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Events for All


Friday 4th August 2017 - Festival Opening Concert!

Wendy Stewart & Friends

Christ Church, Penrith. 7.30pm Tickets £12. Under 18s free*


“Nine Nests”, the first half of the concert, is a 45 minute soundscape based around short poems by Tom Pow, celebrating the intimate symbolism of nests. Wendy Stewart’s harp weaves layered and interlocking melodies around the poetry to create a magical performance. In the second half of the concert Wendy plays a variety of her own harp arrangements and compositions.

*Under 18s free with paying adult.


Contact for tickets!

There may be some available on the door too.


Saturday 5th August 2017 - Absolute Beginners' Workshop

Newton Rigg, Penrith. 2.00 - 5.00pm £25.00


Ever fancied learning the harp, but didn't know where to start?! This is the perfect opportunity to have a hands-on session with our super teacher! Learn all about how to play and get a great sound, and learn some fun tunes along the way.


We run these sessions several times a year, but this one is particularly special for being within our Summer Festival, so you will get the chance to meet existing players, many of whom started playing at a beginners session just like this one!


BOOKING ESSENTIAL - limited spaces.

Download your application form here.


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

Newton Rigg, Penrith


Another fabulous weekend of harping, organised by HNW. Great tutors, great variety of topics, great company - something for everyone! LIMITED SPACES REMAINING FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS - weekend long booking now closed!


To learn more and to book, visit our Summer Festival Page.




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.



Dates 2017



4-6 August. Weekend

Newton Rigg, Penrith


Saturday 9 September

Burton in Kendal

Playing morning and AGM

Sunday 10 December

Threlkeld Village Hall

Christmas Concert Party!




A Taste of Past Events


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!


Saturday 15th October 2016 - 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.


Saturday 6th August 2016 - Day Workshop: Ben Creighton Griffiths

A day introduction to improvisation with the marvellous Ben Creighton Griffiths.



Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August 2015

HNW Summer Harp Festival