13 Bolognese harpists of the Celtic harp ensemble Lyrae, between 12 and 31 years old, took part in the 34th edition of the International Celtic Harp Festival which took place in Dinan, in Brittany from 12 to 16 July 2017.
The event was part of an international exchange program between the Bologna Harp Festival and les Rencontres internationales de Harpes celtiques de Dinan: the project aims to promote artistic talents, international cooperation through the sponsorship by Camac Harps France – harps luthiers – and multi-disciplinary education (languages, art, music).
The Lyrae ensemble, named after the brightest star of the Lyra constellation, is made up of students of the Celtic harp school Arpeggi of Bologna directed by Marianne Gubri.
The participation to the Festival, the most important in Europe for Celtic harp, consisted in the performance for the Festival’s opening concert on 12 July 2017 on the podium outside the town theatre.
Afterwards, the Lyrae group joined 100 other trainees present to learn techniques, repertoire, styles and effects with some of the best harpists and world-class experts of Celtic music from Ireland, Germany, Scotland, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden.
The teacher Marianne Gubri performed in a solo concert on 15 July 2017 at the Cordeliers Theatre, and held a class on musical improvisation in Italian and Bolognese Baroque culture.
After this important experience, the musicians from Bologna have been invited to take part in the Festival Harpes aux Max, organised by Camac Harps in May 2018 (Province of Nantes – France).
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