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**PLEASE NOTE: Owing to Covid-19 restrictions, we are regrettably unable to arrange new harp hires at the present time.  Please contact us for further information, or if you would like to be added to our waiting list.**

One of the Society’s key activities is hiring good quality harps to members at affordable prices.  Society members can arrange harp hire through the National Office in Edinburgh, or through local Branches (subject to availability).

If you’re not already a member of The Clarsach Society, you will need to join before you’re able to hire a harp from us.

Harp Hire Fees 2020

  • Clarsach Society membership: Family £25, Adult £20, Concessionary £10
  • Non-returnable registration fee of £10
  • Administration fee of £30 on commencement of hire
  • Monthly Clarsach Society harp rental fee: standard harp £25 / EIHF harp* £22.50

Once you have signed up as a member and paid the registration fee, you will be put on our waiting list: we will then be in touch with you as soon as a harp becomes available.

We will send you a contract via email to sign and return to us.  You will also need to put in place insurance (with e.g. Jack Hayward Insurance) for the harp for the duration of your hire.

Once the paperwork is complete, we will arrange a mutually-convenient date and time for you to come and collect the harp from the National Office in Edinburgh.  The administration fee of £30 is due on collection.

If you live too far to collect the harp in person, a courier can be arranged to deliver the instrument in our custom flight case.

Read our Harp Hire Terms and Conditions here.

*An EIHF hire harp is allocated to members living in Edinburgh.  The harp gets recalled once a year for the duration of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, but to reflect this the price is less than usual (£22.50 per month, as opposed to £25.00).  After the Festival, you collect the harp again and the hire continues.

Commercial or Short-Term Hires

If you have an enquiry about commercial or short-term hire, please phone the office on 0131 554 0212 or email us and we will do our best to help.

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music for all experience levels

The Society publishes over 40 music folios for every level and style of playing.

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival

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The Edinburgh International Harp Festival is an annual celebration and gathering of musical talents from the global harp community.

The 40th EIHF will take place 9-14 April 2021.

The 2020 EIHF unfortunately had to be cancelled, owing to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Obviously this has financial implications for the Festival: if you are in a position to help us secure the continuance of the Festival in the future, please consider making a donation.

Meanwhile, see the Festival website to find out what harp (and EIHF committee) superstar Rachel Hair came up with to keep us all harping in 2020…


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