Luke Webb is an exciting young Irish Traditional Harpist with a background in classical training on the Harp. Having graduated from TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama’s Bachelor of Music programme specializing in Pedagogy with a Second Class Honours, Grade One, Luke is currently furthering his career on their Masters in Performance programme. The variety of teaching roles Luke has been exposed to have extremely enhanced his knowledge as a harpist and teacher. Luke has taught in Athenry Music School, Beaumont Comhaltas, Seán Treacy Comhaltas whilst establishing and expanding his own private tuition virtually both nationally and internationally.
Luke has performed at an array of spectacular festivals and venues such as the National Concert Hall, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Hall, Wales Harp Festival, and Edinburgh International Harp Festival. His original compositions such as ‘The Centenary jig’, ‘Fredo’s Lullaby’, ‘Age of Innocence’, ‘Freedoms Prelude’ and ‘Natures Chorus’ have been debuted nationally and internationally and performed on national radio. Luke has recently produced a virtual concert for the TU Dublin Harp Ensemble which premiered at the Wales Harp Festival. You can contact Luke or keep up to date with his activites through the following links.
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Oisín Morrison, a Dublin native who currently resides in Cork, is a harper, flute player, piano player and composer who has taught and performed extensively at festivals at home and abroad as well as numerous performances and collaborations on television and radio.
He has won numerous awards for his music including Bonn Óir Sheáin Uí Riada, the Oireachtas and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Most recently Oisín was awarded the 2020 Visionary scheme by Trad Ireland. He was also a UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts scholar while he completed his Masters in Irish literature, focussing on the music and song of Turlough O’Carolan.
In 2016, he composed the ‘Clann Lir’ suite and in 2020 he was appointed composer in residence with the Cork based youth group, Ensemble Mhúscraí, where he composing a suite of music inspired the poetry of Seán Ó Ríordáin.
Rachel Duffy is a harper from Bray, Co. Wicklow. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2018 she was awarded a Fiosraigh PhD Scholarship which has enabled her to pursue doctoral studies at Technological University Dublin, researching the twentieth century development of the Irish harp. Rachel has performed in venues such as Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin Castle, Dublin City Hall, the Mansion House and the National Concert Hall. She has played at festivals in China, Germany, Spain, Wales and Scotland. She performed for Prince Charles on the occasion of his visit to Wicklow in 2019, at the Papal Celebrations in the RDS Main Arena and the Phoenix Park in 2018 and as part of the National Easter Rising Centenary Commemorations in Dublin Castle in 2016. She has won prizes at the Fleadh Cheoil and the Feis Ceoil and has featured in national television and radio broadcasts. She enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has been fortunate to play with a wide range of ensembles including the TU Dublin Harp Ensemble, the TU Dublin Traditional Music Ensemble and the National Folk Orchestra.
Rachel has a keen interest in education and loves working with students of all ages and levels. She holds a TTCT Diploma in Traditional Harp Teaching from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and is a qualified second level music teacher. In addition to teaching at festivals and events, she currently works as a tutor and composer with Music Generation Wicklow’s Rithim Orchestra and as harp teacher at Bray CCÉ, where she directs a harp ensemble. The ensemble has played at both local and national events and will perform at the World Harp Congress in Wales in 2022.
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Brenda Dor-Groot - Jazz Harp
Brenda started playing harp at the age of 7. At Codarts University of the Arts (then Rotterdams Conservatorium), where she started studying with Teresia Rieu when she was only 13, she developed a very solid base both technically and musically.
After graduating as a Bachelor in Music in 1998, Brenda received a grant to study in Germany with Prof. Helga Storck, where her performance skills and orchestra playing were brought to a higher level. This resulted in winning the 1999 auditions for both the European Union Youth Orchestra, where she played under the baton of Bernard Haitink, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, led by Christopher Eschenbach.
She concluded her classical training by returning to Codarts, where she further refined her technique and musical skills under the guidance of Godelieve Schrama. A collaborator at heart, her work as a classical musician focused around chamber music and choir accompaniment, in the Netherlands and Germany. After moving to the UK in 2016, Brenda has further developed her performing and teaching skills in blues and jazz. Both as a soloist and as a band member she is equally at home on the pedal harp and on the lever harp (acoustic and solid body electric). Brenda teaches general harp lessons with an emphasis on form awareness and chord knowledge, solid technique and posture. She also teaches specialized blues harp and basic jazz harp lessons. With London, UK, as her current home base, she teaches workshops and co-organises jazz harp jam sessions throughout the UK and abroad.
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