***2019 Perth Harp Festival***

The Harp Society of Western Australia is proud to present the first Perth Harp Festival!

Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019

The Festival will be a wonderful showcase of local, national and international talent and an opportunity for harpists to meet, network and learn new skills. The Festival will include workshops, concerts and ensembles. Harpists of all ages, ranging from beginner to advanced players, are most welcome and we hope that anyone who is curious about learning to play harp will jump in and have a go as well.

The Festival will be headlined by world-renowned harpist Alice Giles, who will take masterclasses and group lessons, as well as leading two ensembles, one of which will play in the Harp Celebration concert to be held at the end of the Festival. Music created in Festival workshops will also be featured in the concert, giving many Festival participants an opportunity to play together for an adoring audience.

UK harpist Lauren Scott will perform Beyond the Horizon, a concert of her solo compositions from 12:45pm to 1:30pm on Friday 4 October. Entry for Festival participants is free. Public tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door.

Click on this link for the Perth Harp Festival flyer: Perth Harp Festival A5 Flyer

Click on this link for the Perth Harp Festival schedule: Perth Harp Festival 2019 Schedule                                                                  

Please note that small changes may be made to the schedule before the event. Participants can choose one of two workshops in most time slots, giving them the ability to tailor their experience to suit their interests.

Visit the Trybooking online booking page to book for one, two or three days: https://www.trybooking.com/BECEV


Friday 4 October 8:30am–5pm

Saturday 5 October 8:30am-5pm

Sunday 6 October 8:30am-4pm (including Harp Celebration Concert 2pm-3:30pm)

Participants can book for 1,2 or 3 days.



Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley

Ticketed visitor parking is available in the visitor parking lot and along Bradford St on Friday. This parking is free on Saturday and Sunday. Harps can be dropped off at the stage door. You will be given a map before the Festival.



3 day ticket for Harp Society members: $200

1 day ticket for Harp Society members: $75 (purchase tickets for each day if two dates are required)

3 day ticket for non-members $230

1 day ticket for non-members: $105 (purchase tickets for each day if two dates are required)


Entry to Lauren Scott's lever harp concert on Friday is free for Festival participants and $10 at the door for the public.

Entry to the Harp Celebration concert is free for Festival participants, $30 for adults, $20 for concession card holders and Friends of the Academy and free for children under 12. Tickets through Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BECHK


Membership to the Harp Society is $30 per year or $80 for three years. If you would like to become a member before booking for the Festival (and enjoy the members’ price) you can download a membership form (New Membership Application Form 2019-20) to fill out and post in or email to harpsocietywa@gmail.com.



Online bookings can be made through Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BECEV

If you would like pay by direct transfer or cheque, contact the Harp Society at harpsocietywa@gmail.com or

PO Box 2220, Carlisle North, CARLISLE WA 6101.


Sales and information stalls will be held in the Green room on Saturday from 10:30am-1:30pm and on Sunday from 10:30am-1:50pm. Members of the public are very welcome to visit the stalls. The stalls will include businesses with harps for sale, representatives of the Australian Therepeutic Harpists Association (ATHA), harp services for hire and more. If you have a harp-related business to advertise, a new or second-hand harp to sell or something else that could be advertised at the stalls, email harpsocietywa@gmail.com.


Harp Celebration Concert - Sunday 6 October 2:00-3:30pm


The Harp Celebration concert will be held in the WAAPA Music Auditorium at the end of the Festival. The concert will feature world-renowned harpist, Alice Giles, local harpists, participants of some Festival workshops and the Concert Ensemble, who will work with Alice Giles during the Festival. The concert is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to perform alongside their peers and some incredible professional harpists for a friendly, enthusiastic audience. We hope that lots of Festival participants will take up this amazing opportunity.


Members of the public can arrive from 12:30pm to visit the information and sales stalls in the Green Room and try playing harps that will be made available by members of the Harp Society.


Entry to the concert is free for Festival participants. If family or friends of the harpists would like to attend it may be wise to book early as tickets may book out before the Festival.


Adults: $30

Concession card holders and Friends of the Academy (WAAPA): $20

Children 12 years and under: Free


Tickets can be bought at Trybooking. Click on this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BECHK


Beyond the Horizon Concert with Lauren Scott - Friday 4 October 12:45pm - 1:30pm



Lauren Scott is a freelance harpist who has performed in many leading orchestras in the UK. She has performed in the Albert Hall, West End Shows, commercial recordings and live broadcasts on radio and TV. Lauren Scott composes accessible contemporary music for lever harp, creating a kaleidoscope of colour by incorporating extended techniques organically into her compositions. In Lauren's debut CD, Beyond the Horizon, due for release March 2020, her eclectic filmic compositions are alongside works by John Cage, Peter Maxwell Davies, Douwe Eisenga and Monika Stadler.


Lauren's concert will be held from 12:45pm - 1:30pm on Friday the 4th of October in the Music Auditorium at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


Entry to the concert is $10 and can be paid at the door.