Sir Hamilton Harty (1879 – 1941) was a British conductor, accompanist and composer. A church organist in Belfast and Dublin, he moved to London at the age of 20 and quickly developed a reputation as a composer and a particularly outstanding accompanist. His conducting career included concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra and 13 years with the Halle Orchestra.
As a player he became noted for his interpretation of Berlioz. Harty’s own compositions include a violin concerto, a tone poem, and the Irish Symphony.
Despite being knighted in 1925, today he is one of our lesser known composers.
Still, In Ireland has a firm place in the hearts of many flautists.
Starting with wandering street musicians and a beautiful soaring melody moving to a far away light dance, and coming home with a fast exciting jig.
It showcases the flute, and composer, in a very short amount of time.