Lauren O’Neill, from Glenullin, Co. Derry is a PhD researcher and performer at Ulster University, having completed her undergraduate degree in Irish Language and Literature with Music followed by a Masters in Music. Lauren has a keen interest in historical and contemporary Irish harp practices which is reflected in her research into the bardic poetry and harping traditions of Ireland.
Throughout her fifteen years’ experience she has performed for dignitaries such as President Michael D. Higgins, Prince Charles, Nancy Pelosi and the European Parliament. Along with TV and radio appearances, Lauren has been invited as a performer and teacher to festivals throughout Ireland, Europe and North America, such as: IMBOLC, Achill International harp festival, Music Generations annual Harp and Piping Tionól and Éigse Cholm Cille. Lauren has toured Europe as a member of the Irish harp orchestra and in 2019 performed Seán Doherty’s commissioned works as well as Michael Rooney’s Famine Suite.
As recipient of the Master Apprentice Scheme, Lauren worked and performed alongside Catriona McKay and was the 2018 recipient of the Degenhardt scholarship. Lauren is an influential harp teacher in Ulster, regularly teaching at workshops throughout Ireland and is annually involved in directing National Harp Day events.
Lauren will be joined by guitarist Jack Warnock for this performance.
Great Hall, Magee Campus
Ulster University Music Department is putting on two months of musical mastery at Magee campus
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