A lecture and demonstration by acclaimed harpist Nancy Hurrell on an original 19th century Egan harp in the historic setting of Newbridge House.
Join us on Friday 23 August from 7pm to 8.45pm to raise a glass to the musical history of the Cobbe family as part of National Heritage Week 2019.
Acclaimed harpist, author and historian Nancy Hurrell will give a special talk on the Cobbe family harp legacy, exploring the connections between Frances Power Cobbe, the music she played and her feminist views on harp-playing as a female accomplishment; Irish harping tradition and acclaimed Royal harpist John Egan.
The talk will be followed by an exclusive demonstration, as Nancy performs several pieces connected to Frances Power Cobbe and the Cobbe family on a rare 1820s Egan harp in the Middle Hall of Newbridge House itself.
Light refreshments will be served.
This is a capacity restricted event and limited places are available. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
A very special, once-off event this Heritage Week, for music lovers and history enthusiasts.
Nancy is a harpist and author of The Egan Irish Harps: Tradition, patrons and players (Four Courts Press, 2019). She is a consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has published numerous journal articles on historical harps as well as the ‘John Egan’ entry in the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2014). Hurrell performs in several Boston early music ensembles and she has been a harp instructor at the Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University. Her CD, The Egan Irish Harp, is the first recording of an Egan Portable Irish Harp, c.1820.