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DIT students and staff perform at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong

Posted: 10 July, 2017

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama was well represented at the World Harp Congress last weekend with beautiful performances by Senior Lecturer Dr Cliona Doris, BMus final-year student Tara Viscardi and a fascinating PhD research presentation by Clare McCague.

World Harp Congress Board Members in rehearsal for Opening Concert: Jaymee Haefner (USA), Cliona Doris (Ireland), Mieko Inoue (Japan) with conductor and composer, Fei Cheng (Photo credit: WHC 2017)

Dr Cliona Doris and fellow World Harp Congress Board members opened the event with a new composition for twelve harps written in tribute to all previous Congress cities, including Dublin, which hosted the event in 2005. Dr Doris also gave the pre-concert talk ahead of a collaborative performance by the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the World Harp Congress. 

Anne-Marie O’Farrell (presenter, Ireland/ DIT lecturer) (Photo credit: Cliona Doris)

Later in the Congress, DIT lecturer in composition, Dr Anne-Marie O’Farrell, presented her composition ‘Chromatétude’ for the Irish lever harp. 

The students at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama were also represented with two students taking part in the Congress. PhD student, Clare McCague, presented an academic paper on her PhD research on 19th-century pedal harp repertoire in Ireland. Clare is an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. Finally, BMus final-year student, Tara Viscardi, took part in the young artist masterclass concert performing music by Rachmaninov. Tara's performance in Hong Kong was supported by Culture Ireland.

Tara Viscardi in performance at the World Harp Congress (Photo credit: WHC 2017)

The World Harp Congress finished with a handover ceremony celebrating the next host city - Cardiff. You can find out more about the World Harp Congress on its website.