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Aedín Gormley invites a guest to select, listen to and discuss a number of music pieces that hold a special meaning for them.

Programme 2: Sheila Larchet Cuthbert

Sheila Larchet Cuthbert is one of Ireland’s finest harpists who has played a big part in the promotion and teaching of both the Irish harp and the concert harp in Ireland. Her father John Larchet was an eminent composer and Director of Music at the Abbey Theatre from 1907-1934. He was also Professor of Harmony and Counterpoint at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from 1920-1955 and Professor of Music at UCD from 1921-1958.

Sheila has enjoyed a very successful career holding several important orchestral positions including principal harpist in the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and the then RTÉ Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. She has passed on her great talents as a teacher, establishing classes for Irish and concert harp in the College of Music. She also represented Ireland on the Corporation and Board of Directors of The World Harp Congress.