The Edinburgh International Harp Festival is run by
The Clarsach Society/Comunn na Clàrsaich.

Established in 1931 at the close of the National Mòd in Dingwall, the Society’s main aim is to promote the clarsach and its music in Scotland and in the wider world harp community. This is done through the ten regional Branches scattered throughout UK and the special interest Wire Branch by organising events, courses and classes to suit the particular needs and enthusiasm of Branch members in each area.

One of the most important activities of the Society is to hire good quality harps to members at affordable prices. Through this scheme, some of the best-known performers and teachers, many of whom feature in this year’s Festival, were enabled to take their very first steps in successful careers.

To encourage those who attend one of the classes for beginners at the Festival and for those who are keen to continue playing, a series of follow-on classes for adult and child beginners will be arranged – so long as there is sufficient interest. This will offer the opportunity to consolidate, develop your skills and meet with other harp players. Full details will be issued during the Festival and arrangements finalised after that. The classes will take place in Edinburgh, probably on a Saturday – and harps will be provided.

The Society also collects and publishes music for the clarsach and was, in fact, first in the field to do this for members, when such arrangements and compositions were very few. The Society now publishes 40 Folios which are available to all from the Society’s National Office (tel: +44 (0) 131 554 0212). In October 2011, the Society published 6 new folios, providing exciting new arrangements for Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels. These are available from Creighton Collections tel: +44 (0) 29 2039 7711).

An Annual Scholarship is offered to members to help with the cost of tuition where there is a need.

To encourage original music for clarsach, the annual Young Composer Award has been set up by The Clarsach Society, the prize to include a cash award and the premier performance of the winning entry at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. The winner of the 2011 award will be announced, the prize presented and the music performed at this year’s closing concert on Wednesday April 4th at 7.30pm.

If you would like to become member and help further the work of the Society, or just know more about us, visit the Society’s Information Desk in the Café

Argyll Branch
Alicia Chapple, Woodside Cottage. Furnace, Argyll, PA32 8XN
Tel: +44 (0) 1499 500298

Bristol & West of England
Catherine Dack, 96 Swallow Park, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1LU

Hazel Briton, 107 Sheriff’s Park, Linlithgow, EH49 7SR

Liz McAllan
Tel: +44 (0) 1357 440339

Mari Todd, Flat Ardmeanich, Station Road, Avoch, Ross-shire IV9 8PS
Tel: +44 (0) 1381 622574

Isle of Lewis
Cathy Macleod, 15 Tolsta Chaolais, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS2 9DW
Tel: +44 (0) 1851 621471

London & South East
Anne Chorley, 47 Watermills Close, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 2ND
Tel: +44 (0) 1264 337903

Morag Pugh, Stanton House, Stanton, Northumberland, NE65 8PS
Tel: +44 (0) 1670 772234

Andee Craig, Rose Terrace, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4QA

Wales Branch
Richard Crawford, 5 St. Mary Street, Cardigan, SA43 1HA
Tel: +44 (0) 1239 621092

Wire Branch
Suzanne Allen, Flat 6, 3 Meggatland View, Edinburgh, EH14 1XS
Tel: +44 (0) 1314 436446