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  • Seachdain na Gàidhlig 2024

    Seachdain na Gàidhlig is Scotland’s nationwide language and culture week and takes place this week and lasts until Sunday 16th February. 
    The theme for 2024 is ‘Your Language. Your Opportunity’ encouraging us to celebrate the ways we embrace Gaelic language and culture in our everyday life. Keep an eye our Facebook page where we’ll be sharing daily 9am videos and  “A’ toirt iomradh air saoghal na clàrsaich”  – talking all things clarsach! 

    Interested in learning more Scottish Gaelic? We have 3 Come and Try Gaelic sessions at EIHF 2024 – each only £8!

    COME & TRY GAELIC with Màiri Macleod
    Saturday 6th April: 4.30pm-5.30pm
    Monday 7th April :  1pm-2pm 
    Tuesday 8th April :  9-10am 
    Come learn some basic vocabulary and simple phrases that you can use around our festival and in different scenarios. 

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    EIHF 2024 brochure now available to view online

    The 2024 brochure is available to view and download online HERE. This is the best way to find out what happens at our festival.

    INSIDE: concert/course/workshop listings & details, artist & tutor biographies, course level guide, exhibitor list, venue guide, how to get more out of your visit to the EIHF and much more!

    Paper copies will be available in Edinburgh, from branches of The Clarsach Society and at the festival.

    IMPORTANT: The online box office will open on Wednesday 31st January at 10am. Please don’t try to book before then, as it will not be possible.

    The Iain MacLeòid Young Composer Award 2023 – The Winner!

    The Clarsach Society and the Edinburgh International Harp Festival are proud to announce that the 2023 winner of the Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award is Donnchadh Mac Aodha.

    Harp player Donnchadh Mac Aodha is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Dundalk Co.Louth, Ireland. 

    Currently studying composition under the direction of John Godfrey as part of his BMus degree at University College Cork, Donnchadh is both a traditional Irish and classical musician and finds himself most at home with these genre allowing his bi-musical upbringing to influence his works. In particular, he is drawn to the Irish language and deals with ideas of belonging and identity in his music. 

    Already a prize winning composer, having taken away honours from the New Ross Piano Festival and the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition, The Clarsach Society are thrilled to award him The Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award. 

    We look forward to hearing the premiere of his award-winning composition Ambaist at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in April. 

    EIHF ’24 Artist / Tutor announcements

    The 43rd Edinburgh International Harp Festival will take place from the 5th -9th April, in George Watson’s College, Edinburgh. We’ve been working hard to organise a wonderful festival for you to enjoy in April and next month we’ll be ready to share with you the full details of the 2024 concerts, courses (including a small selection of online zoom courses).

    However, we have some news to share with you now. We’ll be updating this post on week days (until 21st Dec) with who you can expect to see performing and tutoring at the festival. Read on to discover more…

    • Our box office will open in January.
    • Full information on all concerts/courses/workshops will be available in January.
    • Harp hire (for those of you coming from afar) will open on the 10th January.

    2024 PERFORMERS:

    • ADRIANO SANGINETO (ITALY) 
    • ALICE GUSE (SCOTLAND)
    • ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL (IRELAND)
    • CHRIS STOUT & CATRIONA MCKAY (SCOTLAND)
    • DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS (COLOMBIA)
    • ELEANOR DUNSDON & GREGOR BLACK (ENGLAND/IRELAND)
    • ELINOR EVANS (SCOTLAND)
    • RHONA SMITH & STEPHANIE HUMPHREYS with THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
    • INGRID HENDERSON & IAIN MACFARLANE with MARGARET STEWART (SCOTLAND)
    • JAMES RUFF (USA)
    • MARIA MONK (SCOTLAND)
    • SIXTO CORBALAN & PEDRO MARTÍNEZ (PARAGUAY)
    • SUE ROTHSTEIN (ENGLAND)
    • SUNITA STANESLOW (USA)
    • TARRAN featuring MALACHY ARNOLD (SCOTLAND)
    • RNCM HARP ENSEMBLE

    2024 COURSE TUTORS:

    • ADRIANO SANGINETO
    • AILIE ROBERTSON
    • ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL
    • BILL TAYLOR
    • CATRIONA MCKAY
    • CHARLOTTE PETERSEN
    • DIEGO LAVERDE
    • ELEANOR HETHERINGTON
    • ELINOR EVANS
    • FIONA RUTHERFORD
    • HEATHER DOWNIE
    • HEATHER YULE
    • INGRID HENDERSON
    • ISOBEL MIERAS
    • JAMES RUFF
    • MALACHY ARNOLD
    • PEDRO MARTÍNEZ
    • RACHEL HAIR
    • ROSEMARY MCKERCHAR
    • SIXTO CORBALAN
    • SUE ROTHSTEIN
    • SUNITA STANESLOW
    • TONI RUSSELL
    • WENDY STEWART

    EIHF ’24

    Hello everyone,

    We know we’ve been a bit quiet lately – that’s because we’ve been busy planning our next festival!

    We will begin announcing artists and tutors in December with full details of all courses/concerts/workshops available in January. Our box office will open shortly after that.

    We hope you will join us in 2024. Put the dates in your diary – 5-9 April – as we can’t wait to reunite with you all for some happy harping times again in Edinburgh!

    The EIHF