On Tuesday 7th April 2020, we premiered the video of “Farewell to St Kilda”, the final movement in Isobel Mieras’ St. Kilda Suite, as part of the VIRTUAL EIHF.
This was originally part of the EIHF 2018 “From Scratch” concert.
You can download the sheet music below.
Download the Link music (for all harps)
Notes for practice and performance:
- This is the final piece in a new suite. Watch for out the pauses in all parts near the end. Note the first 8 bars are for solo harp.
- In the performance, na Clarsairean will play the first movement of the suite “A Calm Morning in Village Bay” leading us into the Link followed by “Farewell to St Kilda.”
- The Link is made up of simple pentatonic patterns which enter in turn, build up then fade out.
St Kilda is a group of islands which rise dramatically out of the Atlantic 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. The largest island, Hirta, was inhabited for thousands of years by folk who created their own unique way of life, fishing and harvesting both the small amount of fertile land and the huge colonies of seabirds on nearby Soay and Boreray. Their way of life and culture came to an end in 1930, when the last remaining 36 islanders left.
Today the islands are in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. I was fortunate enough to visit this amazing place in June last year. Hearing its poignant history and experiencing its dramatic seas, landscapes and unique atmosphere led me to compose “The St Kilda Suite.”