Clouds Harp Quartet




Welcome to the website for CLOUDS Harp Quartet. Here you can read all about us as well as watch our videos and listen to our music.


Latest News & Upcoming Concerts

February 15, 2017

Manchester Summer Dates 2017:

June 27th @ Didsbury Arts Festival

July 11th @ St. Ann’s Church, Manchester City Centre

August 3rd @ Manchester Jazz Festival

August 6th @ Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester




June 1st @ Eastgate Theatre, Peebles 7.30pm Book Tickets

June 2nd @ St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh 12.15pm

June 2nd @ Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh 7.30pm Book Tickets

June 3rd @ St. Bride’s Church, Glasgow 7.30pm

June 4th @ Secret Herb Garden, Edinburgh 3pm

June 5th @ The Atkinson, Southport 1pm Book Tickets

June 8th @ St. Philip & St. James Church, Alderley Edge 7.30pm

June 9th @ Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

June 10th @ Theatr Mwldan

June 11th @ All Saints Church, Rufforth 

June 13th @ Parish Church of St Mary & St Bartholomew, Hampton-in-Arden

June 15th @ Brecon Theatre Book Tickets






On Tuesday, 19th April 2016 CLOUDS Harp Quartet will be playing in St. Ann’s Church, Manchester. Tickets are available on the door – only £3 for students.

We will be playing brand new music, plus favourites from our albums Golden Light, Water, and Clouds.


On Friday 4th September CLOUDS Harp Quartet are playing as part of the Bridgewater Hall’s A Little Bite Music Lunchtime Concert Series. 12.30pm start, no ticket required.

On the same day, CLOUDS are playing in Sunderland Minster, 8pm start. Information and video here.




CLOUDS Harp Quartet will be making their way up to Edinburgh’s International Harp Festival in April 2015! Our concert is on Tuesday, April 14th at 7.30pm and also features Eleanor Turner

More information about the concert can be found here:

New album Golden Light available now

March 19, 2015

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Our brand new CD Golden Light is now available to order from here – just £12 which includes UK delivery.

The CD features Pinus Sylvestris – a piece written by Esther and commissioned by the Forestry Commission to commemorate the Scots Pine being named as Scotland’s national tree.

It also features the piece Twa Sisters – originally composed for three harps specially for the 2014 International Harp Festival in Caernarfon. This special piece involves the telling of an old folk tale, and features many extended and unusual harp techniques.

The CD also includes a brand new recording of the quartet’s first piece Clouds. This piece has grown and evolved to such an extent over the past few years that we thought it best to record it again and include the entire piece in the new album.


1 week ago


Exciting new music for Manchester Jazz Festival can't wait to join the rest of the ensemble for the gig on July 26th!A few clips from recent rehearsals with CLOUDS Harp Quartet. Esther Swift has been given a commission by the Manchester Jazz Festival and here we are learnin... ...

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2 weeks ago


Together again 💕
Been a great two days of rehearsals and learning brand new music by Esther Swift for Manchester Jazz Festival!
Performance: July 26th

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3 weeks ago


Preview of our next gig in Manchester Jazz Festival. Listen to Esther describing some of the music that will be featured on the 26th JulyA conversation with harpist and composer Esther Swift - who explains the different pieces in her 2018 Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission 'Light Gatherer... ...

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9 months ago


We had a wonderful time performing for Music In Lanark on Friday! We also spent the day giving workshops in St Mary’s and New Lanark Primary School and we were so impressed with the children’s lovely singing voices 😊 ...

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9 months ago



Clouds Harp Quartet at The Institute, New Lanark at 7.45pm on Friday 27th October.

Please come along and support them!

Tickets from Lanark Memorial Hall Box Office, in person, by phone on 01555 667999 or online at or on door.
£12.50 or £1.00 for age 18 and under

Why not make a night of it and enjoy the pre theatre dinner at New Lanark Mill Hotel. Booking advisable. (01555) 667200

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