THE Harp on Wight Festival opened with a spectacular concert at All Saint's Church, Ryde.

Held on Friday (October 26) night, it was performed by the Hermes Experiment — a contemporary quartet featuring festival patron and Prince Charles' official harpist, Anne Denholm.

Their baroque programme included Bach's Preludes and Endless Pleasure from Handel's opera, Semele.

It was the start of a fantastic weekend of concerts, held at Ryde Methodist Church, featuring musicians from all over the world.

From US harpist Lily Neill, whose repertoire included Irish jigs and Finnish tangos, to Anouk Platenkamp, from the Netherlands, who embraced the calming, therapeutic benefits of harp music, there was something to suit all tastes.

Further concerts and workshops take place today and tomorrow — including an acoustic and electric concert by Nikolaz Cadoret at the methodist church this evening (Monday).

Now in its fifth year, the Harp on Wight programme is more diverse than ever.

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