Festivals and Courses

HARP FESTIVALS AND COURSES IN THE UK

This page lists established courses and festivals that have previously taken place on a regular basis. Please check the links for current information.

MARCH

Intermediate Folk Musicians and Harp Course, Halsway Manor, Somerset.  This course is for harp players and other folk instrumentalists who want to learn how to improvise, arrange, create harmonies, counter melodies and accompaniments.

APRIL

Edinburgh International Harp Festival  (usually the week before Easter)

JUNE

Festival of Irish Harp, Termonfeckin, near Dublin, Ireland

JULY

Retreat to the Harp, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire. Taught by Keziah Thomas and another invited tutor. For beginners to advanced players, pedal or lever harp.

Summer School of Early Irish Harp, Kilkenny, Ireland.

AUGUST

Teenage Harp Course,  Bath. For age 13-18 (minimum standard grade 3 or equivalent)

Harp Building Course in Southern Scotland  This annual course is a chance to put together your own Bohemian harp (26 or 33 strings) under the expert tuition of Christoph Locherbach, an inspirational harp maker from Southern Germany.  These harps are light-strung with rich sound and powerful projection. No previous woodworking skills are required, and all equipment is provided.  Costs range from £875 for a 26 string harp without levers, to £1280 for a 33 string harp with levers.  Accommodation extra (local B&B’s available). Contact Wendy Stewart 01387 820241.

Junior Harp Course, Bath. For age 9-13 (minimum standard grade 1 sightreading)

Harp Summer School, Hay on Wye, Welsh Border.  A fun and inspiring course for all standards and ages; tutors Hannah Stone, Harriet Earis, Lily Neill, Katherine Thomas.

O’Carolan Harp Festival, Keadue, Ireland

SEPTEMBER

Harp Village, Cromarty, The Black Isle. Tutors Corrina Hewat, Mary Macmaster, Patsy Seddon, Heather Yule.

HARP FESTIVALS ABROAD

Somerset Folk Harp Festival (U.S.) – an annual festival in July to celebrate the folk harp in all its aspects, held in Parsippany, NJ

World Harp Congress – held every three years, next takes place in Cardiff in July 2022