The Edinburgh International Harp Festival returns this April for its 32nd year. The five-day festival will take place from 5 to 10 April 2013 at Merchiston Castle School.

The theme of the 2013 festival is evolution, examining the journey from the medieval era to modern MIDI harps. There will be a number of events presented as part of the Resonating String series, which focuses on the development in the repertoire and construction of the harp. Music historian John Purser will present a Cameo Concert, where musicians will perform short pieces tracing the journey of the harp from ancient times to the modern era.

Workshops include learning to play the harp in a fifteenth-century style, music making in ancient Scotland and Ireland, and an examination of Camac’s high-tech MIDI harp. This year’s format differs from previous festivals, with courses running on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with Monday becoming a ‘Day of Different Delights’ where participants can attend talks and classes differing from their own chosen course, or visitors can practise music and techniques learnt over the previous days. This new structure provides an opportunity for visitors to attend talks discussing research on the earliest or newest of harps.

Along with the courses and events ran as part of the festival, the harp makers exhibition, consisting of both UK and overseas manufacturers, will also take place across the five days – allowing visitors to purchase, rent or accessorise their harp.

www.harpfestival.co.uk

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