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)...
Win a ticket to EIHF 2016

Win a ticket to EIHF 2016

Entrants to the Junior Recital Class at the Royal National Mod 2015 are in with a chance of winning a ticket to the course of their choice at EIHF 2016! The Royal National Mòd is organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach (The Highland Association) which was founded in Oban...
Follow on classes

Follow on classes

Have you been learning to play the Clarsach at the Festival, but you aren’t sure where to go next?  Why not come along to follow-on classes run by The Clarsach Society in Edinburgh?  Harps provided! Modern  Clarsach Tutor – Heather Yule Location –...
Your say!

Your say!

We’d like to hear what you thought of EIHF15 so we can deliver an even better festival for you in 2016. Please help us by completing our short questionnaire. If you submitted a  paper questionnaire at the festival, there is no need to complete this online version....
Harp and Electronics

Harp and Electronics

Today’s post is by Calum Macleod, a harp player who is embracing the use of amplification and electronics.  Calum will teach a 3-day course on harp and electronics at the Festival – a great opportunity for anyone who is curious to learn more. There are...
The path from classical to jazz

The path from classical to jazz

Today’s post is by jazz harpist Amanda Whiting. In this post, Amanda share her personal journey from classical training to jazz improvisation. Amanda will teach two 5-day courses at EIHF15; one intermediate course on how to interpret jazz music, find chords and...
Change to programme

Change to programme

Due to unforeseen circumstances Aodán Ó Ceallaigh will not be appearing at EIHF15. We are looking forward to welcoming Róisín Elsafty in his absence. Róisín is a notable Irish singer in the sean-nós [‘old style’] tradition. She has travelled widely with her art,...
Young Composer Award 2014 – winner announced!

Young Composer Award 2014 – winner announced!

The Clarsach Society and EIHF are delighted to announce the winner of the Young Composer Award 2014 as Evelyn Cournoyer from Connecticut, USA. Evelyn’s winning composition, Individuation, for solo clarsach, will premiere at theclosing concert of the festival...
Benefits of a Masterclass

Benefits of a Masterclass

Today’s post is by Sharron Griffiths, soloist and chamber musician, and harp lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In this post Sharron looks at what’s to be gained from attending or performing in a masterclass as two of her postgraduate...
EIHF ambassador Elinor Evans takes the message to Cardiff

EIHF ambassador Elinor Evans takes the message to Cardiff

Elinor Evans, currently studying for a post graduate diploma in Composition and performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, arranged 2 Scottish jigs for 1 clarsach player and 6 pedal harpists which was performed at a lunchtime concert in the...
Harping in the Desert Heat of Doha

Harping in the Desert Heat of Doha

Today’s post is by Scottish harpist, singer and educationalist Irene Watt. In this post, Irene shares her personal experience of introducing the harp to the desert heat of Doha.   In January 2012 I left snowy Aberdeen for the blistering heat of Doha, Qatar, in the...
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 EIHF15 on Friday, 10 April 2015. The deadline for entries is Friday, 13 March 2015. Places are limited for this session so early booking is advised. Bookings should be made...
Dare to be a teacher!

Dare to be a teacher!

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 Highland Branch of The...
Healing Harp

Healing Harp

Today’s post is by Anouk Platenkamp, player, teacher and certified therapeutic harp practitioner.   Anouk will teach a 5-day course on playing for the sick and disabled at the Festival. This is a great opportunity for anyone who has previous experience or...
Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking

Today’s post is by Scottish harpist and composer Fiona Rutherford. In this post, Fiona shares her personal approach to composition and a festive tune for everyone to enjoy this Christmas.  Fiona will teach a 5-day course on composition at the Festival. This is...
Harp Lessons via Skype – Christine Edwards

Harp Lessons via Skype – Christine Edwards

Today’s post is by Christine Edwards, a harp teacher who has embraced the age of virtual music lessons. Christine delivered a workshop on teaching harp over Skype at EIHF 14 as part of The Clarsach Society’s ongoing courses to support new teachers. The...
New RCS Harp Repertoire

New RCS Harp Repertoire

New harp repertoire for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland traditional music graded exams (2014-2020). Includes great arrangements and compositions from Scottish harp players and tutors. Tune list below. Exam books available to purchase via scotlandsmusic.com Exams...
Royal National Mod, Inverness

Royal National Mod, Inverness

The 111th Royal National Mod will take place in Inverness between the 10-17 October this year. Clarsach Competition Day is Wednesday, 15 October at Inverness High School.  The day will close with a celebratory ceilidh hosted by the Highland Branch of The Clarsach...
Herald Angel Award: Catriona McKay & Chris Stout

Herald Angel Award: Catriona McKay & Chris Stout

Harp and fiddle duo Catriona McKay and Chris Stout have won a Herald Angel Award at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Catriona and Chris, who have worked together as a duo for almost twenty years, won the award following their concert as part of Scotland’s Harps...
Edinburgh Fringe: Harp Events

Edinburgh Fringe: Harp Events

If you in Edinburgh this August, don’t miss these wonderful harp events as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: In association with the Edinburgh Branch of The Clarsach Society: Scotland’s Harps – A Celebration 1: Suberb duo Catriona McKay (clarsach) and Christ...
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...
Elinor Evans recital at the RCS

Elinor Evans recital at the RCS

Elinor Evans, winner of the Young Composer Award 2012, will be performing her final exam recital on the clarsach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Monday 2nd June 2014, 11am. The performance will last 50 minutes and is open to the public. So, if you enjoyed...
Follow on courses for EIHF beginners and post-beginners

Follow on courses for EIHF beginners and post-beginners

If you have attended a beginners or post-beginners class at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, you can carry on learning with the Edinburgh Branch of The Clarsach society. There will be separate classes for children and adults and we can supply some harps. ...
YOUR SAY!

YOUR SAY!

We’d like to hear what you thought of EIHF 2014 so we can deliver an even better Festival for you in 2015. Please help us by completing our short questionnaire. If you submitted a  paper questionnaire at the Festival, there is no need to complete this online...