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.

Notice Board 

Festival 29th-31st July 

Dates & Tutors Announced!

This year we look forward to welcoming our harp tutors: 

Lauren Scott 

Charlotte Petersen 

Jean Altshuler 

Mary Dunsford

At Ambleside University Campus, Cumbria

Click here to for more information

Our Next Events

 Sunday 26th June

10.00 - 16.00 -Full Day Live Session 

Ailie Robertson Workshop

Croftlands Community Centre Ulverston 

 Tuesday 5th July

20.00 - Online Workshop 

Playing in a Session 

on zoom, with Susan Lambert

 Saturday 30th July 

09.30 - 12.30

Absolute Beginners' Workshop

Ambleside University Campus

Come and try! Workshop open to the public no experience necessary.



 Saturday 30th July

1.00 - 17.30 - Live Session 

Youth Session with Guest Tutors

Calling all young harpists(18-) Come along to this unmissable FREE session

with guest tutors from this years festival

JaNEWary Challenge  

- online month of learning!

You can still access all of our JaNEWary challenges here.

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:

  • Free Monthly Workshops 
  • Playing groups 
  • 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.