Harpmakers’ Exhibition

Exhibition Opening Hours

Saturday 9.30am to 6.00pm
Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Monday  9.30am to 6.00pm
Tuesday  9.30am to 6.00pm
Wednesday  9.30am to 12noon


Some Exhibitors may not be present throughout the Festival and some may amend their opening times so please check this with them.

During the Festival there will be an exhibition of harps made in the UK and overseas. This offers an opportunity to try instruments made by difference makers… and perhaps even to purchase or rent a harp. In addition there will be music, CDs and harp-related goodies on sale.

EIHF are very grateful to all exhibitors who create such an exciting event.

The following have reserved space at the exhibition – expand for more information:

Accusound website
172 Wadsley Lane, Sheffield S6 4EE
Tel +44 (0) 114 220 3517
Email: info@accusound.com

Accusound have been designing and manufacturing microphone systems for acoustic instruments for over 25 years. Our products are designed to maintain the original acoustic warmth of the instrument but enable simple and trouble free amplification. Our product range covers all the usual classical acoustic instruments plus quite a number of less common and more challenging instruments. With our specially designed acoustic amplifier, we can provide the full amplification system, from instrument microphone to acoustic amplifier/speaker including all cables and stand if required.

Affairs of the Harp website
27 Orchard Drive, Park Street, St. Albans, AL2 2HQ
Tel: +44 (0)1727 872372
Email: geraldine@affairsoftheharp.com

Britain’s largest online source of secondhand harps. New online shop has an extensive range of harp themed accessories and gifts – superb quality with unique artwork specially commissioned by ‘Affairs of the Harp’ from a prize winning British artist. Gifts for all ages and budgets!

Alaw Music Publishing website
4 Tyfica Road, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales CF37 2DA
Tel: +44 (0)1443 402178
Email: sales@alawmusic.com

Alaw Music Publishing specialises in producing a wide variety of music for harp. We have one of the largest databases in the world dedicated to high quality harp music, offering original compositions and arrangements from many of the world’s leading musicians: active professionals or teachers with a wide breadth of experience, including Catrin Finch, Meinir Heulyn, Skaila Kanga, Edward Witsenburg and Isabelle Perrin. Our publications are intended for use in performance or practice by musicians at all levels and consist of a variety of styles – from traditional or folk to ‘classical’ or jazz.

Ardival Harps website
Orchard House, Castle Leod, Strathpeffer IV4 9AA
Tel: +44 (0)1997 421260
Email: info@ardival.com

Ardival Harps has specialised since 1993 in the manufacture of historical and traditional harps based on those played in Scotland and throughout Europe over the past thousand years. Over the years we have produced Pictish-style harps, wire-strung clarsachs and renaissance harps with buzzing bray pins. The most recent developments for you to try are a small bray harp ‘The Kinnettas’ and our redeveloped lever harp the ‘Dominie’

Ardival also runs courses for both complete beginners and players of wire and gut-strung harps. Beginners are provided with harps and are introduced to the history of the instrument while learning techniques and tunes. The teacher is Bill Taylor and the course reflects Bill’s specialist interest in the ancient and traditional repertoires of the British Isles.

Blackwell’s website
Music Department, Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS
Tel: +44 (0)131 622 8230
Email: music.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

Blackwell’s music department has an extensive selection of both harp recordings on CD (Classical, Early Music and Folk) and printed music for the harp (instruction books, folk and classical repertoire, graded examination books for Associated Board and Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exams). Blackwell’s also stocks Scotland’s largest selection of Early Music Shop harps and a range of tuners and metronomes. Music teachers are entitled (on registration) to a 10% discount on purchases of printed music. Blackwell’s also host regular harp workshops for all levels of ability with teaching by professional harpist Charlotte Sager.

Creighton’s Collection website
244 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9JG
Tel +44 (0)29 2039 7711
Email: tim@creightonscollection.co.uk

We are specialist Harp Music Publishers, Distributors and Online Music Retailers. We provide a music engraving, printing and distribution service to music publishers and individual musicians, delivering high quality publications either in their own names or via our unique co-production publishing service. Unsolicited scores are always welcome! We also stock a huge range of CDs and scores from other independent publishers and individual musicians. Please visit our stall in the Dining Hall to view our full range and to see our collection of gifts and beautiful hand-made greetings cards.

