Family Harp Weekend at National Botanic Garden of Wales!

Timetable of events:

13th and 14th June at the National Botanic Garden of Wales:

Botanical Harp Music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.30am          Harp On desk opens in the Great Glasshouse

11.00am          Botanical Harp Music!

11.45am          Hands on Harps – Come and try the harp for the first time!

12.45pm          Tiny Hands on harps – Come and try the harp for the first time!

1.30pm            Ensemble music performed by Dynamic Harps

2.30pm            The Three Strands Harp Concert

3.45pm            Tiny Hands on harps – Come and try the harp for the first time!

4.15pm            Hands on Harps – Come and try the harp for the first time!

All Day            Harp detectives trail

All Day            Draw harps in the flowers

 

Full Program of Events

10.30 – 4.30pm Harp On Desk – Great Glass House

 The Harp On Desk!

Come along to the “Harp On” desk to book your workshop space, pick up your harp detective trail sheet, to enter the “Draw the harps in the flowers Competition” and to ask any questions you might have regarding the weekends events!

11.00am Botanical Harp Music! (30 minutes)

Botanical Harp Music!

Program to include the Flower Duet, Down by the Salley Gardens, Waltz of the Flowers, The Last Rose of Summer and more!¨Shelley performs in Wales and throughout the UK at recitals, weddings, orchestral concerts, parties, musicals and charity events. Inspired by the diversity of her musical experiences she enjoys performing a range of music genres from traditional and classical through to show, film, jazz and pop. Today you can expect to hear a musical selection reflecting this and also our natural surroundings in this beautiful garden. This is an open event so come along and have a listen!

11.45pm ‘Hands on Harps’ Workshop (45 minutes)

Always wanted to try the harp? Come along to try our National Instrument of Wales, with harpist Shelley Fairplay

‘Hands on Harps’ Workshop

(www.harpwales.com). Workshop will include demonstrations on a Pedal, Celtic and Lap Harp, then along with Shelley”s guidance, you can have a go at playing one of the fifteen 17 string lap harps available on the day. Maximum of 30 people per session, adults and children aged 7 up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149. A place on the workshop is free booking will include Garden admission. Tickets available on the day at the “Harp on” stand or can be booked in advance by contacting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

12.45pm ‘Tiny Hands on Harps’: Parent and Child session (15 minutes)

‘Tiny Hands on Harps’

Try the lap harps together and enjoy much loved nursery rhymes and stories! This workshops is aimed at children 3-6 with one to one parental support in the session.

Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149.The 15-minute children”s session are free but booking will include Garden admission. Tickets available on the day at the “Harp on” stand or can be booked in advance by contacting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

1.30pm Harp Ensemble Music Performed by Dynamic Harps!  (30 minutes)

Here this brilliant student harp ensemble perform! Dynamic Harps! launched in 2013 and now meet regularly for ensemble workshops on Monday nights in Cardiff .There are two groups, one for children and one for adults and we will perform a selection of our favorite tunes over the weekend! This is an open event so come along and have a listen!

2.30pm The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy – Concert (60 minutes)

Throughout generations tales have been told of three musical strands. The details differ in each story, but they”re always played by a harpist, and

The Three Strands Concert: Passion, Sorrow and Joy¨Shelley Fairplay

they always encompass the human experience. This is a tradition that”s not about “traditional music”, but a tradition of expression. Exploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

Come and hear Shelley entwine The Three Strands. You can expect a wide diversity of guests at this musical gathering; we meet with our Celtic forefathers, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Flamenco Dancers and even Darth Vader and Dr Who will make an appearance!

This is an open event so come along and have a listen!

3.45pm ‘Tiny Hands on Harps’: Parent and Child session (15 minutes)

‘Tiny Hands on Harps’

Try the lap harps together and enjoy much loved nursery rhymes and stories! This workshops is aimed at children 3-6 with one to one parental support in the session.

Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149.The 15-minute children”s session are free but booking will include Garden admission. Tickets available on the day at the “Harp on” stand or can be booked in advance by contacting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

4.15pm ‘Hands on Harps’ Workshop (45 minutes)

 “Hands on Harps” Workshop

Always wanted to try the harp? Come along to try our National Instrument of Wales, with harpist Shelley Fairplay (www.harpwales.com). Workshop will include demonstrations on a Pedal, Celtic and Lap Harp, then along with Shelley”s guidance, you can have a go at playing one of the fifteen 17 string lap harps available on the day. Maximum of 30 people per session, adults and children aged 7 up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149. A place on the workshop is free but booking will include Garden admission. Tickets available on the day at the “Harp on” stand or can be booked in advance by contacting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

Harp Detectives – All Day Event

“Harp Detectives”

Harp Detectives – take part in an exciting trail of discovery! This activity is designed for children to explore and discover for themselves interesting information related to the harp whilst journeying around the beautiful Great Glass House. Collect your trail sheet from the Harp On desk in the Great Glass House. Successful harp detectives may return to the Harp On desk to receive a sticker as recognition of their resourceful exploring!

Draw harps in the flowers!

Draw harps in the flowers! All Day Event

Competition open for Children 16 and under. Enjoy drawing a beautiful instrument in a beautiful setting! Pencils and paper will be

“Draw the Harps in the Flowers” Competition

available on the day! All entries will receive a harp pencil for taking part and at the end of the weekend a rosette for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded and winners will be sent this along with their prize of a “harp model construction kit”.

The winners will be announced on the 7th July via Facebook and will have their drawings posted on the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Harpist Shelley Fairplay;s Facebook Page. Prizes would be posted out after the weekend. So make sure your name, addresses and telephone number is on the back of each picture!

CD Launch of ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’

CD The Cherished Harp – Available over the weekend

 The Cherished Harp CD

Last year I greatly enjoyed recording, creating and releasing a brand new CD called “The Cherished Harp”. I have gathered together a collection of my favorite traditional tunes and created my own arrangements reflecting influences arising out my musical journey with the harp so far.