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.

See also

Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Fees and Financial Support
Open Days


Karen Ingram, Department 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

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

Latest News

Academy Honours Announced


We are pleased to announce the latest Honours awarded by the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London

Latest Blog

Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

Harp Open Day

04 October 2018 2:30pm, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

This day for prospective students, hosted by Head of Harp Karen Vaughan

Jazz Harp and Chinese Erhu

04 October 2018 6:30pm, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Two musicians bring their years of multifarious experiences together for a moment in time

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Karen Vaughan