Youth Outreach

The Edinburgh International Harp Festival Outreach exists to encourage young harp players to engage with the festival by learning from festival tutors whilst giving them the chance to meet fellow players of the same age, in a welcoming and safe environment.

For our 2024 festival we have two FREE to attend Youth Outreach events…

The Dream Makers: Pre festival EIHF Youth Outreach

Do you know any school aged harp players? This year’s EIHF outreach is a two day project bringing together young harpers of all ages to take part in a performance of The Dream Makers, a magical suite of newly created music based upon the traditional tale of the same name. The story will be told live by storyteller Shona Cowie and will intertwine music performed by the EIHF Junior Ensemble, led by Neil Wood and Elinor Evans

The project is open to all school aged harpers of any level of experience provided they have access to an instrument and some previous experience of playing. It is FREE to attend for participants. 

Music will be distributed at the beginning of March for participants to familiarise themselves with prior to rehearsals. During rehearsals participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the creative process and shape the performance. 

*Open to all school aged harp players*
Rehearsals: Thursday 4th April 10.30am – 3.00pm and Friday 5th April 10.30am – 3.00pm (please bring a packed lunch)
Venue: Music School, George Watson’s College

Performance: Friday 5th April 3.00pm-4.00pm (support by The Royal Celtic Society)
Venue: Music School Auditorium, George Watson’s College
Audience tickets: £8 for adults, free for under 18. Book via


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The Dream Makers, Pre festival EIHF Youth Outreach is supported by:

EIHF Outreach for High School Aged harp players

Young harp players of any style and of High school age (approx age 11-18) are invited to take part in an intermediate/advanced level workshop with Adriano Sangineto. It is FREE to attend for participants. 

An Italian virtuoso musician, Adriano is internationally recognised for his exceptional contribution to Celtic harp music. He’s taught several times for us at the EIHF and his classes are always popular – we are sure the youngster will love his teaching in this workshop!

*Open to all High school age harp players*

When? 6th April, 4.30pm-5.30pm
Where? George Watson’s College


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