Edinburgh International Harp Festival, 1-6 April 2016

Six days of great music in the beautiful surrounds of Merchiston Castle School, meeting up with old friends and making new ones.


A Celebration of The Clarsach Society

Events for Children

Storywalks, come and try sessions and courses for children of all ages.


Spotlight on Wales

EIHF celebrates the harp music of Wales in the company of many of its finest performers.

Chris Stout, Catriona McKay and Kala Jula

Harp, fiddle, guitar, djembe & pentatonic kora.

Park Stickney and Violaine Contreras

Harp and flute duo.

Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Brendan Power

Irish music for harp and harmona

Clàrsach, Clò is Cànan

Connecting harp, cloth and language: a musical journey

Experience world class performance, learn new skills and join the growing harp community


Celebrate the 35th EIHF with harp music from around the world. Established performers are joined by new voices in traditional, jazz, early and contemporary music. Great soloists, dynamic duos, exciting ensembles and amazing collaborations! We have it all.


Something for everyone with tutors from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, Turkey, Spain and USA.  From beginners to experienced performers, on lever, pedal or wire harp,  choose from new tunes, techniques, tips on performance, sing with your harp, demystify modes, or create your own arrangements…


Informal insights from our artists into new and old music – the secrets of a perfect musical partnership – learn a funky jazz tune – the harp in the wider community – practise your footwork for the ceilidh – stand up and sing – or just learn to relax.


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Business Limelight of the Month Award

Business Limelight of the Month Award

The Clarsach Society, organiser of the Edinburgh Internationl Harp Festival, is delighted to have been presented with the Hands Up for Trad Business Limelight of the Month award! You can read all about it HERE. Congratulation... read more
Dare to be a Teacher! Carlisle

Dare to be a Teacher! Carlisle

Could you be a harp teacher? Could you facilitate your local harp group? Could you share your knowledge, experience and enjoyment in playing?  If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then come along to this FREE course hosted by the Transpennine,... read more
Elinor Evans wins the Trophee Camac harp competition!

Elinor Evans wins the Trophee Camac harp competition!

Congratulations to Clarsach player and regular participant at EIHF, Elinor Evans who came first place in the Trophee Camac harp competition at the Festival Interceltique, in Brittany, France. Her prize is a new Camac harp! Well done... read more
Young Composer Award Annouced

Young Composer Award Annouced

The Young Composer Award is an annual competition based award issued by The Clarsach Society. Composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to present an original piece of music lasting no longer than 15, and no less than 10 minutes, suitable for: a)... read more