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Christmas Harp Collaboration 2023

FREE EVENT for harpists of any level. Join in!!

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This is a free event where harpists from all over the world join together to create a beautiful piece of music. Suitable for all levels of harpist. Suitable for any type of harp. This event is all about getting involved and having fun. It is not about perfection or come and get involved!!

Sign Up for FREE and you will get...

  • Invitation to ZOOM Launch Party where the song for this year and all the details will be announced - Sunday 15th October at 6PM (UK time) - this event will be available as a reply if you can't attend live

  • Sheet Music & Lesson Videos for all three parts - Melody, Melody with simple left hand & Melody with running chords

  • Guide Tracks & Tips for Filming

  • Invitations to series of free live ZOOM sessions with Heather Downie

  • Access to video replays of all sessions if you can’t make it live

  • Access to private members-only community


There is no catch - this is a free event.

This is our fourth year, hundreds of harpists worldwide have taken part in the last three years.

Christmas Harp Collaboration 2020

The first year!! It was really special and featured 3 of my favourite Christmas songs: -

  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Silent Night
  • Let It Snow

Christmas Harp Collaboration 2021

The second Christmas Harp Collaboration featured a trilogy of Christmas classics: -

  • The Christ Child Lullaby - featuring members of Harp Scotland
  • Away In A Manger
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Christmas Harp Collaboration 2022

  • "O Holy Night" was our featured song in 2022.


Heather Downie

Hi! I’m Heather and I play the harp!!

I’m an Online Teaching Specialist and the Principal Scottish Harp Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I was a BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist, I’ve recorded albums and performed all over the world…..but I discovered early in my career that teaching is my passion. It brings me so much joy and fulfilment, and it is at the centre of my career as a musician. I love it so much!!

I want to help you become a better harpist, not simply teach you tunes. I want you to learn in new, exciting and successful ways. I want you to develop better technique and sound production so everything you play sounds fantastic. I want you to understand harmony so you feel confident about coming up with chords and arrangements. I want you to understand the context and history of the music you play so you can enjoy it on a deeper emotional level.

But most of all I want you to feel confident and happy in yourself and your harping. This is the the key. If you feel happy and positive about your harp journey you will play more and more…..and if you play more and more you will become the best harpist you can be!!

Does this sound like something you want too?? Well then, let me help you do it!!

Heather x

Qualifications -
First Class (Hons) BA in Scottish Music
from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Postgraduate Diploma (with distinction) in Scottish Music Performance from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
MEd Learning and Teaching in the Arts