoke: Resources for 18th century harp literature
9:30-10am - Christa Patton - Faenza Codex
10:00-10:45am - Grainne Hambly -The Music of O'Carolan
10:45-11:15am - Cynthia Cathcart
11:15-12:15pm - lunch break
12:15-1:15pm - HHS Annual Meeting
1:30-2pm - Zoe Vandermeer
2:00-2:45 - Tomoko Sugawara and Richard Spendio - A Journey on the Silk Road
2::45-3:00pm - break
3-4:30pm - Somerset workshop: The Lyre and Ancient Greek Music – special presentation by Sam Milligan
4:45-6:00pm - reception for HHS members and friends
6:00-7:15pm - dinner break
7:30pm - evening Somerset concert: includes presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Sam Milligan – reception follows
Late night - HHS fellowship

Historical Harp Society Registration Page

Specific details on the conference presentations will be listed on the Historical Harp Society website.



If you find a mistake in any of these schedules pages please let me know!

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Updated 6/2/14
Workshop descriptions and schedules are subject to change.