Committee Members

Margaret Thompson - Convenor

I have wanted to learn to play the clarsach for many years and finally have achieved that ambition - I've been learning with Jan since April 2012. I very much enjoy the Society's meetings and workshops and play with the group in as many performances as possible. I am delighted to be convenor.

Miye Lee - Vice-Convenor & Membership Secretary

I discovered the Clarsach about 20 years ago through a series of serendipity involving the Paraguayan harp.I enjoy playing the Clarsach with the society ensemble and I am now also a member of a harp duo, Harpers Twain, which has been newly formed with Sarah Grabham..

Janet Bennett (Harpist and Singer) - Musical Advisor

I trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and have been a committee member and Music Advisor to the Northumbrian Branch since the branch was first formed. I teach both clarsach and pedal harp, run regular harp workshops, give recitals, play for weddings and special occasions, have performed to Royalty and am the official harpist to the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne.

I can be contacted via my website

Morag Pugh - Secretary

I have been the Secretary of the Northumbrian Branch since 2007 and am a great believer in putting a bit back to any club or society, which gives so much pleasure. I play, or rather, am learning to play the Clarsach and pedal harp, but I also enjoy playing piano and Northumbrian pipes. I regularly play with the group at its performances.

Claire Steel - Treasurer

I have been playing the Clarsach for 12 years now receiving wonderful lessons from Janet Bennett since 2007. I find it very inspiring playing with others within the Clarsach Society during workshops and on Saturday morning sessions.It was such a pleasure to be asked to be on the committee of the Northumbrian branch and also to teach the Clarsach to children in Northumberland schools. I also love playing with the County Harps and Pipes ensemble, Airs & Graces, led by Janet Bennett and Richard Johnstone.

I have played the piano and violin since childhood and for the last 20 years have been piano accompanist for ABRSM exams and the Wansbeck Music Festival, accompanying many very talented children from flute to violin up to Grade 8 Distinction.

Jacqui Deans - Harp Hire Secretary

I have been Harp Hire Secretary for the branch since 2001. I have played the clarsach since childhood. I currently teach the clarsach in schools in Sunderland and enjoy playing with the society ensemble in their performances around the region. I also play in a flute and harp duo, Echo, which performs at weddings and functions.

Veronica Gilbert is responsible for the music portfolio.