JOIN NOW! Dynamic Harp Ensembles Summer Term April 2015

Dear Harpists/Harp Teachers/Friends/Family,

The two Dynamic Harp Ensembles in Cardiff (meeting on Monday and Tuesday nights in Radyr) have been working hard and enjoy performing at some lovely venues including Swansea Waterfront Museum, National Botanic Garden of Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University. We are now over 20 strong in members and look forward to welcoming more enthusiastic and diligent student harpists into the groups.

www.dynamicharps.co.uk

I am delighted to announce next term will begin on the 27th (Adults) and 28th (Students) of April 2015, with ten rehearsals and two concerts this term. For returning members I very much look forward to seeing you again to begin our next adventure and for anyone looking to join us I would like you to know that the groups have been wonderful, friendly, supportive and dedicated and we are all very keen to welcome you in to the group!

The two ensembles are as follows:

  • Dynamic Harps (Students 11 – 18 years): