Harpist sets sail for Ireland

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Talented harpist, Christine Edwards, is preparing to move to Dublin this month to study the Irish harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin.

Having grown up in Stonehaven, Christine has studied the concert harp and clarsach (Scottish harp) in Glasgow the past few years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but is now excited to explore the culture and traditions of Irish music.

Christine regularly visits her home town to teach her base of pupils here and perform at concerts and weddings throughout Aberdeenshire. Having taught the harp & piano privately for a number of years, her tuition has been in such demand that in early 2011 she started teaching over the internet using video-calling software so that she could continue to teach however far apart her and her music students were.

This month, Christine was awarded a Professional Development Award from Creative Scotland to further her career as a musician. She is currently working in close collaboration with top professional harp-maker Mark Norris to design a new lightweight model that will improve harp design of the future.

Since being awarded the prestigious John Sebastian Morley Prize at the International Harp Summer School in 2009, her expressive playing has taken her on an exciting journey throughout Scotland and Christine has newly re-developed her website will go live in the next few weeks at www.christineedwardsmusic.com which features a unique area where her online students can sign in and access a range of music resources.

Christine is also involved with artistic direction on the committee of the North East Branch of The Clarsach Society – a recently formed innovative group of people promoting the harp in the Aberdeenshire area.

The society are inviting everyone to their offical launch and fundraising ceilidh in Stonehaven Town Hall on Saturday November 10. For tickets or more information please contact Pamela McFadden on 01569 766200 or email pamelamc@uwclub.net.