The Clarsach Society

The Clarsach Society

The Clarsach (harp) is Scotland's oldest instrument, having been played throughout the land from very earliest times. Two old clarsachs, from the 15th and 16th centuries, survive, and may be seen in the National Museum. The modern instrument, though larger and with gut rather than wire strings, is based on their design.

For various historical reasons, harping almost died out by the end of the 18th century, and the music, never written down, was lost. Good new instruments are now being made and The Clarsach Society (Comunn na Clarsaich) has encouraged a great revival of interest in the instrument, especially amongst young players, who enjoy its adaptability to solo work, accompaniment or ensemble playing. The Clarsach Society exists to promote the instrument and to help players. The constitution states that the objects of the Society shall be to advance the education of the public in the music and the playing of the clarsach. It has 11 local branches throughout the UK and a special interest group for wire strung harp enthusiasts. The Administrator of the Society, organises the Harp Hire scheme and the sale of the Society’s Music Folios.

The Clarsach Society organises the Edinburgh International Harp Festival each spring.

For more on the history of the clarsach, please visit the societies web site.

Contact Details The Clarsach Society - Comunn na Clàrsaich
Studio G43,
Out of the Blue Drill Hall,
36 Dalmeny Street,
Edinburgh
EH6 8RG
E-mail clarsach.society@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone +44 131 554 0212
Web site www.clarsachsociety.co.uk

Clarsach Society Folios

Sheet Music - from central office click covers for details
Folio 01
Elementary
Folio 18
Elementary
Folio 33
Mixed Ability
Folio 39
Elementary
Folio 40
Elementary
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Simple Airs for Beginners Beginner's
Choice
Jean Campbell
Memorial Folio
Margaret Daunt
Memorial Folio
Lullabies, Airs &
Dances Vol 1

Folio 41
Elementary
Folio 42
Intermediate
Folio 43
Intermediate
Folio 44
Intermediate
Folio 45
Advanced
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Lullabies, Airs &
Dances Vol 2
A Tapestry of
Scottish Tunes V1
A Tapestry of
Scottish Tunes V2
A Tapestry of
Scottish Tunes V3
Flying Fingers

Folio 46
Mixed Ability
       
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Esme's Adventure        

Sheet Music - from the Bristol and West of England Branch - click covers for details
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Golden Jubilee
Collection