Clarsach (Scottish Harp) recital and competition

Saturday 16 June 2018, 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Recital by four finalists in the Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clarsach. The adjudicator is renowned clarsach player Savourna Stevenson. Each candidate will perform a 25 minute recital including a variety of traditional and  contemporary Scottish styles, and their own new composition. Free entry, all welcome to attend.

The recital will be live streamed on Facebook, where it will also be available for watching after the event.

Finallist biographies (full information and programme notes can be downloaded, right)

  • Màiri Chaimbeul is a Boston, Massachusetts-based harp player and composer from the Isle of Skye, who tours regularly in the UK, Europe and North America. She joins the faculty at Berklee College of Music this year as their lever harp instructor.
  • Fraya Thomsen is an internationally renowned clàrsair, vocalist and composer. Her Scottish harp and song duo The Duplets have released two acclaimed albums. Fraya was musician in residence at Feis Rois in 2011/12 and published three harp tuition books.
  • Karen Marshalsay was formerly clàrsach tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton and now teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Karen has performed across the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
  • Riko Matsuoka was born in Osaka prefecture, Japan. She moved to Edinburgh to study the Clàrsach and traditional Scottish music in 2016. She is currently studying for a Masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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