Hent Telenn Breizh
The Way of the Breton Harp
Association for the rediscovery of the early harp of the Bretons and Gaels,
strung with bronze wire, and its reintegration in our musical heritage.
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Origin and purpose
Based in Plouneour-Menez (FinistŤre), in the Monts díArrťe, our organisation was initiated in 1995 by artists Violaine Mayor and JoŽl Herrou, in order to rediscover the ancient wire strung harp of the Celts, played in the Middle Ages by the Brittons and the Gaels.
then, JoŽl has made replicas of historical medieval harps respecting the
ancient building techniques. Violaine has rediscovered their specific playing
techniques using the fingernails, aswell as very ancient and wide
amazing repertoires, a large
part of which remain to be decifered.
We are attached to giving life again to this beautiful heritage recovered at last, and to restoring it to the public through an active work of passing on and cultural immersion.
Pibroch, Scottish and Irish music, sung and played on the traditional Gaelic harp with bronze strings.
Released July 2017
Harper Violaine Mayor
(Photo A. Pennec)
JoŽl Herrou "Queen Mary" harp
JoŽl Herrou and Violaine Mayor
-Harp making : replicas of historical harps. See harpesherrou.bzh now in English.
-Historical playing techniques and repertoire, according to ancient harp manuscripts (Bunting MS, Ap Huw MS...) and Celtic chant manuscripts (Inchcolm Antiphon...)
2) Passing on
-Early Gaelic harp classes and lessons
-Traditional singing and Celtic chant classes and workshops
-A summer harp class in July: see the summer class programm.
-Concerts, fest-noz, ceilidhs, conferences, school concerts
-Publications : recordings, books
Herrou : President.
Laurent Aprile :
Christine Leal : Tresurer.
GwenaŽlle Combot : Secretary.
Mari-Claude Mevel: Second Secretary.
basic membership 15Ä,
student member 10Ä,
supporting member from 30Ä.