Inaugural Harp Forum Meeting Takes Place in Termonfeckin
The very first meeting of the new Irish harp forum has taken place in Termonfeckin as part of An Chúirt Chruitireachta harp festival.
The forum, the establishment of which is one of the recommendations in the Arts Council’s recent Report on the Harping Tradition in Ireland, was facilitated by Nicholas Carolan and agreed a start-up steering group with 10 members.
At its initial meeting, the steering group elected Aibhlín McCrann as Chair and Úna Ní Fhlannagáin as minutes secretary. The group will now work to draw up a proposed governance structure and a draft strategic plan.
Aibhlín McCrann commented,
We were delighted to see such a turnout of harpers at the inaugural harp forum. This historic meeting reflected the diverse and rich variety of harp practice, and showed the huge upsurge of interest in all genres of harp performance countrywide. We’re working towards a second gathering at the Achill International Harp Festival where we look forward to fulfilling more of the recommendations from Toner Quinn’s 2013 Report on the Harping Tradition in Ireland, commissioned by The Arts Council.
The next meeting takes place during Féile Chruite Acla / Achill International Harp Festival on 28–31 October.
For more, visit http://achillharpfestival.ie