About Teifi Harps
Making harps in Wales is a tradition which stretches back centuries. Our not-for-profit community enterpise was founded by harp maker Allan Shiers. Allan has been making harps for over 40 years and was an apprentice to the late renowned harp maker John Weston Thomas. Our workshop is located in a converted Victorian school by the River Teifi in Llandysul, West Wales and employs a small team of local, skilled staff who make our harps by hand.
Our aim is to secure the harp making traditions of Wales for future generations, as well as innovating and improving the sound and construction of the instrument. We combine traditional craftsmanship with innovative technology – utilising materials such as titanium and carbon fibre. By marrying the old and the new we hope that our harps represent a step forward whilst maintaining and supporting time old traditions.
Our Core Values
Quality & Innovation
We strive to make our harps to the highest possible standard and with the best possible materials. We are constantly innovating and improving the sound and construction of our harps.
We strive to support the harp community by providing information, knowledge and support for everyone from beginners to professional harpists. We also provide skilled employment for people in the local area.
Passing On Skills
Keeping harp making alive in Wales: Our Community Enterprise Business reinvests all profits to pass on skills and sustain the future of harp making in Wales.
An interview with Allan Shiers
What is a Community Enterprise Business?
Teifi Harps was set up as a not-for-profit Community Enterprise Business. Sometimes known as a ‘Social Enterprise’, our company is a little different to others. With the help of Ceredigion County Council and the European Union, Teifi Harps purchased an old school in Llandysul and equipped it to develop a range of harps. Our small team of harp makers and sales/office staff all live in the local area and every part of the harp (with the exception of the strings) is made in our workshop.
We involve the local community in many different ways. Our voluntary board of directors consists of local people who share their business knowledge and time with Teifi Harps and we receive advice from the economic development department of Ceredigion County Council. We also work with local schools by providing work experience for both pupils and teachers and provide recording facilities for their exams. We also provide members of the local Stroke Association with work-based rehabilitation.
Throughout the year we organise and attend concerts locally and nationally. We are part in the local tourism initiative to encourage visitors to Llandysul as well as West Wales. We are also happy to provide workshop tours by appointment for groups and individuals.