Harp Village

The 2016 Harp Village will take place on the weekend 17th to 18th September led by Corrina Hewat and Heather Downie

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Harpist Corrina Hewat introduces the Cromarty Harp Village



A 2-day residential harp village in the beautiful seaside town of Cromarty on the Black Isle.      

The Harp Village will include a Saturday evening all-inclusive session in the Loft Studio of the Old Brewery - a great space for a session and wonderful acoustics.

There are workshops all day Saturday and Sunday for recent beginner/elementary and intermediate/advanced ability levels.   Other abilities can be provided for.     


Run down of the weekend:
Friday Sept 16th

Arrive in Cromarty and check in at the Old Brewery for shared accommodation unless you specifically request a single room. Please let us know at time of booking.

8.30am  Breakfast at the Old Brewery

10am - 11am Practise time/free time
11-1pm  Workshops
1pm – 2pm  Lunch at the Old Brewery
2.30-4.30 Workshops

Saturday Evening Dinner and Session
6pm   Dinner at the Old Brewery - the Harp Hub for all residential participants.
8pm – 11pm  Harp and Song Session in the Old Brewery Loft Studio with your tutors and other local musicians.

The cost of the Residential Weekend Ticket is £195 which includes B&B accommodation on Friday and Saturday at the Old Brewery, lunches on Saturday and Sunday, 4 workshops, dinner on Saturday evening and the Saturday evening Loft Studio Session.

An application form as a pdf or Word document can be downloaded here

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Heather has always had a love of Scottish music, and has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her passion grew working with the late Martyn Bennett, after which she decided that a career in traditional music would be her goal.

At the age of 15 she began playing the Scottish harp and was immediately accepted into Splore, the traditional music course at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Having graduated in 2008 from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a first class honors BA Scottish music, studying harp with Wendy Stewart and piano with Mary McCarthy and James Ross, Heather went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in Scottish music performance, under the guidance of Corrina Hewat.  She was a finalist in the BBC’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015.

Heather has travelled extensively in Scotland and her music has taken her as far afield as Germany, Demark, Latvia and New York, playing for dignitaries like Jack McConnell and Prince Albert of Monaco. She also provided backing music for Tom Conti’s rendition of ‘A Man’s A Man’ during Tartan week in America in 2006, and returned in 2009. Heather also has an interest in composition and Scottish history, folklore and the roots of the songs and tunes in her repertoire. She has over 10 years teaching experience, both in schools and with individual pupils.  She currently tutors and lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Heather’s playing has been described as ‘vibrant and thoughtful in her interpretation of traditional standards’ and audiences have commented on the purity of her voice;

‘Her playing and singing merge together creating a magical experience for the listener’.

‘…you accessed the deepest part of the emotion in the music. Faultless.’





Corrina Hewat is a singer, harpist and composer, and widely recognised as one of Scotland’s
most unique and innovative musicians. Born in Edinburgh and raised in the Scottish Highlands, her huge range of musical influences has contributed greatly to her very individual take on traditional music. She is probably best known for her work with bands Bachué (with pianist
David Milligan), Shine (with Mary Macmaster & Alyth McCormack) and Scots supergroup the Unusual Suspects, which she also formed and co-directs with David Milligan.

The essence of Corrina’s music lies in her passion for Scottish traditional music and song, but what sets it apart is her effortless blending of other musical genres. Her love of folk, jazz,  contemporary classical and pop music has in no small part influenced Corrina’s style of performing and composing over the years – a style shaped by a fascination with experimental music and improvisation, alongside a deep respect for the more formal architecture of music.

She performs with a reverence for tradition and a dedication to innovation.
As a harpist, having developed a creative and powerful technique, Corrina is regarded as one of
the leading players in the world today and has toured throughout Europe, the Far East, North
America and Canada, taking the Small Harp to a new level of excellence. She plays a Camac
Aziliz Harp (she calls it 'Little Yellow') and the "Big Blue" electroharp. 



See our harp tutorial videos recorded at the 2015 Harp Village /harp-tutorials.asp




Please contact us if you would like to know more about any aspect of the Harp Village.

Phone 01381 600354


The Cromarty Arts Trust
Ardyne, 19 Bank Street, Cromarty, The Black Isle IV11 8YE


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