Covid-19 UPDATE: During these admittedly strange and difficult times, we have tried to find ways to keep making music together despite the circumstances! We have moved all our activities online for the forseeable future - please contact us for more information.

One silver lining (we have to find them where we can...!) is that we have realised that our workshops and harp-related social activites are now much more accessible to those who are too far away or otherwise unable to travel to our events, and even once the situation improves we are aiming to provide a mixture of in-person and online activites and content for our members.

Events Diary 2020-21

We hold regular, laid-back tutor-led sessions as well as longer, more 'formal' workshops with guest tutors. Our 'Old Malton Saturdays' are held fortnightly (as were the Old Malton Group play-togethers), and are a space to look at and play some tunes 'together', to learn some new ones, and to discuss fingering/technique and arranging ideas. Led by Tamsin Dearnley. All Clarsach Society members are welcome - numbers are limited so please contact Annie Jones if you would like to join. You will then receive a zoom invitaion and the week's plan (including any necessary music!)

'Riddlesden Play-Togethers' are led by Lucy Nolan and follow a similar format - please check each date for specific details. To join a session please contact Lucy Nolan. All Clarsach Society members welcome!

In ordinary times, Lucy Nolan offers us regular group teaching and technique sessions over the course of a day. The sessions are divided into ability groups, with the option of booking a slot for a private lesson (numbers limited for the obvious reason that there's only one of her and only so much time!).

Both Lucy and Tamsin are more than happy to give private lessons via video link - please contact them for more information and bookings.

Upcoming Events
26th September 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley.

Get your dancing shoes on and a glass of wine at the ready for this Breton-inspired lively dance tune! As usual, the piece has multiple parts to choose from so it's suitable for all levels. Please just let Tamsin know if you'd like to attend and she will send out the appropriate music!

Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
10th October 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley. Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
18th October 2020 'Riddlesden Play-Together' with Lucy Nolan Online Zoom Room! £5 for CS members
24th October 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley. Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
7-8 November 2020 Transpennine Harps mini-festival!!
See our Festival 2020 page for more details!
Online Zoom Rooms!

£5/session for CS members

(£7 for non-members)

(some exceptions)

15th November 2020 'Riddlesden Play-Together' with Lucy Nolan Online Zoom Room! £5 for CS members
21st November 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley. Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
5th December 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley. Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
13th December 2020 Virtual workshop with Lucy Nolan Online Zoom Room! £5 for members
19th December 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley. Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
Previous Events
20th September 2020 'Riddlesden Play-Together' with Lucy Nolan Online Zoom Room! £5 for members
12th September 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley

We will be looking at a three-part arrangement of the beautiful Engliush melody 'Johnny's Gone For a Soldier'

Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
16th August 2020
2-4pm BST
'Riddlesden Play-Together' with Lucy Nolan Online Zoom Room! £5 for CS members
15th August 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley. Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
1st August 2020
10:30am BST
'Old Malton Saturday' with Tamsin Dearnley.

It's Yorkshire Day, so we'll be looking at a lovely Yorkshire tune in three parts. Make sure to have your Yorkshire Tea (and maybe even some biscuits) at the ready!

Online Zoom Room £5 for CS members
20th June 2020 Virtual day workshop with Mary Dunsford Online Zoom Room! £25 for CS members (£30 non-members)
June 7th 2020 Virtual workshop with Lucy Nolan Online Zoom Room! £5 for CS members
March 15th 2020 Virtual workshop with Lucy Nolan Riddlesden Memorial Hall £5 for CS members
February 16, 2020
10am - 4pm
Workshop with Tamsin Dearnley:

'Can you play X?!' ...

It happens to all of us at some point: someone comes along and asks 'Ooooh! You play the harp - can you play X?!'

Or perhaps you just think 'I REALLY want to be able to play this song I heard on the radio/youtube/wherever it is the cool kids get their music from these days...' Or perhaps you want to surprise a friend with a piece that means a lot to them, but you can't find the music anywhere...

In any case, we'll be looking at how to get from 'original song' to 'arrangement', using all the methods at our disposal, from learning by ear to using lead sheets and chord charts (because there IS no right or wrong way as long as you figure it out!). The focus will be on contemporary (ish) popular music, but obviously the techniques can be applied to any genre.

ll music will be arranged for the lever harp, but pedal harpists are also welcome - we can use our new skills to look at how to transfer or change the arrangements as necessary! The course will be taught by ear and using written melody lines and/or chord/lyric charts.

Riddlesden Memorial Hall £25 for CS members (£30 non-members)
February 6-8th 2020 Transpennine Harps performance at the Pantomime! Queens Hall, Burley in Wharfedale Adults £10
Concessions £9
Students & Children £6
February 2nd 2020 Tutor session with Lucy Nolan Riddlesden Memorial Hall £12 for CS members (£15 non-members)
January 12 2020 Join us for our annual Twelfth Night party! (Held during the day so as to be a little more sociable!) Riddlesden Memorial Hall Bring food!
December 15th 2019 Tutor session with Lucy Nolan Riddlesden Memorial Hall £12 for CS members (£15 non-members)
November 17th 2019 Tutor session with Lucy Nolan Riddlesden Memorial Hall £12 for CS members (£15 non-members)
August 18th 2019 Hands On Harps Day - a chance for absolute beginners to have a go on the harps and chat to some of our members and tutors. Everyone WILL go home being able to play a piece on the harp! Riddlesden Memorial Hall £25 for CS members (£30 non-members)
July 13th 2019 Informal play-together session (tea+ cakes + harps) Riddlesden Memorial Hall Bring cake!
June 16th 2019, 2pm

Join us at Cliffe Castle Museum for the annual FREE music performance by the Transpennine Harp Group.

There is no need to book, you can just turn up and enjoy. Seating is limited and we do advise arriving early to ensure a seat if you require one. You can also enjoy the music from the Balcony area of the Bracewell Smith Hall, however that is standing space only.

Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley FREE!
June 9th 2019 Informal play-together session (tea+ cakes + harps) Riddlesden Memorial Hall Bring cake!
June 2nd 2019 Tutor session with Lucy Nolan Riddlesden Memorial Hall £12 for CS members (£15 non-members)
May 11th 2019 Informal play-together session (tea+ cakes + harps) Riddlesden Memorial Hall Bring cake!
April 28th 2019 Tutor session with Lucy Nolan Riddlesden Memorial Hall £12 for CS members (£15 non-members)
March 30th 2019, 11am - 4pm

Workshop on South American Music with Anita Aslin. This day will be a really exciting chance to explore some of the wonderful melodies and rhythms of South America.

Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Riddlesden Memorial Hall £25 for CS members (£30 non-members)
Sunday, February 23, 2019 11am - 5pm

Round the world with a Harp
Workshop with Tamsin Dearnley

Flyer and booking form here
Riddlesden Memorial Hall £25 for CS members (£30 non-members)
January 24th - 26th Transpennine Harps performance at the Pantomime! Queens Hall, Burley in Wharfedale Adults £10
Concessions £9
Students & Children £6
January 11th 2019 Join is for our annual Twelfth Night party! (Held during the day so as to be a little more sociable!) Riddlesden Memorial Hall Bring food!
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