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!

EPIC harps


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.


Saturday 20th July 2024

Highham Hall 

Contact us to register your interest and receive notifications. 


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

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Notice Board 

Our Next Events

1st June

 Launch of JuNEWary Challenge! 

Videos will be available on all our online platforms.  

Join our tutor Mary Dunsford to learn a second piece, this time by Karen Marshalsay 

Friday14th June 

JuNEWary Challenge live Zoom.

with Tutor Mary Dunsford and Karen Marshalsay 8pm

 Sunday 16th June 

Concert - HNW Performance group, Wendy Stewart & Susan Lambert 

Kirkgate Arts Centre 2pm £15

Friday 21st June 

International Making Music Day - Play and chat on Windermere Jetty 

Windermere Jetty Museum

LA23 1BN 

14.00 - 16.00

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


    • 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.