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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.

The Herrou-Mayor Ensemble

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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 (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.

Since 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


Violaine et JoŽl

JoŽl Herrou et Violaine Mayor


HENT TELENN BREIZH administrators:

JoŽl Herrou : President and founding member. 

Laurent Aprile : Vice-president. 

Christine Leal : Tresurer.

GwenaŽlle Combot : Secretary.

Violaine Mayor : tutor.

Membership :

basic membership 15Ä,

student member 10Ä, 

supporting member from 30Ä.


Violaine Tara

Harper Violaine Mayor

(Photo A. Pennec) 



mains MikaŽl

Child at the harp




New album:


"The ancient harp tradition of the Britons"
A beautiful performing of medieval music from Brittany and from the Ap Huw manuscript










Our activities

1) Research

-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

3) Developement

-Publications : books, recordings

-Concerts, ceilidhs, conferences, school concerts

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


 harpe Queen Mary

JoŽl Herrou "Queen Mary" harp