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Original tunes for the Wire-strung Clarsach

Hilary de VriesHearstone Harp Music book cover & Bill Taylor

Beautiful and atmospheric compositions for the wire-strung harp by Hilary de Vries and arranged by Bill Taylor. Playable on harps with a range from G below Middle C up to treble D. Suitable for new players to intermediate.

Includes mp3 study recordings. background notes on the tunes, plus playing techniques and notation guide.

A sample of tunes from Heartstone

Available from:

Scotland's Music

Melody's Harp Shoppe

A Song Among the Stones

A Performance Piece for Voice, String & Woodwind

Kenneth Steven & Hilary de Vries

A Song Among the Stones book cover

in the small hours they gathered

up under the roof of the tower

there where the book was being brought

beautiful, out of nowhere


In the 6th Century early Irish Celtic Christian hermits made the journey from Iona to Iceland.  Known as the papar, they built stone chapels and cross-slabs, evidence of which was found by Norse settlers centuries later.

Their unwritten story inspired the poet Kenneth Steven to create a sequence of poems that reflected their journey, both physical and spiritual, and he was commissioned by BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to write them.

The poems in turn inspired the composer Hilary de Vries to write music that would help carry the listener on that journey and enhance the experience.


A sample of tunes from

A Song Among the Stones

Available via this website.

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Original Tunes for the Wire-strung Clarsach

A Song Among the Stones

For Voice, Woodwind & String

Scottish coastal photo