The HHSI is very pleased to announce the delivery of our second shipment of student harps. Built to the Society’s specifications by master luthier David Kortier – http://www.kortier.com – the batch just delivered consisted of eleven instruments, ten of which were HHSI Student Trinity harps. For information on these, please visit http://www.irishharp.org/shop/
Additional excitement was generated by the eleventh harp in the group: this is the very first copy we have received of our NEW and LATEST MODEL: the HHSI Student Queen Mary, copying one of the two existing medieval Scottish harps. For more details and specifications of this latest addition to the HHSI student harp family, please see the HHSI on-line harp shop – http://www.irishharp.org/shop/. For information on the original, please visit http://www.earlygaelicharp.info/harps/QM.htm
On Sunday, 27th November, five of the new Student Trinities were strung in brass and sterling silver at a stringing party which took place upstairs at The Castle Inn in Dublin’s city centre. The HHSI’s chair, Siobhán Armstrong, and historical harper Javier Sáinz, guided the instruments’ new owners through learning how to measure, cut, wrap and attach strings to their new instruments. Many thanks to the new stringers for the speed with which they became proficient at the job, and also to experienced stringers, Róisín Allen and Brenda Malloy, for all their hard work!
Our sincere thanks go to The Castle Inn for sponsoring our venue for the stringing party.
Given the Society’s remit to help revive the playing of the early Irish harp, particularly here in Ireland, it is very encouraging to see that eighteen HHSI student harps have found owners, mainly in Ireland, this year.
If you would like to know more about our Student Instrument Bank of rental harps, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to check out new HHSI student harps to buy, together with used instruments, please visit http://www.irishharp.org/shop/
+++ Watch out for an announcement of details of our THIRD new HHSI student harp model at the end of this year. This exciting new harp, on which we are currently working, will be a student copy of an 18th century Irish harp. +++