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Reviving a musical Christmas tradition


In a bid to revive the musical advent tradition of ancient harp players, Stroud-based harp teacher Morwenna Louttit-Vermaat and her harp maker husband Creag are giving away 100 free tickets for harp lessons.

They want to teach people who are curious about the instrument a Christmas carol as a gift and hope to inspire people to connect with something ‘less materialistic and more enriching’.

Their company, Hands on Harps, has been making harps in their workshop in Woodchester, and they are now ready to spread the music. They’ve even come up with an innovative colour-based system to help people learn to play called the Rainbow Harp.

“Most people are scared to give it a go, but the traditional way to teach harp doesn’t involve any sheet music or theory. It’s hands-on and fun,” said Morwenna.

To book one of the free sessions, head to

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