Harp Celebration – Summer Festival

1 July 2017

Harp Talk by Simon Chadwick: 5.30 – 6.30pm

Harp Concert by Sharron Griffiths: 7.15 – 8.15pm

To celebrate the renovation of our Erard Grecian Harp by Pilgrim Harps we hosted an evening talk and concert where the newly repaired instrument was played for the first time.

You can hear two of the pieces which Sharron Griffiths played and watch the documentation of Simon Chadwick’s talk below.

The tickets for these events were the main prizes in the Crowdfunder campaign, which took place in the autumn of 2016, and others bought tickets to come along and support the renovation project.

We continue to accept donations towards the costs of the renovation of the harp which was more than originally anticipated – the whole of the base of the harp crumbled due to hidden, ancient woodworm.

If you would like to donate please get in touch with Scott Byrne info@hospitalfield.org.uk  01241 656 124.

You can hear more about the renovation here and Crowdfunder project here…


Harp concert by Sharron Griffiths

John Thomas: Watching the Wheat, performed by Sharron Griffiths on Hospitalfield’s Erard Grecian Harp

Benjamin Britten: Interlude from a Ceremony of Carols, performed by Sharron Griffiths on Hospitalfield’s Erard Grecian Harp

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

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.


Images and recordings: Thanks to Bryndis Snaebjorns, Lance Aikman Green, Adam Lewis-Jacob, Julianne Foronda, Simon Chadwick for the documentation.

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