Having defeated the monsterous Morholt (the warrior who has lade waste the land of Cornwall), the young Amorican, Tristan, is crowned defender of the realm by the king, Marc'h. Marc'h quickly comes to see Tristan as the son he never had. However, mortally wounded in the battle, Tristan secretely leaves Cornwall, in order to die far away from King Marc'h, whom he loves so much.
Tristan is found, half-dead, on the banks of the green isle, by the beautiful Yseult. She is the daughter of Donnegahn, who is the king of Ireland - and the sworn enemy of King Marc'h.
Beautiful Yseult's incantations, magic and charms bring the defender of Cornwall back to life. Tristan and Yseult are inseparable and, far away from everything and everyone, savour their perfect love. The idyll, alas, does not last. Donnegahn's soldiers are patrolling the Irish coast. Feeling as if her soul is dying, Yseult sends Tristan back to his own people.
On return to the court of King Marc'h, Tristan is feted as a hero who has cheated death. During the celebrations, the king, who has been widowed for years, announces the end of the fratricidal wars between Cornwall and Ireland. And - to seal the reconciliation between the two countries - he will marry the daughter of King Donneghan. Yseult.
To fetch his future wife from Ireland, King Marc'h charges he in whom he has most faith: Tristan, his adoptive son, his champion and his friend. This son, loved more than ever, does not dare to reveal his love for Yseult.
And so, a legendary triangle begins at Tintagel Castle, of love and lies by turns...
This year not one, but two fantastic harpists have been nominated for the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Corrina Hewat, Principal Scottish Harp Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is up for Music Tutor of the Year, and Ailie Robertson is in the running for Composer of the Year. You can also vote for Ailie's band, The Outside Track, as Live Act of the Year.
Vote online here: polls are open until November 22nd.
“In his preface to A Finnegans Wake Gazetteer, Louis Mink says that the time for naive enjoyment of Finnegans Wake is past. He says that now we are obliged to continue the scholarly unraveling of its mysteries. And an editorial in a magazine published at the Centre Pompidou says that the most urgent and important art work to be done now is to come to an analytical understanding of the art of the twentieth century. I don't agree. I think that we can still at unexpected moments be surprised by the beauty of the moon though now we can travel to it. And I think that the artists of the twentieth century who resist our understanding are the ones to whom we will continue to be grateful.“
John Cage, on having received the Carl Sczuka Prize for Roaratorio; Donnaueschingen, October 20, 1979
While “naïve enjoyment of Finnegan’s Wake” is not a phrase you’ll hear too often, Cage is right that analysis and wonder should not be mutually exclusive. A powerfully experimental work of art unites the two, exciting our curiosity and extending our perception.
Here is the third excellent harp crowdfunding project we've heard about in as many weeks! Duo Descofar, the electric lever harp duo we so enjoyed hearing as part of l'Espace Camac's reopening party last week, will be releasing their first album in December. They have launched a funding appeal for this on the French crowdfunding platform Kisskissbankbank.
The third edition of Didier Saimpaul's French-language journal about the lever harp, Harpes mag', is now out! You can download it for free here.
Speaking of Nikolaz Cadoret - we're sponsoring his appearance at the Gödöllo festival at the start of October. Thomas and Daniel will be there over the weekend of October 5th and 6th, to coincide with the festival's special focus on the lever harp on the 5th. There will be an exhibition of our best lever harps, open throughout the day alongside a busy programme of concerts and workshops.
Daniel, our head technician, is going because we are also offering the chance to have your Camac harp - lever or pedal - free of charge. To book a regulation, please contact Csilla Gulyas: email@example.com.
Congratulations to the winners of the sixth Trophée Camac! This competition takes place annually at the August Interceltic Festival in Lorient, attracting fine musicians from throughout the Celtic lands. All finalists had to perform a continuous ten-minute suite of traditional or Celtic music - or in a traditional style - and including at least one Breton tune. The winner opens a large Celtic harp concert the same evening, at the Palais des Congrès.
Without further ado, here are the winners:
1- Claire-Audrey Desnos
2- Quentin Vestur
3- Morgane Le Cuff
4- Virginie Le Furaut
Bravo to them all!
Our German partners, the Harfengalerie Camac Berlin, will be exhibiting at the Interkeltische Folkfestival in Hofheim from the 22nd - 25th August. This festival promises to be of particular interest regarding the Celtic harp in its broader historical and cultural context, with lectures on everything from Medieval church music and Scottish song, to a Celtic dance workshop. The instrumental exhibition is similarly not only confined to the harp, and there will also be a youth competition. For more information, consult the festival website, or contact David or Mike at:
+49 (0) 30 - 21 97 11 76
We're very proud to announce the launch of a new addition to our lever harp range - the Isolde. It has been designed to be perfect for both traditional and classical repertoire, with an extended range of 38 strings. These strings are also fluorocarbon folk gauge, with the light touch loved by folk harpists, and the round sound and concert tension of the concert harp.
What better name for such a harp than Isolde? It is inspired both by the Tristan and Isolde legend, an ancient love story Celtic in origin, and by Wagner's opera.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!