25 September 2022

Sunita Staneslow & AGM


To kickstart our autumn workshop series, the Highland Branch is going to combine an online AGM and workshop with Sunita Staneslow.  This means you can access the workshop from your home via zoom, and also attend the AGM if you would like, just before or after your workshop.


The schedule will be:

1-2pm: Beginners/Lower Intermediate

2-3pm:  AGM

3-4pm:  Upper Intermediate/Advanced


Workshop Cost:  £6 for Highland Branch members, £8 for non-members


The workshop descriptions are:

Beginners/Lower Intermediate:  Creating Beauty and The Unst Boat Song
Learn to sit down and create instant beauty with shimmering glissandos and improvising over a simple descending bass line. Everyone should feel empowered to play beautifully.  Sunita will guide you through a mesmerizing Shetland Boat song originally sung in Norn, the Unst Boat Song.

Upper Intermediate/Advanced:  A Traditional Bucharan melody Mi Yitnani Of (Who Will Give Me Wings)  is a Traditional Bucharan melody sung in Hebrew. It is a timeless melody filled with passion and longing.  If there's time, Sunita will also teach the Unst Boat Song.

About Sunita:  Sunita Staneslow is a native of Minnesota and has made Israel her home since the year 2000. This past spring, she moved with her husband to Unst, the most northerly isle on Shetland. Their latest adventure is restoring an old stone house by the sea. For the past decade, Sunita has been working at a children’s hospital as a therapeutic harpist where she puts to practice the art of playing with a gentle flow. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music she has become widely known for her accessible arrangements and performing in various genres.

Sunita is a frequent performer and instructor at major folk harp festivals, was featured in the Virtual Harp Summit and is an instructor for the on-line Harp Column Academy.  You can find Sunita on Spotify or in person, walking by the sea or learning to knit. She even spent six months with her husband cycling across Europe with her harp! They now run boutique harp tours of Scotland and Israel.  https://hamars.uk/

contact Kirsty at kirsty_north2@hotmail.co.uk to book your place!


1 & 9 October 2022

Come&Try Events in Inverness/Dingwall/Evanton

The Highland Branch of the Clarsach Society is pleased to offer several free opportunities for taster harp/clarsach sessions.  The clarsach has a long history in the Highlands and if you've always fancied having a go, now is your chance!  The clarsach is a wonderful instrument for both adults and children to experience. With come-and-try sessions in Inverness, Dingwall and Evanton, hopefully there is something near you.  The sessions are free, harps are provided, and no musical experience is necessary.  Come along, have a look and listen and try out the harps yourself and maybe even learn a tune!  The taster sessions last about 45 minutes.  Places are limited so booking is essential.  To book, email:  info@cheyenneharp.com


Dingwall: Saturday 1st October

10.30 am:  primary children

11.30am:  teens & adults

Dingwall Community Centre, Old Academy Buildings, Tulloch Street, IV15 9JZ


Inverness: Saturday 1st October

2pm:  primary children

3pm:  teens & adults

Inverness Ice Centre (upstairs), Bught Drive, IV3 5ST


Evanton: Sunday 9th October

2pm:  all ages

Jubilee Hall, Hermitage Street, IV16 9YG


30 October 2022

Karen Marshalsay

Inverness Ice Center 2-4.45

Come and learn one of Karen's favourite tunes that she's written for harp, along with some fun techniques, from both Scottish and Latin traditions, to give it some colour. The workshop will be for mixed ability, with easier and more involved versions of the same piece, so will suit everyone apart from complete beginners. It'll be relaxed, fun, and challenging, and with maybe some surprises in there too!  Karen will teach both by ear and with music given out. You can hear the tune performed the night before in Karen's 3 Scottish Harps solo gig at Dores Village Hall.


4 December 2022

Cheyenne Brown & Isbel Pendlebury

Inverness Ice Center 2-4.45

Christmas tunes in person this year!! Whoohoo!


29 January 2023

Jennifer Port


26 February 2023

Fraya Thomsen


26 March 2023






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