Interested persons of any age or ability (including non-players) from the UK and overseas can become a member of the Society by joining any Branch of their choice.

Branches organise events and gatherings at a local level. Contact details and branch information can be found below.

The National Office processes membership applications on behalf of the branches as well as hiring out harps, publishing music folios, organising courses, concerts, competitions and the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. If would you like to contact the National Office, you can find our contact details here.

NB: Please note that the National Office and the Edinburgh Branch are separate entities.

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Alicia Chapple


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

Dumfries and Galloway
Pauline Johnstone




Na Clàrsairean is the clarsach orchestra run by the Edinburgh branch of the Clarsach Society.  It welcomes players from all areas, whether or not they are society members.  There is a charge to cover the cost of running sessions – currently £6 per adult and £3 for children and students.

Please arrive at the venue in time to be tuned and ready to start playing at the start time.  Our sessions usually finish with lovely home baking tea and coffee.




Sat 26 May, Sat 9 June, Sat 23 June, Sat 14 July, Sat 4 August: All Na Clarsairean Seessions 2:30 – 4:30 pm except 26 May 10:00 am – noon and 9 June 3:30-5:30 pm at Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall

Wed 22 August: Rehearsal for Fringe concert 7:30-9:30pm at Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall

Thurs 23 August: Edinburgh Festival Fringe rehearsal and concert – access 5:30pm concert 7:30-9:00pm at St Andrew’s and St George’s, George Street, Edinburgh

Saturday 1 September: AGM at St John’s Church, 223 Oxgangs Rd N

Saturday 15 Sept: Rehearsal for UNICEF Concert at Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall

Friday 21 Sept: Fundraising Concert 7:30 – 8:30pm at St Anne’s Church, Dunbar in aid of UNICEF

Sunday 21st Oct: Joint Northumbrian and Edinburgh Branch, Paxton House, Paxton, Berwick-Upon-Tweed TD15 1SZ

Saturday 27 Oct: Open Platform at Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall

Saturday 10 Nov: Joint Glasgow and Edinburgh Branch Meeting Craiglockhart Parish Church

Saturday 24 Nov: Edinburgh Branch Day to Play at Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall

Saturday 1, 8 and 15 December: Harps of Gold Rehearsals (venue TBC)

Sunday 16 December: Harps of Gold Concert at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.



Phoebe Pearson


Helen Skuodas

Isle of Lewis

Janet Cameron

London & South East
Anne Chorley, 5 Church Walk, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1HJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1787 378640
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Local Branch Workshops / Playdays

The branch organises two residential weekend courses annually, one at the end of September which takes place at Benslow Music in Hitchin, and the other in June, in Kent, Surrey, or Norfolk.  There are also a number of local groups within the branch, which hold playing meetings and/or workshops. Details of forthcoming events are circulated to branch members monthly by email.  Non members are welcome to attend branch events but will be charged a higher fee than members.

Contact for more details.
Future dates: Meetings are normally held monthly.

Branch Harp Hire

The branch has a number of harps for hire, mainly 34 string harps although some are smaller.  The monthly hire charge is generally £30, but less for some of the older or smaller harps.  A deposit equivalent to 3 months’ hire is required at the start of the hire period.  Further details are available on the branch website.  The branch harp hire administrator is Charles Hope, email  The branch also has two loan harps available, which are loaned out at no charge for a period of one year starting in July each year.  Further details of the loan scheme, including eligibility and how to apply, are available on the branch website.

North East Scotland
Maggie Trickey


Morag Pugh
Tel: +44 (0) 1670 772234

Transpennine (Yorkshire & Northern England)

Membership Secretary
Susan Carr

Wales Branch

Sheila Evans-Pritchard

Wire Branch

Secretary / Convenor
Suzanne Allen