In recent years, one of the stand-out events of the Glasbury Arts programme has been the Harp Summer School, which this year returns for a sixth outing, after a year off last year.

And one of the highlights of the Summer School itself is the stunning closing concert featuring a varied programme of music from students and teachers.

The school will be led by renowned harpists and tutors including Harriet Earis (jazz/fusion harp and improvisation); Eleanor Turner (classical harp), and Adriano Sangineto (Italian folk and continental dance music) and he dances! And they will all be on stage on Saturday, September 2, the final day of the summer school.

As in previous years, the summer school will offer workshops and masterclasses for up to 40 young people and adults to help improve their harp playing in a range of genres, with special emphasis on innovative technique development.

Harriet Earis believes that part of the appeal to harpists is the opportunity the summer school presents to play with people who share their passion.

“The harp can be a solitary instrument so it’s lovely to have the chance to play with other harpists, to make friends and socialise with people who share your passion. Even in an orchestra there are only ever two harps, so it’s lovely to play with so many – the final concert has seen as many as 40 harpists on stage together.

“And Glasbury Arts’ summer school is fantastic – so well organised and very friendly with a lovely atmosphere. With so many participants coming back year after year, it’s become a group of old friends – it’s obviously doing something right.”

Previous Summer School participants have ranged in age from seven to over 70, with experience from Grade 2 upwards. Ticket prices: Summer School, £185 (full price adults); £135 (adult concessions: over-60s or unwaged); £85 (in full time education) including tea/coffee/soft drinks throughout.

The Harp Concert takes place at Gwernyfed High School on Saturday, September 2 at 3.30pm. To book, visit or call 07583 544110. Ticket prices: £9 - adult, £7 - concessions (over 60s, claiming disability benefit, registered unwaged); £5 - accompanied children.

Glasbury Arts Harp Summer School is supported by Community Foundation.

To book your place at the Harp Summer School, go to, complete, submit the application form and pay online. If you have difficulty with booking online, contact Harriet Earis on 07890 0142929