The Isle of Wight's harp-based festival

About Us

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The project was founded on April 2014 over Italian coffee by Anna Sacchini, Karen Tweed, Vic King and Tony O’Nions.

Harp on Wight 2016 is being organized by the Festival Team : Anna Sacchini, Theresa Ellis, Diana Wood, Menna Morey, Tony O’Nions and Vic King.


Our Dream

You can dream a drum,
that you play with fun,
but the harp indeed,
is that all you need
to give voice and soul,
to your inner goal,
which will, in the end,
make your heart expand.

The organizer’s were very pleased that during the third
annual Harp on Wight Festival the music during the concerts
was of the highest quality, as was the standard of the
teaching courses and workshops.

The opening Thursday night concert saw the trio Arpatagora
exploring pieces where the harp seamlessly blends with
violin and cello. During the interval the prize for the
winning entry in this years competition for young people to
compose new piece of music for the harp was presented to
Thomas Luke of Cowes who was also celebrating his birthday.

Bill Taylor gave a fascinating concert of ancient Scottish
music on Friday evening using two medieval harps. Music of
the 16th and 17th century was expertly played in a gentle
style where the resonance of the two instruments stood out.

The Saturday afternoon concert at All Saint’s Church gave a performance opportunity to Richard Allen and Jia Peng –
first and joint second in this years Camac competition at
the North London Festival. Jia’s performance began with a
striking version of Bach’s famous Toccata in D Minor,
whilst Richard ‘s technical progress shone through during
his three delicately played pieces. Harp on Wight would like
to express their thanks to the UK Harp Association for their
support in arranging this concert.

Paraguayan harp master Ismael Ledesma thrilled the audience
on Saturday evening with a dazzling and uplifting display of
dancing South American rhythms. The speed and dexterity of
his technique impressed immensely and earned him two encores
and a standing ovation.

Alaskan harpist Cheyennne Brown – now based in Scotland –
gave an exemplary performance of Celtic music on Sunday
evening. With subtle accompaniment from Graham Muir on
guitar, bass and clarinet, a feature of the concert
was the beautiful , clear acoustic sound without the
aid of a PA system.

In addition to the concerts a new feature for the festival was a storytelling event entitled Jack and the Lost Harps by Scotlands Heather Yule aimed at children. Heather gave two performances of this eventive story ending with an opportunity to come and try the harp at the end of the session.

Outside of the main Ryde venues, a six day course to
make a 22 string lap harp took place in the nearby serene
setting of Quarr Abbey under the direction of Brittany harp
maker Sylvestre Charbin. Again, here the standard of
craftsmanship was very high, a relection on how this years
festival will be remembered.



Harp on Wight extend our grateful thanks to all our volunteers and supporters.