I teach harp at Dunseverick Primary School to pupils in P3 and above. Irish harping has been thriving in this wee school since 2017 when I first introduced harp lessons to the school. These young pupils perform regularly for school and community events and in their local church communities. In February 2019, they performed for the Remembering Edward Bunting Festival in Belfast and in March 2020 they were invited to perform for the Joint British and Irish Intergovernmental St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast. Sadly, this event was cancelled due to Covid-19.
In March 2021, we were delighted to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to purchase harps for the school. Since then, Irish harping is going from strength to strength in the area.
We learn a mixture of Irish and Scottish traditional tunes to reflect our shared heritage here in North Antrim. The pupils thoroughly enjoy their lessons and the many opportunities they have to perform for their families, friends and local communities.
Watch Part 1 of our summer concert here