About The World Harp Congress

The World Harp Congress, Inc. a private non-profit organization, was founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1982.  It originated from the Harpweeks in The Netherlands, organized by Phia Berghout and Maria Korchinska, that first met in 1960.  

The WHC is held every three years around the world and seeks to promote the exchange of ideas, stimulate contact, and encourage the composition of new music for the harp.  Concerts, workshops, seminars and exhibits concerning all aspects of harp musicology and performance are offered at these triennial sessions. Past Congresses have been held in Maastricht, The Netherlands (1983); Jerusalem, Israel (1985); Vienna, Austria (1987); Paris-Sèvres, France (1990); Copenhagen, Denmark (1993); Seattle-Tacoma, Washington USA (1996); Prague, The Czech Republic (1999); Geneva, Switzerland (2002); Dublin, Ireland (2005);  Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2008); Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2011); Sydney, Australia (2014); and Hong Kong, China (2017). The next Congress will take place in Cardiff, Wales, UK in 2021 (www.whc2021.wales).

The World Harp Congress has members representing over 50 countries.The Board of Directors welcomes all persons who are interested in the harp to join this international organization.


World Harp Congress Review

In response to the Covid-19 restrictions being experienced across the world, the World Harp Congress has decided to make available the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 WHC Reviews to all harpists through our website.  


14th World Harp Congress postponed to August 2021 14th World Harp Congress

Due to health and safety concerns linked with the Coronavirus, we announce the postponement of the World Harp Congress 2020.  As an international organization, we send best wishes to our colleagues and their families throughout the world in this difficult time.  However, we are pleased to announce that the Congress will now take place in 6-12 August 2021 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. 

We are extremely appreciative of the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of our colleagues in Wales, led by Caryl Thomas, Catrin Finch and Stephen Burkitt-Harrington. We send our continued thanks to our exhibitors, sponsors and friends for their invaluable support.   Now more than ever, we look forward to being together in Wales next year.

Our thoughts are with harpists around the world in this unprecedented time.


Recent News