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Online Teenage Harp Course 2021

Dates Venue Course Fee Deposit
1st - 5th August 2021 Online £300 (non refundable) £100

Harp Course for teenage children aged 13 - 18 (grade 4 standard and above)
Harp coaching by: Ruth Faber, Eleanor Turner and Keziah Thomas
Visiting tutors: Lauren Scott and Mendi Singh

To book your place please e-mail completed booking form to:

Online Course Timetable: Virtual Timetable (0.1 Mb PDF file)
Online Course Booking Form: Booking Form (booking now closed)

Overview 2021 Course

Watch the tutors' video explaining how the course will be delivered.

2021 Tutors
2021 Online Tutors

This is a fun, creative course for pedal and non-pedal harpists. We will be working on your solo repertoire in small groups, focusing on technique and practice skills to improve your performance. During the pop sessions students will analyse classic pop songs, looking at rhythm, chord sequences, melody and texture to create their own personal arrangement of a favourite song. The jazz sessions will focus on the basic 12 bar blues and Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’. Students will refresh/learn how to comp over the classic blues form and take a solo using ‘blue notes’. More experienced students will work at phrasing, rhythmic pushes and licks for soloing over the ‘changes’.

This year we welcome Lauren Scott who will be taking the Freshwater Tears ensemble, exploring extended harp techniques. For a taste of something totally different, Mendi Singh will give an Indian rhythm workshop, discovering 6,8,7 and 16 beat cycles.

Please see timetable for the full range of classes: .Virtual Timetable (0.1 Mb PDF file)

Testimonials from 2020 Online Course

I just want to say thank you for running the harp course online.  Isla really enjoyed it; a great experience for her!  It was all so well organised and the bits of playing Isla allowed me to hear sounded like a great mix of music.  
Sue - Online Teenage Course 2020

Just a short note to thank you, Eleanor and Keziah for all your hard work in arranging the course and for all the tutoring and support in all classes.  Heledd has thoroughly enjoyed it and has worked hard on arranging her pop song today.. enjoying every minute of it!! She really has had a great time and we are delighted she has been able to participate as very often she is involved with Eisteddfod activities around about the same time as your course and is unfortunately unable to do both.
Sian - Online Teenage Course 2020

I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for running the online course this weekend.  Evelyn went into it feeling really down because of all her music courses being cancelled this year.  However the course has really lifted her spirits.  She is now back to her constantly humming and singing self! 
Jacqui - Online Teenage Course 2020

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Teenage Harp Course 2018: Tutors and Students









Residential Course Overview

Due to Covid-19 the residential course has been posponed to 2022.
For 2021 Online Course please see new online couse details above.

2019 Course Tutors Eleanor Turner, Ruth Faber and Keziah Thomas
2020 Course Tutors (left to right)
Eleanor Turner, Ruth Faber and Keziah Thomas

Registration is at 2.00pm on 31st July 2020 with the first event commencing at 3.00pm.

The course is for teenage pedal harpists aged 13-18. Students will work with their tutor individually and in small groups on technique and solo repertoire, and together on jazz and pop harp. Each student has a practice room, and the opportunity to take part in a harp maintenance workshop run by William Hornby.

1 extra day - more individual lessons, more electric harp, orchestral class with Rachel Masters from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Leisure activities include a fun swimming session with giant hamster balls and a trip to the market town of Sherborne with its medieval buildings, Abbey, Almshouse and two Castles.

If you would like to have your harp serviced by William Hornby during the course please download, complete and post The Harp Service Form (PDF) to BLB Harp Doctor Ltd.

There will be a celebrity recital by Eleanor Turner & Keziah Thomas and the course will end with a student concert followed by the presentation of the Bow Brand Progress Prize.


Celebrity Concert

Tutors' Recital - Eleanor Turner & Keziah Thomas
Sunday 2nd August 7pm

The concert is open to public.
Tickets available on the door.
For further information contact Ruth Faber

Student Concert

The course will end with a student concert starting at 2.00pm, to which parents are welcome to attend, followed by the presentation of the progress prizes.


Sherborne Girls School

Booking a place on this course

To book a place for your child please download and complete a booking form and post it to Ruth Faber along with a deposit  payment of £150. The balance of the course fees are due by 1st June 2020.

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