The HHSI offers early Irish harp tuition, during term time, in Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Armagh and Waterford. Classes are individual and normally last for sixty minutes. Longer lessons are also possible.
The HHSI Student Harp Rental Bank—kindly sponsored by Music Network—has a limited number of early Irish harps available for HHSI students to rent, while they are taking tuition.
The monthly rental fee for HHSI Student harps is €35, with a returnable deposit of €150. In order to rent one of our harps, prospective students must be Associate Members of The Historical Harp Society of Ireland. You can see information on Society membership, and how to join, here.
All harps may be recalled during August for Scoil na gCláirseach—Festival of Early Irish Harp where they are rented out to festival Scholars for the duration of the festival.
We also offer tuition (every venue except Armagh) in other historical harps:
- single-row, medieval and Renaissance harps, with gut strings.
- double and triple-row, seventeenth-century baroque harps from Spain and Italy, with gut strings.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086 8623430 or +44 744 5733450 [Armagh tuition] for more information.
We offer virtual tuition nationally and internationally by Skype (and other systems). Please contact us for details.
The Historical Harp Society of Ireland maintains a collection of early Irish harps, for rental to students attending HHSI classes and lessons.
L-R: HHSI Student Downhill, Otway, Lamont & Trinity
Our rental instruments, the HHSI Student harps, are copied from extant historical instruments preserved in museums in Ireland and Scotland. They have been made for the Society to its detailed specifications, by master harpmaker David Kortier.
This unique collection is the first and only publicly available collection in the world of new early Irish harps copied from the museum originals. For more photographs and detailed specifications of each of the models, please visit the HHSI online harp shop.
The HHSI is always looking to expand its collection of instruments. If you would be interested in sponsoring the acquisition of a new instrument, please get in touch. Sponsored instruments can be named or inscribed with the name of their sponsor.
The HHSI is also collecting antique and replica harps. Read more about the HHSI Historical Harp Collection.