Transpennine Harps (online) Festival 2020

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Notice of AGM

The Clarsach Society’s Virtual Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday the 14th of November at 11:00 AM, via Zoom. We welcome all members who wish to attend. If you would like to attend and have not received an invite via your branch, please email office@clarsachsociety.co.uk for further...

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For Sale: 31 String “Lapwing” Yule harp. 1997

In perfect condition.Not a mark on it. Lovely sound. Carbon strings. Sycamore and Walnut. One owner.This harp is in Ireland at the moment but has a flight case in addition to soft case and it could be shipped anywhere. £ 3,000. Email:  wjharp333@gmail.com    ...

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THE VIRTUAL ROYAL NATIONAL MÒD OCTOBER 2020

An Comunn Gàidhealach are delighted to announce that they will be holding an online version of Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail later this year. In keeping with the tradition, the event will take place during October and allow our Gaelic community to celebrate and showcase our language and music. Like many other events and festivals, this year’s Royal National Mòd, due to take place in Inverness in October, fell victim to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Junior and senior participants will be able to record performances in their respective categories and upload and submit their performances online with performances being showcased via The Royal National Mòd’s social media channels in October. The full list of disciplines including singing, bàrdachd, instrumental and highland dancing categories can be found here as well as further information on the Virtual Mòd. Performances must be submitted by 31st July. In addition to the performances of participants taking part in the Mòd, a programme of exciting online events is planned to run alongside the online celebration. Further details on a programme of events will be released in due course. Please click on the following link to view the Virtual Royal National Mod 2020 syllabus: Virtual Mod 2020 Syllabus Please click on the following link for further guidance on the Virtual Royal National Mod 2020: Virtual Mod 2020 Guidelines For further information, please contact info@ancomunn.co.uk or Tel. 01463 709...

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Susanne Lloyd-Jones

It was with great sadness that we learned of Susanne’s passing recently. Susanne was a wonderful musician and became interested in the clarsach, subsequently joining The Clarsach Society (Highland Branch) and then being elected onto the Executive Council and Music Committee. On behalf of everyone at The Clarsach Society, we send condolences to George, Susanne’s family and friends. Here is a photo of Susanne, at the National Mòd in Dunoon 2018, having won the Hilda Mary Campbell trophy – senior self accompaniment...

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Jenny Mackenzie

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jenny Mackenzie, a former member of our Executive Council. Jenny was originally a member of The Edinburgh Branch of The Clarsach Society before moving to Fort Augustus, where she founded The Highland Branch. She had been resident in a care home in Daviot, south of Inverness. Jenny is survived by her two sons Jamie and Torquil and her grandson Ossian, who now runs Old Pier House, a family-run B&B she owned in Fort Augustus. Jenny will be remembered with great fondness and respect by everyone who had the pleasure to know her. She was in her...

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Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award

The Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award is an annual competition named in memory of John Macleod. Composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to submit an original piece of music –  lasting no longer than 10 and no less than 8 minutes – suitable for: a) Solo Clarsach / Lever harp or b) Clarsach / Lever harp and up to 3 other instruments and/or voices. The award is £500 plus a premiere performance at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. We are now open for submissions of music for 2020. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before applying. All submissions should be sent to office@clarsachsociety.co.uk by 5pm on 30th October 2020.  ...

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The Virtual EIHF 2020!

Whilst we cannot all be together this year in Edinburgh, the EIHF still wants to give you the chance to experience some happy harping.  So from the evening of Friday the 3rd of April until the evening of Wednesday the 8th April, we will be uploading daily videos: FREE FOR EVERYONE NO NEED TO REGISTER VIDEOS ON OUR WEBSITE/YOUTUBE/FACEBOOK You will be able to learn some tunes/skills with our 1pm harp tutor videos AND every evening at 7.30pm you will be able to enjoy some fantastic harp music videos. No registration is needed, the videos are free, and will be available to view after they are premiered meaning that they will be accessible in all timezones. Videos will be viewable on our Facebook page, YouTube channel, and hopefully also here on our website.  We’re very excited about this, and we really hope it will make you smile in what is challenging times for us all.    Lastly, if you’d like to keep yourself occupied until the Virtual EIHF begins, many harp tutors and players are offering online harp lessons and have books/cds for sale and download. Please look them up via their website/facebook pages to help support them (take a look at the programme to remind yourself who they are and what you’ll otherwise be missing!). Visit the Festival Facebook page and  website for all the latest news and...

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