Simon Chadwick - Early Harp

Medieval music at the Museum of the University of St Andrews

On Sunday 13th October, harpist and ancient music specialist Simon Chadwick will present a unique concert of medieval Scottish ceremonial music.

The concert will be held at the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA), in the fabulous setting of the current exhibition of medieval maces from universities across Europe.

The maces on display are superb examples of late medieval art and craftsmanship in silver and gold. Simon's music will draw on the themes and ideas presented by the maces, to demonstrate in music the power and ceremony of late medieval Scotland.

Simon will perform using the amazing decorated replica of the medieval Scottish "Queen Mary" harp. This instrument, an exact working copy of the medieval original preserved in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, is itself a work of art, with exquisite late-medieval carved and painted decoration. Simon says "I think it will be quite an experience to take my replica in there and see it next to all these medieval artworks".

The programme will include a variety of stately, impressive music from the oldest strands of Scottish tradition, all of it derived from medieval events, people and themes. These elaborate compositions reflect and build on the geometric, architectual and formal decoration on the maces and on the harp. The sound of the replica medieval harp's silver and gold strings provide a lush and rich sound-world to perfectly complement the silver and gold maces.

Sunday 13th October 2013, 2:00pm, at MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AR tel. 01334 461660. admission free.

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