The Way of the Breton Harp


Association for the preservation, the passing and the development of the art of the ancient Celtic harp rediscovered, and its reintegration into Breton music.

Violaine Mayor

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French homepage

Our Charter

The medieval harp

Harp making


Classes and workshops


Summer class Telenn ar Gelted


Catalogue : books and records










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Origin and purpose

Based in Plouneour-Menez (Finistère), in the Monts d’Arrée, our organisation was initiated in 1995 by artists Violaine Mayor and Joël Herrou, in order to rediscover the ancient bronze strung harp of the Celts, played in the Middle Ages by the Brittons and the Gaels.

Since then, we have made replicas of historical medieval harps respecting the ancient building techniques. We have rediscovered their specific playing techniques using the fingernails, aswell as very ancient and abundant 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


 In the peat


HENT TELENN BREIZH administrators:

Joël Herrou : President and founding member.  Laurent Aprile : Vice-president.  Christine Leal : Tresurer. Gwenaëlle Combot : Secretary. Violaine Mayor : tutor.



Harper Violaine Mayor

(Photo A. Pennec) 



Pieces from a "Queen Mary"






Membership : student member 10€,

friend member 15€,

supporting member from 30€.








Our activities

-Harp making : replicas of historical harps

-Early Celtic harps classes

-weekly and monthly workshops

-Research in medieval chant (Inchcolm Antiphon...), singing workshops

-Publications : books, recordings

-Concerts, festoù-noz, conferences, school concerts

-A high point in the summer : the summer class Telenn ar Gelted ("Harp of the Celts")



"Queen Mary" harp


MP3 Extracts

Strujenn Haleg

Musique celtique ancienne

Chant Celtique Sacré