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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2016 Award Winners

2016 Award Winners

At the festival this year we were pleased to both receive and present an award. Mary Scott, honorary secretary of The Clarsach Society, received The Landmark Award from Hands Up for Trad recognising the work of The Clarsach Society over the last 85 years!  In 2016... read more
*A Selection of Stellar Events*

*A Selection of Stellar Events*

Well, the 35th EIHF went off with a bang! Isobel, my joint-artistic adviser and I are delighted with how it all went.  A selection of concerts, each special in its own way, numerous fascinating and well attended workshops and jam packed courses all contributed to... read more
Work with us! – Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

Work with us! – Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

We are looking for an energetic and hard-working Administrative Assistant to join our small team. The successful candidate will support the Administrator in all aspects of the work of The Clarsach Society and Edinburgh International Harp Festival. Applicants should... read more
EIHF 2016 – 3 days to go!

EIHF 2016 – 3 days to go!

Isobel Mieras, Joint Artistic Adviser of the Festival, looks forward to this year’s harp festival gives us a sneak preview of next year’s plans… In just a few days’ time, the beautiful campus at Merchiston Castle School will be invaded by a group of... read more