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...
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...
Adriano Sangineto

Adriano Sangineto

Adriano Sangineto is the son of a harp maker and his love for folk instruments has led him to become an eclectic musician, expressing himself through various musical genres. He revisits Italian and European folk music, plays several wind and string instruments, and is...
Dare to be a teacher!

Dare to be a teacher!

Dare to be a teacher! began as a two-day, mixed abilities course at the 2014 Edinburgh International Harp Festival. Supported by The Clarsach Society, the course was free to participants and aimed to facilitate learning in areas across Scotland and beyond where...
Hall of the Chieftain Programme

Hall of the Chieftain Programme

Since the magnificent performances of the Hall of the Chieftain clan we have been receiving requests for programme notes. Here’s the words of the Pleugh Song and Graysteil The Pleugh Song This strange and strangely dirge-like song, with droning cadences and...
Stonking Scottish Tunes

Stonking Scottish Tunes

One ticket for T18 Stonking Scottish Tunes with Corrina Hewat has been re-released; get it while you can! Click here for more details and booking...
Harpies all like to get together

Harpies all like to get together

Today’s post is by Wendy Stewart, a leading Scottish harper, who has been coming to the Harp Festival since our early days in the Teviot Library.  I often sometimes wonder if trombone players get together once a year for a grand gathering. Do aficionados of that...

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...
Deep-fried Haggis.

Deep-fried Haggis.

This year we’re inviting a number of guest bloggers to write about the Harp Festival. Today’s post is by Park Stickney, a favourite of the Festival for many years. This is Park’s post. In 2000, in Edinburgh for my 2nd EIHF, I realized after listening to the...
Scottish Harp Graded Exams

Scottish Harp Graded Exams

The Spring 2013 Traditional Music Graded Exams session will be held on Friday 29th March in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. There will also be a session of Scottish Harp exams held at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival on Friday, 5th April. The deadline...
Back On Board

Back On Board

Today’s post is by Patsy Seddon, one of Scotland’s favourite and most innovative Celtic harp players, and a leading figure in the early development of EIHF. Patsy is now back in the ‘hot seat’ as Joint Artistic Adviser of the Festival. This is...
Download EIHF 2014 Brochure

Download EIHF 2014 Brochure

An international line-up of top musicians will join the cream of Scottish players in presenting a breath-taking range of music from the oldest traditions to the most experimental sounds.

Between the covers this year is a magical series of events: a wonderful concert series, an array of courses, workshops and informal gatherings, and a host of talented guest harpists and tutors – all of which, promise to make this an exciting and welcoming Festival.

The Clarsach at the Mòd

The Clarsach at the Mòd

After their first performance at EIHF 2012, Gaelic singers Wilma Kennedy and James Graham and harpists Mairi and Calum Macleod, come together at the National Mòd in Dunoon to celebrate 120 years of unbroken links between the National Mòd and the clarsach –...
Daily photos from EIHF12

Daily photos from EIHF12

Keep an eye on our 2012 image gallery for daily photo updates from the Festival or join us on facebook for more photo...
Song of the Oak and the Ivy

Song of the Oak and the Ivy

A special commission written in 2011 by Corrina Hewat to celebrate 80 years of The Clarsach Society and 30 years of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival will be performed once again in the lovely setting of the Strathclyde Suite in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall...