The harp has played a vital role at the Academy since its earliest days and is now more in demand than ever. Our comprehensive harp course provides relevant training for the next generation of professional harp players. From orchestra to song accompaniment, from baroque to jazz, our harpists are equipped to take on anything the music profession requires.

The Academy offers Principal Study for both undergraduate and postgraduate harpists.

Harp: Your Experience

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme


Karen Ingram, Harp Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7380 / Email harp@ram.ac.uk

Karen Vaughan

Head of Harp: Karen Vaughan

Former Co-principal Harp of the London Symphony Orchestra

Coach at major festivals

Associate Artistic Director, World Harp Congress

Founder member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Extensive recording career

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music; Head of Harp here since 2010

Latest News

2015 graduates demonstrate success


Higher Education Statistics Agency survey reports 100% in work or study

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Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

Saturday, 18.03.2017 15:45, Duke’s Hall

Howard William's conducts Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra

Harp Chamber Music free

Thursday, 23.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Harp Department collaborates with string and woodwind students

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@RoyalAcadMusic • Dec 05
Congrats to Glain Dafydd and @zitasilvaharp, awarded special prizes in under-25 category at Fourth International #Harp Competition.
@RoyalAcadMusic • Dec 05
Congrats to @miloharper_, joint second at Fourth International #Harp Competition in Szeged, Hungary.
@RoyalAcadMusic • Nov 24
#Harp #alum @CatrinFinch will be talking about Temple Winter Festival on @BBCRadio3’s @BBCInTune today.

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Karen Vaughan