Harp Celebration – Summer Festival

3:00pm-10:00pm, 1 July 2017

To celebrate the renovation of the Erard Grecian Harp from our collection we are hosting a series of events where the newly repaired instrument will be played for the first time.

The tickets for these events were the main prizes in the Crowdfunder campaign which we ran in the autumn of 2016.

We are now able to open up a few more spaces to others. Any further income will also go towards the restoration which was more than originally anticipated – the whole of the base of the harp crumbled due to hidden, ancient woodworm.

To encourage our neighbours to get involved in our Summer Festival we are offering a cheap concert ticket to people living in the Hospitalfield area.


We are in the process of finalising details of the schedule which will involve a talk in the afternoon, a series of musical events including the evening concert, followed by celebration supper.

Afternoon talk – free
A ticket to attend a talk about the history & conservation of the harp. Please book online…

Evening Concert – £45
A concert ticket to hear the repaired harp being played by a highly esteemed harp player. Please book online…

**Hospitalfield area special ticket! – £20**
If you live in the Hospitalfield area of Arbroath you can come along to the concert for this special price. Please book online…

By attending the events you are supporting our campaign to restore the Erard Grecian Harp and celebrate its renovation.

We are also accepting donations to go towards the costs of the renovation of the harp. If you would like to donate, rather than buy the tickets for the events; or you would like to contribute more, please get in touch with Scott Byrne info@hospitalfield.org.uk  01241 656 124.


Harp concert by Sharron Griffiths

Saturday 1 July, 6.30pm entry to venue. 7.15pm start of concert

Sharron Griffiths has appeared as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in recitals both on the concert platform, recording and radio broadcasts, playing at many prestigious concert halls all over the world including the Royal Albert Hall and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. She works regularly with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia and has also freelanced with several International orchestra’s, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, RTE National Orchestra of Ireland, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Northern Ballet Company. Griffiths has also held harp positions on West End and Touring Musicals along with playing for many pop and film sessions, including sessions at the famous Abbey Road studio’s, and with many famous artists such as Pavarotti, Idina Menzel, Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe and Russel Watson.

Griffiths has also performed as a member of  diverse ensembles and collaborated with many other musicians and singers. Performances have included major works and premieres of works by Sally Beamish, Eddie McGuire, Alasdair Nicolson, Gareth Williams, Graham Hair and Martin Suckling at the Lammermuir Festival, Edinburgh Festival, St Magnus Festival, Passau Saiten Guitar Festival, North Yorkshire Moors Festival, Cotters Chamber Project, Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Manchester Midday series, Cowdry Hall, Sound Festival, Glasgow University Lunchtime Concert Series and at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh to name a few.

Sharron Griffiths is in demand as a teacher, she is a Lecturer of Pedal Harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in both Senior & Junior departments and a regular harp tutor for the National Youth Orchestra’s of Scotland.



Harp talk by Simon Chadwick

Saturday 1 July, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Simon Chadwick is an independent scholar and musician who specialises in historical harps. He is based in St Andrews and works as a researcher, teacher and performer focusing on how harp playing and technique has developed over time. His talk will pull out the fascinating strands of cultural resonance which connect musical traditions relevant to our harp. Chadwick will speak about the people, styles and techniques involved and discuss how the ideas tied up in Medievalism were so important to the Victorians.


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