|Lyre of Ur Project|
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Lyre of Ur recreated from pieces found in 1929, and held in the Pennsylvania,
London and Baghdad Museums (as unplayable) models.
is approximately 4,750 years old and predates the construction of the Great Pyramid
by 750 years!
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In April 2003 follwing the looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad and the destructive
vandalism of thethe contents, including the Gold Lyre, Mr Andy Lowings announced
that he would form a group to remake an authentic but playable version of the
famous Harp of Ur shown above (actually technically a Lyre)
for this came from stone carvings he viewed in the Chicago museum and a cover
of Harpa magazine showing the mother of all harps dating from the time of Genesis
This had not been done authentically before, using the correct
original adhesives, Gulf shell and Sumerian region wood.
harps held in Pennsylvania, Baghdad and London museums are, in fact, unplayable
models reconstructed from bits, distributed after Leonard Woolley`s excavations
in the 1930`s.
The Bull-headed harp held in the museum of Baghdad, has
been well featured in the worlds press, as a result of events in Iraq. Much interest
has been shown in hearing a remade and playable instrument.
a highly topical project. We would like to play it for you and see no reason why
it should not tell its story all over the world.
The Reconstruction Group
The skills needed for re-making this harp exist in the world
today. We have asked only the very best craftsmen to assist, by donating their
work. It is an important part of this project that the authenticity must reflect
the antiquity of this famous harp.
We have already a list of advisors
and makers who are keen to take part in the work. We can also rely on the help
of the British Museum, where we are regular researchers.
already includes even Iraqi musicians and the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra
(whose brave members to this day continue to play), have contacted us.
This is a non-profit making project. It is strictly non-political.
showing The Bull Harp being played. (Discovered separately at Ur in 1929). British
We feel that for this project to have maximum impact and benefits it should
be completed without excess delay. We anticipate that the harp will be ready for
a concert schedule by early next year at the latest.
We will perform and exhibit with this harp anywhere wherever those who would
like to hear and see this true work of art shown and played, invite us.
We have already been invited to play in Cambridgeshire UK, New Mexico and Washington
DC USA, Vienna Austria, London and in Dubai (UAE).
We would like to
arrange a full world-tour.
The instrument will be donated, after a year
of performance and exhibition to any suitable institution that we consider will
continue to appreciate it and look after it safely.
The instrument is
owned by the Project run by the Committee and no one person.
The project has required much time input and funds in order for it to succeed.
And indeed it runs greatly on the trust, honesty and integrity of those
who give freely as much as they can, to the common aims of the project.
We have made a modest target to allow the ideas to take place.
financially audited and correctly constituted by Committee and seek your contribution
in order to succeed.
We have an account last year with Lloyds Bank (Stamford)
"Harp of UR".
We have so far had immense signs of the worthiness of the idea.
We have met in London with the Director of the British Council (Iraq) who has
said they will officially collaborate with us.
We have the support of
The National Association of British Arabs, which represents some 4,000 members
living in Britain. And we now have a network of worldwide contacts through them.
Wood, stone and bitumen have already been sourced in Iraq by our supporters
there. It has already been transported to Europe for us by the RAF and presented
to us by 5131 Bomb Disposal Squad men.
We have used the kind offices
of the British Museum in London for research and Archaeological consultants at
the Baghdad Museum in Iraq.
It is a truly international team.
The jewellery work (in particular the Gold Bulls head) has found a student team
of craftsmen in West Dean College who are authentically undertaking this commission.
We now are seeking the very best of players and performers to assist
us in the presentation of this instrument as a work of art itself, but also in
order to tell a story.
We have already made a CD of Ur Harp, Cello and
Classical Harp using a similar instrument in a fine commission made by the 6th
International Stamford Harp Festival under a grant made by the Performing Rights
Association (Foundation for New Music Awards).
Mr Andy Lowings the founder
has talked about the idea on Irish State Radio, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Lincs,
Radio Cambs, BBC Radio Rutland, Southern Counties Radio, Central TV and to the
Times of London.
We are being followed by World Satellite TV.
We have recently found other local support in the Middle East itself where the
remains of the old instrument are well known. The vandalism of this instrument
after recent events, has caused great sadness.
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We would like to invite you to join our team in this
admirable project to bring your skills to help make it an even better success.
The project has universal appeal. It dates from a time before Islam,
Christianity, Judaism and all other major religions.
Everyone in the
world has a connection to this the earliest of musical sounds.
set ourselves modest funding targets and we feel that the instrument can create
far-reaching benefits amongst the world of free-thinking musicians, craftsmen
BANK "Harp of Ur" for donations
LLOYDS BANK, Stamford, UK
Sort code: 30-98-02
15 Church St., Northborough, Peterborough PE6 9BN U.K.