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Siobhán Armstrong

Siobhán Armstrong is an academic researcher, music coach and mentor, and one of Europe’s best-known harpists playing pre-1800 repertory on reconstructions of medieval to baroque instruments. She performs and records church-, chamber-music and baroque opera with early-music directors, ensembles, orchestras and opera companies around Europe. Within Irish music, she places herself where ‘historical’ meets ‘traditional’: for more than 25 years, she has been exploring the idiom, repertory, and playing techniques of the early Irish harp, collaborating with significant vernacular-Irish musicians to reconstruct old Irish music. Her PhD thesis (Middlesex University, London, 2021, forthcoming) concerns eighteenth-century, Irish-harp performance practice. In 2014, Siobhán located a 'lost' historic Irish harp, and in 2016 she commissioned the first ever 3D-laser scan of a musical instrument at The National Museum of Ireland. Music, Ireland and the Sixteenth Century, the debut recording of her ensemble, The Irish Consort, is one of The Irish Times’ top five Classical Music recordings of 2021. Siobhán is the founding director of the HHSI and is an Occasional Lecturer at the School of Music, University College Dublin.