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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Virtual Tea Concert: all welcome!

The North-East Scotland Branch is delighted to present their first ever Lockdown Virtual Tea Concert using Zoom! Normally at this time of year they are busy performing and fundraising by organising Tea Concerts around Aberdeenshire.  So this year, because of lockdown, they are experimenting with doing one online. If you would to attend this free event please email nesclarsach@gmail.com so they can add you to the guest list.  More information from their Facebook...

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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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34-string harp, Paddy Cafferky

A 34-string harp made by Paddy Cafferky of Galway.  The maker has retired from producing new harps but still offers servicing. There is also a case, some sheet music, small music stand and spare strings included. The harp was made in 1994 and has had one owner. £3000 Ono. Email: alasdaircruickshank@hotmail.com,...

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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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Northumbrian Branch: Important News

With regret, the Northumbrian Branch has taken the decision to cancel all further Meetings and Courses for three months, in line with the latest government advice around the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please see the branch website for further details.

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**IMPORTANT NEWS**

It is with deep regret that we announce that the 2020 Edinburgh International Harp Festival has had to be cancelled, owing to Merchiston Castle School’s concerns over the COVID-19 virus. Our administration team will begin contacting ticket holders, for all our events, tomorrow. We ask you kindly for your patience in this. If you have booked accommodation at Merchiston, please email the school’s events team on events@merchiston.co.uk We are deeply saddened that we won’t see you this year, but rest assured, we will be back! Keep harping, The Edinburgh International Harp...

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