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


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

Karen Vaughan

Head of Harp: Karen Vaughan

Co-principal Harp of the London Symphony Orchestra

Coach at major festivals including Pacific Music Festival and the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Wales

Founder member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Extensive recording career

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


Spring 2018 Booking Now Open


We are delighted to announce our spring season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music


Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017


Skaila Kanga Harp Prize free

27.04.2018 金曜日 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Solo harp prize


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TODAY 1.05pm The Italian Triple #Harp #free: bit.ly/2rBqiva

‘We encourage the initiative and creativity necessary for a portfolio career’

Karen Vaughan