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Harps Across the Border


A joint playing session for members of Harps North West and the Dumfries and Galloway branch of the Clarsach Society on


Saturday 29th September 2018 10am to 4pm

playing 10.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 till 3.30


at Stormont Hall, Gretna DG16 5EA (opposite the Old Blacksmith's Shop)


Scottish and some Manx tunes from Wendy Stewart; Cumbrian tunes from Mary Dunsford to play and share.


Bring & share lunch – bring your favourite shareable dish.


Retail therapy opportunities at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village!6


COST : £10 – Pay on the day, but please let Lyn Walby ( or 01557 331035) know you're coming so we can have enough copies



Summer Festival 2019! Advance notice!


We are delighted to announce the dates and lead tutors for our Summer Festival in 2019!


Put the dates in your diary now, it's going to be one not to be missed!


26-28th July 2019 - Ambleside campus of University of Cumbria

with Meinir Heulyn and Ben Creighton Griffiths!


For more details visit our dedicated Festival Page.


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JaNEWary Challenge 2018 - Learn new music in the new year!


We had a great time this year with FOUR new tunes! Although January is over, the videos will remain available, so you can dip into this challenge any time! Visit our JaNEWary Challenge page to access all the videos and sheet music, including fabulous offerings from Wendy Stewart and Ben Creighton Griffiths!



Events for Our Members


Being a part of HNW has many benefits. We are delighted to offer a selection of FREE sessions for the benefit of our members, in addition to great workshop opportunities!



A Taste of Past Events


Sunday 15th July - Classics for Ensemble - Mary Dunsford


Tackling some beautiful classical melodies, made possible through the group efforts of an ensemble!


Sunday 27th May - Burns for All - Wendy Stewart


The beautiful melodies of Robert Burns, arranged for harp by the fabulous Wendy Stewart.


Saturday 24th March - Harp Workshop for Absolute Beginners


Ever fancied learning the harp, or know someone who does? Want to try one but don't know where to start? This was the workshop for you! No previous music experience needed as our experienced tutor guided you through the delights of playing the harp. (Next workshop planned for October 2018.)


Sunday 25th February AM - Harp in Healthcare - Mary Dunsford


The presence of live music in a healthcare setting acts as a window to the outside world! A clinical space transforms into a cultural one, and the live music provides a human contact that reaches out to the wellness within someone. This session examined the complexities,

considerations and joys of working with your harp in a healthcare setting. A great eye-opener for anyone interested in doing work in this area.


Sunday 25th February PM - Polish Lute Music arranged for lever harp - Jean Altshuler


Whether guarding the queen of Poland dur ing the Cossack war , running away from a cruel master whose relatives sought revenge for his execution, fleeing the Inquisition from Italy to Poland or escaping with the king from Poland to France, the Poles found time to write some of the best lute music of the Renaissance, including the first Sarabande in France.


Saturday 14th October 2017 - Harp Workshop for Absolute Beginners


Ever fancied learning the harp, or know someone who does? Want to try one but don't know where to start? Looking for the perfect Christmas present idea? This is the workshop for you! No previous music experience needed as our experienced tutor guides you through the delights of playing the harp.


Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August, 2017 - HNW Summer Festival!


Another fabulous weekend of harping, organised by HNW. Great tutors, great variety of topics, great company - something for everyone!


Saturday 17th June, 2017 - Music For All - Learn to Play Day!


A super drop-in morning where folks got to try the harp in a completely informal setting! Some stayed for five minutes, some stayed for an hour, and some did a spot of birdwatching while they were there!


Saturday 22nd April 2017 - Jazz Improv Workshop - Ben Creighton-Griffiths

A fantastic opportunity, which really got our creative juices flowing, under the exciting tutelage of Ben, with his stunning blue harp!


Sunday 11th December 2016 - World Premiere: The Lay of the Land

Our Christmas Concert Party this year featured the World Premiere of our Composer in Residence piece, The Lay of the Land. The marvellous Karen Marshalsay won our hearts with this special piece!




Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August 2015

HNW Summer Harp Festival