Early Gaelic Harp website
11 Dempster Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9QQ
Tel +44 (0)1334 474263
Mob +44 (0)7792 336804
Email: simon@simonchadwick.net

Simon Chadwick’s Early Gaelic Harp Emporium offers the widest selection of new and secondhand books, CDs and accessories relating to the historical harps of Scotland and Ireland and the ancient music played on them. Discover our CDs of ancient Scottish and Irish harp music, played on replica instruments with brass, silver or gold wire strings. Books include tutors and arrangements, history books, and source facsimiles. We also stock historical Gaelic song, piping and fiddle, medieval Welsh harp, and other related subject areas. Visit our stand in the Robertson Building Foyer to find out more!

Pete Grassby website
22 Derwent Road, Coventry CV6 2HB
Tel +44 (0)2476 336740
Mob +44 (0)7768 683015
Email: pdgrassby@fsmail.net

Pete repairs and restores free reed instruments (melodeons, accordions and concertinas mainly) and deals in unusual musical instruments, books and CDs. There is always something of interest to be seen on his stall, whether you play the harp or not!

Tim Hampson Harpmaker website
Tavy Court, Bere Ferrers.  Yelverton, Devon PL20 7JX
Tel:  +44 (0)1822 840820
Email: tim@harpmaker.eu

Tim has been involved with harpmaking, repair and restoration for 25 years.  He opened his own workshop in 1998 after moving to Devon.  His best selling clarsach “the Ossian” is based on a design by Henry Briggs of Glasgow from the 1930s and 1940s.  Tim’s special interest is in Early Harps; he makes replica Triple Harps, Arpa Doppia and Single Action Pedal Harps.  Servicing and regulating of Pedal Harps, also decorative work, carving, pyrography and gilding are all within Tim’s capabilities.  After a recent meeting with Nigel and Helen Morgan, Tim has taken on the business of “Ceilidh Harps” and looks forward to the continuation of a much loved design.

Jack Hayward Insurance website
75 Victoria Road, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 3SL
Tel 0118 384 2025
Email: Insure@JackHayward.co.uk

Established in 1983 by two professional musicians and teachers, we only provide specialist Musical Instrument Insurance.  Our Policies are underwritten with certain underwriters at Lloyds of London and have been specifically tailored to meet the needs of all musicians from students through to international professionals and teachers.  We pride ourselves on taking care of our customers.

Holywell Music website
58 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH
Tel +44 (0)20 7928 8451
Email: holywell@holywell.co.uk

London showroom for Salvi and Lyon & Healy Harps, Bowbrand strings, harp accessories and CDs. Extremely comprehensive selection of harp music. Please visit our stand in the Robertson Building.

International Jazz Harp Foundation website
Adrianalaan 252, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 3053 ZJ
Tel +31 6 40587484
Email: info@jazzharp.org

The Jazz Harp Foundation lives at www.jazzharp.org and links musicians and audiences around the world. The IJHF provides education to amateurs, students and professionals through the Jazz Harp Academy, workshops at schools and events, and online lessons. To fund educational projects and collectively promote Jazz harp(ists), the IJHF runs a dedicated shop, both online and at events, featuring the broadest jazz harp CD collection worldwide, specialised sheet music, gadgets and gear. Check out the calendar, library and newsletter @www.jazzharp.org


Killarney Harps website
12 Glenview Drive, Woodlawn, KIllarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Tel +353 (0) 87 752 6520
Email: killarneyharps@gmail.com

Killarney Harps was established by Tim O’Carroll in 2011 in the picturesque Lakeland town of Killarney, in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry. Kerry’s cultural history is steeped in Irish traditional music and dance.

The founder, Tim O’Carroll, has over 40 years’ experience as a Joiner and Furniture Designer/Manufacturer. The experience gained in working with wood is reflected in the quality of the finished harps.

The ethos of Killarney Harps is to produce a high end product, reasonably priced with a commitment to an efficient after sales service

Clive Morley Harps website
Goodfellows, Filkins, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3JG
Tel +44 (0)1367 860493
Email: harps@morleyharps.com

Established in 1817, Clive Morley Harps is a family business, specialising in harp sales, rentals and repairs of both lever and pedal harps. We also stock the amazing Dusty Strings folk harps – come and try one!

