Edinburgh Branch

Branch Information

We are a large, busy branch with a wide range of activities for harpers at every level.  We take part in three major concerts every year – at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and an annual Christmas concert, Harps of Gold, in the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh .  As well as rehearsing for our concerts (expertly led by Isobel Mieras), we have lots of other fun workshops throughout the year, ranging from our Burns Bash in January to regular annual workshops with Northumberland and Glasgow branches and our Open Platform event in October.

Here’s what is planned so far for 2020.  You’re all invited to join us!  Music is provided for all levels of ability.  Look out for further details in due course and in the February Newsletter.  This programme has been arranged by the Branch Committee:  Isobel Mieras and Helen Forster (Co-Convenors), Catherine Dowell (Treasurer), Anne Moar (Secretary), Ellie Evans, Katie Harrigan, Laura Jones, Gabriele Kuhn, Morag Philips (Membership Secretary)

 

When? What? Where? What is it?
2020
Saturday

25 January

Burns Bash, 2.00pm-6.00pm Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall Music from 2.00-4.30 followed by an informal Burns Supper.  Margaret Collin will be our Tutor and will share music with us.

If you plan to attend, in particular for the Burns Supper, please e-mail Helen Forster – see address below.  Traditional and veggie haggis will be available.  Further information in early January.

Saturday 1 February Rehearsal for concert at EIHF (8 April) St John’s Colinton Mains, 223 Oxgangs Road North, Edinburgh EH13 9ED All of these rehearsals are from 2.00-4.30pm followed by tea and homebaking.

 

The halls will be open from 1.30pm – please arrive in plenty of time to get your harp tuned and ready for a prompt start at 2.00pm

Saturday 15 February Rehearsal for concert St John’s Colinton Mains
Saturday 29 February Rehearsal for concert Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall
Saturday 14 March Rehearsal for concert Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall
Saturday 28 March Rehearsal for concert Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall
Wednesday 8 April Concert at EIHF, 3-4.00pm Memorial Hall, Merchiston Castle School Further information and rehearsal arrangements on the day will be advised.
Saturday 25 April Rehearsal for Festival Fringe concert Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall All of these rehearsals are from 2.00-4.30pm followed by tea and homebaking.

 

The halls will be open from 1.30pm – please arrive in plenty of time to get your harp tuned and ready for a prompt start at 2.00pm

Saturday 9 May Rehearsal for Festival Fringe concert Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall
Saturday 23 May Rehearsal for Festival Fringe concert Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall
Saturday 6 June Rehearsal for Festival Fringe concert Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall
Thursday 11 June Informal welcome to Edinburgh get-together with Sunita Staneslow’s US visiting group –

7.00-9pm

Venue to be advised. We’ll be meeting a group of 10-12 US harp players who are visiting the city and Sunita would like them to meet some from the Edinburgh Branch.  Hope you’ll note this in your diary.  More info in due course.
Saturday 27 June Rehearsal for Festival Fringe concert, 2.00-4.30 Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall
July and August dates to be advised Rehearsals for Festival Fringe concert Venue to be advised.
Friday 28 August Festival Fringe concert St Andrews’s and St George’s West, Edinburgh
Saturday 12 September Branch AGM and associated Workshop Craiglockhart Parish Church
Sunday 20 September Joint Day with Northumbrian Branch Venue to be advised.

Note:  There is a small charge for attending most Branch events.  This is to cover the costs of hall hire and heating, music, and expenses of tutors.  From 1 January 2020 the charge will be £6.50 per session for adults, £3.00 for children and students.  At the start of each calendar year there is an opportunity to pay an annual fee (£75) which covers attendance at all events and a note will be issued shortly with the details.

Any questions/more information needed?  E-mail helengforster@waitrose.com

Useful links

Edinburgh Branch Facebook Page

The Clarsach Society’s Facebook Page

 

Primary Contact

clarsachsedinburgh@gmail.com

Geographical Area Covered

As well as Edinburgh and the Lothians,  we have members from Fife, Central Scotland, and the Borders


Edinburgh Branch
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