Anne-Marie O'Farrell

Harpist and Composer

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About Me

Anne-Marie is a leading harpist of her generation, who has significantly extended the boundaries of
what was considered possible on the Irish or lever harp, broadening its repertoire and chromatic range.

On pedal harp she has brought the instrument into new contexts, in contemporary and improvised music, by expanding its chamber repertoire through her composition, and with her continued transcription of repertoire new to the pedal harp.

As a composer, Anne-Marie is widely recognised for her immediacy of communication and is equally at home writing
for orchestra, choir and voice as she is in writing for multi-genre instrumentalists. She is winner of numerous composition awards including the BBC Baroque Remixed Composition Competition, and has been awarded a PhD in composition from Queen’s University Belfast, where she studied with Piers Hellawell.

Latest News

1916 Commemorative Concerts

On Sunday 6th March at 3pm Anne-Marie is joined by mezzo soprano Áine Mulvey in the historic setting of Dublin’s Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham for …

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Premiere at Christ Church Cathedral on St Brigid’s Day

As part of their celebrations for St Brigid’s Day this year Christ Church Cathedral Dublin commissioned me to write a piece for their Girls’ Choir …

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Sevenses – a new song cycle for young choirs

Since I grew up in a world of song, solo and choral, writing for young voices is a real pleasure for me. Sing Ireland have …

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Sheet Music

Harp Music, Vocal Music, and a variety of Instrumental Music Sheet options.


All albums are available to buy online.

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“this extraordinary concert artist plays the Irish harp as though she has a third arm with which to obtain dozens of chromaticisms.”
Giorgio Calcara,

Keltika Magazine, Italy

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