Mark Norris Harps website
The Old School, Stobo, Peebles EH45 8NU
Tel: +44 (0)1721 760298
Email: norris.harps@virgin.net

Very high quality 34-string harps for serious students and professional players including new light weight models with carbon fibre reinforced frames and titanium tuning pegs. A wider range now includes a mini 27 string and larger 36 and 39 string harps. Individually made to order from a wide choice of beautiful woods and inlays, players specify their preferred semitone levers and string gauge to achieve their ideal sound and playing feel… and can now even choose narrow or wide (full concert) stringing spacing.

Michael Parfett Conservation website
Unit 47, Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5QL
Tel +44 (0)207 228 5577
Email: info@michaelparfett.com

Our studio specializes in the repair, restoration and decoration of all types of harps from ancient to modern, folk to concert. We will be offering case work repair to traditional and modern finishes at this year’s harp festival as well as normal regulation services. We offer our own collection restored antique harps for sale to professional and amateur players of the early harp throughout the world.

Pilgrim Harps website
Stansted House, Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8NA
Tel +44 (0)1342 893242
Email: info@pilgrimharps.co.uk

At Pilgrim Harps, you deal directly with the harp makers. They have been creating exceptional hand-crafted harps for over 30 years, many of which are decorated with hand carvings or hand-paintings. Their range includes concert, pedal, lever and electric harps. They are experts in the service and repair of all makes old and new, and are the authorised Horngacher UK servicing agent. Although making harps is the core of their business, Pilgrim Harps aim to provide a complete service to the harp community, whether performer, teacher or complete beginner. They can help with finding a teacher; insurance; music; strings; tuners; seats; covers and trolleys.

Salopian Strings website
Oakfields Farm, Bourne Road, Defford, Worcestershire WR8 9BT
Tel: +44 (0)1386 750631
Email: info@salopianstrings.co.uk

Salopian Strings manufactures bound harp strings and waterproof cases for all harp models and supply gut and nylon harp strings with a mail order service by return. Online ordering is also available. Please visit our stand for a selection of harp and musical themed cards and gifts.

Silver Spear website
Jonathan Letcher, Ridge Farm, Linley, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SY9 5HP
Tel +44 (0)1588 650416
Email: jsletcher@yahoo.co.uk

34 and 27 string clarsachs, and travel harps, with a fine sound and distinctive appearance, hand-made in the Welsh MArches from high quality British and American timbers. The Silver Spear range includes student models and instruments specially designed for group workshops; harps can be hired; and discounts are available for Schools and Clarsach Society groups. Our most popular models are often available from stock; or harps can be specially made to order.

Starfish Designs website
Unit 1, Old Ferry Road, North Ballachulish, Inverness PH33 6SA
Tel: +44 (0)1855 821429
Email: admin@starfishdesigns.co.uk

Nearly 20 years of experience and effort in producing almost a thousand instruments, has resulted in the smooth contemporary lines, beautiful sound and highest build quality that makes Starfish harps the instrument of choice for professional and amateur players across the world.

Telynau Teifi Harps website
The Harp Centre of Wales, Marble Terrace, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4DT
Tel +44 (0)1559 363222
Email: info@telynauteifi.co.uk
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The Harp Centre of Wales really is the home of all things ‘harp’, right in the heart of the glorious West Wales.

From our premises in rural Llandysul, we manufacture bespoke Telynau Teifi Celtic and Lever harps, sought after by harpists worldwide. Translated from Welsh to English, our name ‘Teifi Harps’ comes from the majestic River Teifi that runs beneath us.

Our beautiful instruments are hand-crafted by our skilled harp makers who are passionate about their craft.

Telynau Vining Harps website
116B Pantbach Road, Birchgrove, Cardiff, CF14 1UE
Tel +44 (0) 29 2062 0900
Email: info@camacharps.co.uk

Telynau Vining Harps distribute Camac harps in the UK and Ireland. We stock Camac’s pedal, lever and electric harps, as well as strings (Camac and Bowbrand), music, CDs, trolleys etc. Our rental scheme for lever harps has generous discounts for subsequent purchase. Our shop in Cardiff sells music for all instruments, books about music and musicians, greetings cards, music accessories and novelties. We also run an efficient mail order service (credit cards accepted) and issue a newsletter.


Safety Notice

To reduce the chance of instruments being damaged, please DO NOT bring shoulder bags, rucksacks and similar objects into the Exhibition areas.