Thursday, April 03, 2008

And with the Harp

I've just returned from the Edinburgh International Harp Festival - my daughter was taking lessons and we took in a concert of Celtic music too. There was a workshop there that caught my eye, although I wasn't able to get along to it. It was entitled and described like this:

The Joy of the Jewish Sabbath: the Jewish faith and song are inseparable. For thousands of years, Jewish families have celebrated the Sabbath with songs of praise. There is a rich treasury of melodies sung around the Friday evening dining table to welcome the Sabbath. Learn more about the history and customs surrounding this spiritual day of rest.

This got me googling and you can watch a Shabbat chant played on a lyre here and tunes played on a kinnor lyre here and here.