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The United Kingdom Harp Association celebrates our unique heritage, encourages creativity and inspires future generations within our diverse harp community.

The association exists to bring together all those interested in the harp, in all its forms, including amateur and professional players, teachers, and businesses providing services for the harp. It is run by unpaid volunteers.

What do we do?

 - Publish ‘HARP’ magazine: Our twice-yearly members magazine keeps you informed of all the news in the harp world; reviews of new music, recordings, concerts and courses; features relevant and interesting articles on harp topics; provides advertising space for harp-related events and products and much more. 

 -  We hold exciting harp events!

 - Our bursary scheme is open to all members. We also host performance opportunities to prize winners of the North London/Camac Harp Competition as well as performance/lecture opportunities prior to our AGM in London.

 - We run an active website, where you can find up-to-date information, a useful members' area, and a rolling diary of harp events across the UK on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

 - Our archive is available online exclusively to our members.

Short History

The origins of the United Kingdom Harp Association go back to 1959 when, during the First International Harp Contest held in Israel M. Pierre Jamet proposed the formation of an international harpists society, to be known as the "Association Internationale des Harpistes et Amis de la Harpe." This scheme has gone ahead in many countries across the world. Mme Maria Korchinska who was asked by M. Jamet to consider the formation of a United Kingdom Section, explored the possibilities, assisted by Messrs. Michael Jefferies and John Marson. From a survey carried out among leading professional harpists in London, it was found that there existed considerable support for the idea.

It was therefore agreed to proceed and the United Kingdom Harpists Association was formed on 1 October 1964. Since then the Association has opened its membership not only to professional players of the harp but also to  students, amateurs and lovers of the instrument and is now known as the United Kingdom Harp Association.

The first President was John Sebastian Morley.

The current President is Sioned Williams and Vice-Presidents are Alison Martin and Ruth Faber.

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