EIHF 2017 … what did you think?

EIHF 2017 … what did you think?

Please take a few minutes to tell us! We would love to know what you thought about the Edinburgh International Harp Festival this year, so please, if you can spare the time click on the survey link below and tell us more about your experience.  We really do read...
Festival 2018 Dates

Festival 2018 Dates

We are happy to announce that the dates for The 37th Edinburgh International Harp Festival will be Friday 30th March – Wednesday 4th April 2018, in Merchiston Castle School. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, these are different to the provisional dates...
Angelorum and finding the roots of their harps…

Angelorum and finding the roots of their harps…

This year at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival we will be hosting the Medieval harp choir “Angelorum”.  From California, USA and directed by harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton, Angelorum are performing at our Festival and then will be...
**JUST ANNOUNCED** Pedal Harp Come & Try

**JUST ANNOUNCED** Pedal Harp Come & Try

Are you a clarsach/lever/wire harp player and always wanted to have a go at the “big harp”, but never had the chance to? Well our newly announced “Come & Try Pedal Harp” sessions are ideal for those who already the small harp, at any...
New Late Night Session tunes online

New Late Night Session tunes online

Every year we upload the sheetmusic for the melodies of some of the most popular tunes played at the EIHF Late Night Sessions. The Late Night Sessions are held in the Festival Club (theatre) every evening with a different musician leading the session each...
2016 Young Composer Award

2016 Young Composer Award

  The Clarsach Society is delighted to announce that Rachel Groves is the winner of this years Young Composer Award with her composition ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ which was written for the clarsach and the pedal harp.  Rachel will be performing...
Calling all experienced and would be teachers…

Calling all experienced and would be teachers…

The Clarsach Society’s successful “Dare to be a Teacher” scheme to encourage new teachers of the small harp was launched at EIHF 2 years ago. We now find there is a demand for further support from all teachers and, to find how we can best do this, all teachers and...
Courses are starting to sell out…

Courses are starting to sell out…

Just a reminder that if you want a place on a certain course you should book as soon as you can, as some courses are already selling out. We’ve a great selection of courses, so hopefully if you don’t get a place on your preferred one, there will still be...
Welcome to the EIHF 2017

Welcome to the EIHF 2017

A word of welcome to the Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2017, from our Joint Artistic Advisers Isobel Mieras and Patsy Seddon… We look forward to Springtime in Scotland when we will once again welcome performers from around the world with a huge diversity...
EIHF 2017 – Chance to perform!

EIHF 2017 – Chance to perform!

The Magic of the Harp at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2017   Merchiston Castle School, Memorial Hall, April 1st, 3.00pm.   We have news of an exciting NEW piece of music that will be performed at the festival in 2017 and we’d like to give...
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...
*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...
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...
Italian harping with Adriano Sangineto

Italian harping with Adriano Sangineto

Today’s video blog comes from Italian harpist Adraino Sangineto. We are delighted to welcome Adriano to this year’s festival!   Adriano Sangineto is performing in concert at the festival on Wednesday 6 April at 7:30pm. He will also be leading a...
RCS Harp Exams (Grade 1-5)

RCS Harp Exams (Grade 1-5)

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will hold an exam session for Scottish harp (Grades 1-5) at EIHF16 on Friday, 1 April 2016. Places are limited for this session so early booking is advised. Bookings should be made via the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Call 0141...
Pedal Harp highlights at EIHF

Pedal Harp highlights at EIHF

Today’s post is by pedal harpist and RCS lecturer, Sharron Griffiths. In this post, Sharron shares her journey with the pedal harp and highlights all the festival has to offer from this wonderful instrument. I am very excited to have joined the artistic team as the...
Pilates – The aches and pains of harping

Pilates – The aches and pains of harping

Today’s post is by harpist Mary Macmaster. In this post, Mary shares her discovery of Pilates and how it can help harpists to keep their body in tune. I only really started touring when I was in my thirties – a late developer! Not that I’m...
Amy Moar – A Tribute

Amy Moar – A Tribute

We were very much saddened this week to hear of the death of clarsach player Amy Moar.  Amy was often to be seen at the EIHF as a participant both as a performer with Na Clarsairean and at many of the classes and events.  Her contribution to the ground breaking...
Welcome to EIHF16

Welcome to EIHF16

Welcome to the Festival of 2016, the year which marks The Clarsach Society’s 85th and the EIHF’s 35th anniversary. The concert on Monday afternoon will celebrate these milestones. Inspirational players (old friends and new) from home and abroad will gather at...
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...
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,...
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...
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)...