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  • The Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award – open for entries

    The Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award is an annual competition named in memory of John Macleod.

    Composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to submit an original piece of music (single movement or suite), 8-10 minutes in length, for either solo clarsach or clarsach and up to 3 other instruments and/or voices.

    The award is £500 plus a premiere performance at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival.

    The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 28th October 2022

    For more information on how to apply and the competition rules please visit The Clarsach Society website

    EIHF 2023

    We have some news for you … our 2023 Edinburgh International Harp Festival dates are now CONFIRMED, and we will be celebrating 4 days and 5 nights of all things harp from:


    So put them in your diary and as we can’t wait to see you again for our next festival at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh!

    EIHF On-Demand viewing extended


    We’re extending viewing access to allow you more time to enjoy (again and again!) our wonderful concerts and workshops that we filmed for you at the 2022 Edinburgh International Harp Festival.
    You’ll now be able to watch them until midnight on the 14th of May.

    f you’ve yet to purchase access to view our films you can continue to do so at our Box Office until midnight on the 30th of April.

    🤔 Have you been having trouble accessing the films? Remember to check out our Attending Online Help page.

    Let us know your thoughts…

    It’s now over a week since we said our farewells at the 41st EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL. It was so wonderful to be reunited with you all and celebrate all things harp.

    We hosted our first ever “hybrid” festival with online courses, concerts and workshops as well as our in-person festival at our new venue George Watson’s College.

    With so many “firsts” we’d love to know your thoughts on this year’s festival. We read every piece of feedback and your thoughts will help shape our plans for future festivals.

    We’ve put together a very short survey of 6 questions that we’d love you to take a few minutes to fill in.

    To access the feedback survey click HERE

    Did you attend in person? You can now rewatch!

    If you attended the EIHF in person for a concert or workshop you may have spotted an email from us like this in your inbox over the last few days … that’s because we’ve been busy processing your details to allow you online access to rewatch the concerts and workshops that you attended HOORAY!

    You can rewatch them again and again until midnight on the 30th of April.

    To access these films you need to click the Login to my wallet button in the email you received, login to your harp festival account (with the email you purchased your ticket with) and click “online events”. More info and HELP on how to do this is on the Attending Online page of this website.

    Remember if you didn’t attend but would still like to view some of the amazing concerts and workshops you can still purchase access to these via the what’s on page (Due to the admin involved, there will be a wait of of up to 24hrs in accessing these films)

    Zoom Course sales close 10am Wed 6th April

    Due to the administration that’s involved in our online zoom courses: SALES FOR ONLINE COURSES WILL CLOSE AT 10:00am (BST/UK time), on Wednesday 6th April.

    Sales of all in-person courses AND all workshops/concerts (both in person and online/on-demand) will still continue.

    Message of support from The Lord Provost 

    We were delighted to receive this message of support from The Lord Provost.

    “Now in its 41st year, the Edinburgh International Harp Festival has truly become one of the most important events in the harping world. This year’s programme promises to be better than ever.

    “This annual celebration and gathering of international musical talent continues to grow and with this year’s packed programme of concerts, courses and workshops there is something for all harp enthusiasts.

    “I want to take this opportunity to both congratulate and thank the Clarsach Society, as well as the sponsors, supporters and donors for their continued dedication to the EIHF and its continued success.

    “On behalf of the City of Edinburgh, I hope you enjoy your time here, and I hope that the festival once again delivers an unforgettable experience for all involved.”

    – Frank Ross
    The Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh

    Have you got your tickets for the festival? There is a wonderful array of in-person, online and on demand events for you to attend.

    Click here to see what’s on

    Back for 2022 – The EIHF Late Night Sessions

    We are VERY excited to announce that the EIHF Late Night Sessions are back for 2022.

    We will be hosting sessions at our wonderful new venue of George Watson’s College after our concerts in the bar area.

    To download our session tunebook click HERE.

    New Courses at EIHF 2022

    Elinor Evans – Fun with your Clarsach

    By special request, the ever-popular Elinor Evans will be giving a course just for children.

    • For children aged 13 and under
    • Mixed abilities
    • Three-day Course (9th, 10th, 11th April 2022)
    • Session time: 9am – 10.30am
    • Price: £45.00
    • In Person at George Watson’s College

    Heather Yule – The Stories, Legends and Tunes of the Ancient Harpers

    • 3 x Online Sessions
    • Sat 9th-Mon 11th April
    • 13:30-14:30
    • Via Zoom
    • Price: £45.00

    Cheyenne Brown – Fun and Friendly Scottish Music

    • 3 x Online Sessions
    • Sat 9th-Mon 11th April
    • 13:00-14:30
    • Via Zoom
    • Price: £45.00