Campaign to raise £8,000 for talented clarsach player

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A 12-year-old Clarsach player who used to live in Oban is hoping to raise £8,000 to buy a new harp.

Meredith Kiemer, who now lives in Stirling, won numerous trophies at this year’s Royal National Mòd, including The Duncan Chisholm Trophy in the advanced junior category.

She also won the clarsach composition competition, as well as receiving second in the clarsach recital.

Her mum, Hazel Kennedy said: ‘She has been playing the harp since before she was four. She wants to keep playing, but this [harp] is about to give up.’

Family friend, Ian Tyson started a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise £8,000, which would allow Meredith to play at a ‘conservatoire’ level.

Her teacher, Savourna Stevenson, said: ‘Meredith finds real joy in playing the harp. She is unusually dedicated to her musical studies. I am confident that, given the support she deserves, she has the potential to build a career in music.’

Meredith has also been invited to play at the International Harp Festival in Edinburgh in April 2019.

Meredith’s crowdfunding page can be found at www.aharpformeredith.com