Notice of AGM

The Clarsach Society invites its current members to attend the Annual General Meeting that will be held at Merchiston Castle School during the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. The meeting shall last 45 minutes and refreshments will be...

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* SOLD * Mark Norris Clarsach for Sale

*NOW SOLD* Mark Norris Clarsach Ash Year, 2004 £3,200 or nearest reasonable offer. Well cared for Mark Norris clarsach for sale, including soft carrying case and tuning key. 2 minor cosmetic scuffs (see photos). Available for pick-up from Heriot village in the Scottish Borders or in the Edinburgh area. Please contact Mhairi Law at mlaw7@hotmail.co.uk or 07599217064 - happy to answer any questions....

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Annual Report 2017-18

Annual Report 2017-18 We are happy to announce that our Annual Report has now been published. The printed edition will be making its way to your local branch in the coming weeks but we encourage you to read this digital copy. Each year The Clarsach Society National Office get in touch will the Local Branches around the UK and compile the Annual Report to share the news and activities that have been going on across the UK. We love reading the stories you share and hope that you will enjoy them too. Click here to read the Annual...

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Condolences – Helen MacLeod

Edinburgh Branch Member Katie Harrigan’s kind words on the late Helen MacLeod. Our dear friend Helen MacLeod died most tragically in a car accident on 23rd July, aged only 37. Helen was a long-standing and much-loved member of The Clarsach Society. She was passionate about traditional music as well as classical repertoire, and while she was a pupil at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, she played with Na Clarsairean. She was an inspirational teacher of many members of the Society, both at an individual level, and as an exciting and energetic group leader at various Branch meetings. Part of her legacy is the passion she instilled in many students for the clarsach and its music, so much so that she became a vital part of many of our lives. Helen also made regular appearances at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, both as a performer and as a teacher. The attached Obituary is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful, vibrant, kind and colourful person whose death has left many of us bereft....

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Membership Renewals 2018-19

Thank you for your continued support for The Clarsach Society Your membership fee funds many vital elements of The Society including: helping branches to continue their activities in your local area, ongoing investment in quality instruments for the Harp Hire scheme, awarding scholarships to those facing financial hardship, encouraging new music to be written for the clarsach via the Young Composer Award and helping sustain interest and playing of the clarsach. Membership renewals are due on the 1st of July 2018 for the 2018-19 period. If you have renewed at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival or afterwards your membership will be valid for the 2018-19 period. You can renew or join the society by following this link: Renew Now If you prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, you can download the form on this page for full details: Alternative Methods of...

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Applications Now Open for Young Composer Award 2018

  The Young Composer Award is an annual competition based award issued by The Clarsach Society. Composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to present an original piece of music lasting no longer than 12, and no less than 8 minutes, suitable for: a) Solo Clarsach/Non-pedal harp b) Clarsach/Non-pedal harp and up to 3 other instruments and/or voices The award is £500 plus a premiere performance at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2019.    Applications are open till 5pm on October 31st 2018. Click here to apply.   The Clarsach Society is most grateful to the Imlay Foundation, whose generous donation is supporting this Award   Aiden Lochrin, The Young Composer Award Winner 2017 – with Rachel Groves playing his Clarsach Composition  ...

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Children’s Event at The EIHF 2018 – Players Needed!

Players of school age, and players of all levels can find out more and register to participate now!

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2018

Edinburgh International Harp Festival will be open for bookings from January 15th 2018. Please keep an eye on the festival webpage and be sure to check back regularly to see updates and artist announcements. We look forward to welcoming you at the festival from from March 30th to April 4th 2018.  ...

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