Jon Letcher

2001 QEST Scholar - Harp & Dulcimer Making

Jon makes harps and other traditional musical instruments from his home in the Welsh Marches. He originally trained as a boat builder before turning to making instruments professionally. Originally self-taught, his QEST Scholarship enabled him to work with London Guildhall University Musical Instrument Technology Department to reinforce and extend his skills.

Jon now makes three different ranges of harp, as well as dulcimers and psalteries. He also has a particular interest in instrument-based projects which highlight connections between different cultures, and has worked with local makers, musicians and students in Hungary, Iran, China and Egypt. One ongoing project involves making authentic reproductions of instruments from ancient Iraq, including the iconic 4,600 year old ‘Golden Lyre of Ur’.