Harpists from all corners of the globe visited the Isle of Wight for the tenth Harp on Wight International Festival 

Held in Ryde, the programme was filled with an exciting and eclectic list of harpists from all over the world, and playing many different types of harp.

There was music from Scotland with Corrina Hewat and Mary Macmaster.  

The United Kingdom Harp Association sponsored the two London competition winners Huw Boucher and Aisha Palmer, who came from Wales.  

Isle of Wight County Press: Harpist Lily Neill, from the USA.Harpist Lily Neill, from the USA. (Image: Pamela Parker)

Closer to home Fran Barsby came from across the water to conduct a harp ensemble, giving workshop participants the opportunity to perform together in an afternoon concert which was well attended.

Other countries were represented by the talents of Remy van Kesteven from the Netherlands, one of the most exciting and inventive harpists in the world today, Laoise Kelly from Ireland and Lily Neill from the USA.

The virtuosity of harpist Helena Ricci from Switzerland gave an exclusive preview of her debut solo album Anima, to be released in early 2024.

Ismael Ledesma played Paraguayan harp and Kadialy Kouyate played the traditional West African harp, the kora.

Isle of Wight County Press: The tenth Harp on Wight International FestivalThe tenth Harp on Wight International Festival (Image: Pamela Parker)

For those wishing to make their own harp, Andree Bottiglioni from Italy ran a six day harp making course at the Depozitory in Ryde.  

Andree and his partner Lucia de Carlo entertained with medieval, renaissance and Celtic music at an opening celebration meal at Michaelangelo restaurant in Ryde.

The festival, including the exhibition of harps by Pilgrim, Heritage Harps and the Harp Studio, Wales, was well attended despite the weather.  

The organisers thanked Garfield Methodist Church for hosting the event.