Hent Telenn Breizh
The Way of the Breton Harp
Association for the rediscovery of the early harp of the Bretons and Gaels,
strung with bronze wire, and its reintegration in our heritage.
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Origin and purpose
Based in Plouneour-Menez (FinistŤre), in the Monts díArrťe, our organisation was initiated in 1995 by artists Violaine Mayor and JoŽl Herrou, in order to rediscover the ancient wire strung harp of the Celts, played in the Middle Ages by the Brittons and the Gaels.
then, JoŽl has made replicas of historical medieval harps respecting the
ancient building techniques. Violaine has rediscovered their specific playing
techniques using the fingernails, aswell as very ancient and wide
amazing repertoires, a large
part of which remain to be decifered.
We are attached to giving life again to this beautiful heritage recovered at last, and to restoring it to the public through an active work of passing on and cultural immersion.
JoŽl Herrou et Violaine Mayor
HENT TELENN BREIZH administrators:
Herrou : President and founding member.
Laurent Aprile :
Christine Leal : Tresurer.
Combot : Secretary.
Violaine Mayor : tutor.
basic membership 15Ä,
student member 10Ä,
supporting member from 30Ä.
Harper Violaine Mayor
(Photo A. Pennec)
Child at the harp
"The ancient harp tradition of the Britons"
A beautiful performing of medieval music from Brittany and from the Ap Huw manuscript
-Harp making : replicas of historical harps
-Historical repertoire and playing techniques, according to ancient harp manuscripts (Bunting MS, Ap Huw MS...) and Celtic chant manuscripts (Inchcolm Antiphon...)
2) Passing on
-Early Gaelic harp classes and lessons
-Traditional singing and Celtic chant classes and lessons
-Publications : books, recordings
-Concerts, ceilidhs, conferences, school concerts
-A high point in the summer : the summer class Telenn ar Gelted ("Harp of the Celts")
JoŽl Herrou "Queen Mary" harp