Two weeks before one of the main harp events of the year, there’s still time to book your holidays to Scotland. For more than thirty years (see the article Song of the Oak and the Ivy), the Edinburgh International Harp Festival invites musicians from all over the world with Edmar Castaneda and Park Stickney, among the stars of the present edition.
One of the festival’s strengths is certainly to manage keeping a strong local theme, on the stage as well as in the courses, with a wide range of people programmed, such as the Scottish regulars Corrina Hewat, Mary Macmaster, Patsy Seddon, Savourna Stevenson and Wendy Stewart, while at the same time welcoming musicians from other countries.
As every year, during the day, celtic harp and pedal harp classes are scheduled, and workshops with topics ranging from Ceilidh dances, Gaelic language, voice, etc. From Saturday morning till Wednesday noon, the harp makers’ exhibition offers a great opportunity to see and try new harps models. The session organised every night is one of the great successes of the festival, where trainees and teachers meet together to share more music.
We would like to take this occasion to congratulate Isobel Mieras, artistic advisor of the festival, for being awarded of the Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music for her work promoting the Scottish harp. Devoted more to her instrument rather than to official ceremonies, it was in her absence that she received the prize at the 10th Scots Trad Music Awards in Fort William, last December.
The Edinburgh International Harp Festival will run from the 5th till the 10th of April:
Merchiston Castle School
294 Colinton Road,
Edinburgh, EH13 0PU