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We Are Harps North West 


Harps North West is a registered charity whose main aim is to promote playing, teaching and appreciation of the harp.


We offer lots of exciting opportunities for people in North West England to learn more about this beautiful and fascinating instrument.


We aim to enable more people to enjoy the harp in its various forms: from the inexpensive "cardboard" lap-harp to the glorious concert harp and everything in between, but especially the lever harp which is also known as the folk harp or clarsach. 


Most of our members, teachers and players live in

Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire, where we organise workshops, playing groups, skills sessions and our Summer Harp Festivals.


We hope that you enjoy your visit to our site, and that the harp will capture your imagination as it did ours!

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COME AND TRY THE HARP!


4 times a year we run an Absolute Beginners workshop which is open to anyone who would like to try their hand at the harp. No musical experience necessary! So if you've always wanted to have a go, or know someone who might be keen click here for more info.


NEXT BEGINNERS' SESSION - 


Sunday 25th February 2024

The Community Hall, Grizebeck, LA17 7XH

1.45 - 4.15


Contact us to register your interest and receive notifications. 


£30


Email us at events@harpsnorthwest.org.uk to sign up.


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Our Next Events

25th February 2024

Come and Try the Harp! - Absolute Beginners Workshop

13.45 - 16.30 

Led by Mary Dunsford 

£30

Grizebeck Community Hall, LA17 7XH


7th February 2024

Online - Zoom Practise for 20th Anniversary Concert Tour.

Led by Mary Dunsford 

Free to members 


No need to sign up, link and sheet music will be emailed to all members. 

25th February 2024

Live Practise for 20th Anniversary Concert Tour.

In person rehearsal for the 20th Anniversary concert tour, and playing group concerts led by Mary Dunsford 


Grizebeck Community Hall, LA17 7XH


10am tuning - 10.30 - 12.30 - Session

Come and hear us! 

16th Feb - HOW at Egremont Farmer's Market - AM 

20th Feb - HNW at Allen Bank 11-13.00

24th Feb - HNW: Benefit for Musicians of Ukraine and Music for Parkinson's Disease fund raising concert. St Anne's Church, Ings, LA8 9PY

3rd March - 20th Anniversary Concert Tour - HNW Performances Group, Mary Dunsford & Susan Lambert in concert. Heron Theathre 2.30pm 

JaNEWary Challenge 2024!


Join us for our next

JaNEWary Challenge!

 

Learn new music with bitesize videos with our tutor

Mary Dunsford, featuring music by

Eira Lynn Jones.


Sheet music made available along side tuition and playalong videos daily. 


Click here for more details.

  

Become a member of HNW 


  • Monthly Newsletter and email updates of all the goings on at HNW. 
  • Free Monthly Skills and Playing Sessions and discounted Guest Tutor Workshops. 
  • Access to playing groups around the North West, supported by HNW.  
  • Opportunities for formal and informal performances and playing sessions. 
  •  social events organised by Harps North West for members, their families and friends.
  • Opportunity to hire a harp from usfor a short fixed period (subject to availability) until you can buy one of your own.
  • Join our committee and have your say on what exciting new projects we do in the future.   


Find out how to join here. 


HNW membership

Adult £20 per annum

Under 18s £10

Family £25

Our role as a charity


              Harps North West serves the general public in these ways:


    • We introduce absolute beginners of all ages to playing the harp at  tutor-led Beginner Workshops.


    • We promote and organise tutor-led Player Workshops  and courses for harp players across a range of abilities.
      These workshops and courses primarily are open to our subscribing members but some are also open to
      non-members.

     

    • We promote and provide harp playing performances, as informal recitals and as formal concert events open to the general public.


    • We provide information to the public to promote the work of Harps North West.

 

News and Updates 


Find out what we have been up to as a society and as individual harpists and all the exciting goings on in our harping community. 



Workshops and Events.

Find out what exciting workshops and events we have coming up over the next year.  


Becoming a Member 


For our subscribing members our management committee promotes harp playing opportunities and social activities

 Benefits of becoming a member:



  • Playing groups 
  • Monthly Sessions
  • Info & support in all things harp
  • Access to Harp Hire
  • Monthly News Letters
  • Priority booking on Guest tutor workshops.

Online Leaning and Resources

Our JaNEWary Challenges will remain online for you to keep revisiting and learning, with expert guidance from one of our tutors Mary you can learn lots of new music with us. 


We also have a section dedicated to links to all things harp, from suppliers to festivals and all things inbetween. You can find allsorts in our Harping Directory.