Photograph: Times photographer James Glossop Harpist Rachel Groves.

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 at the Edinburgh International Harp Fes

tival on Sunday 2nd April at 3pm at Merchiston Castle School, where she will also receive her award for the competition.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Rachel Groves, 18, has been playing the clarsach for 7 years, and has been attending EHIF since 2010 when she had had just two lessons! She began the pedal harp a year and a half ago and has lessons with Sharron Griffiths, at the Junior Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

In December 2016 Rachel was named a joint winner of the Times’ annual Carol Competition and performed her piece with the Bach Choir in London. Rachel is currently taking a gap year, volunteering with a church in Edinburgh. Having wanted to write something for this competition for the past couple of years, she decided this was the year to finally do it but was incredibly surprised and delighted to have been successful!