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Harps North West


Harps North West is a Registered Charity, no. 1093441.



Harps North West is written as 3 separate words, or shortened to HNW.


Our Convenor (Chair) is Ms Lyn Walby.



Awards and recognition:


HNW are delighted to have been awarded Runner Up for England at the Epic Awards 2016.


The Epic Awards were set up in 2010 by Voluntary Arts, an organisation that works across the UK and Republic of Ireland to promote, support and champion the voluntary cultural sector, and they celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities.


'EPIC' stands for Engagement, Partnerships, Innovation and Creativity.


"For Harps North West to be England Runner-Up for the Epic Awards 2016 is a true honour, and a wonderful reflection of the work that went into creating our Newvember Challenge. To be recognised for our efforts to embrace our internet age is very humbling, as we felt we were just taking the next natural step in reaching out to harp players and encouraging the playing of this wonderful instrument. We are very proud to be England Runner-Up, and grateful to Epic Awards for this recognition. It is a wonderful accolade that makes us want to go out and do more and more!" - Mary Dunsford, HNW Committee Member, and tutor on the Newvember Challenge videos.


For more on the Epic Awards, see their website:



Current exciting projects:


Composer in Residence - with Scottish Harper and Composer, Karen Marshalsay.


Through 2016 we are working with the talented Karen on creating a music work exclusively for HNW and its members. The Premiere will take place at our Christmas Concert Party in December.


For more on our Composer in Residence programme, click here.


Recent exciting projects:


Newvember Challenge - November 2015


This is the project which led to HNW being shortlisted for the Epic Awards 2016. A month-long challenge to learn a new harp piece, taught via videos online in small snippets each day. With every new day, more material would become available, culminating in learning the complete piece by day 30. Playing the harp can sometimes feel like an isolated activity, and particularly as we cover such a large rural area, we wanted to embrace the internet and social media to bring quality harp tuition and music into people's homes.

We were blown away by the response, with participants taking part from as far away as Amercia, Canada and even Australia! The overwhelming response was that it created a sense of community, and we feel very humbled to have created that experience.


For more on the Newvember Challenge, including access to videos etc, click here.


Future exciting projects:


HNW Summer Festival 2017


We are looking forward to running our 4th Summer Festival in August 2017. We are delighted to announce we have the marvellous Wendy Stewart as our headline performer and tutor for the weekend. Joining her will be, among others, composer and harper Stephen Dunstone, and Gaelic Mouth musician and harper, Calum Macleod.


To see more about our last Summer Festival, held in 2015, click here.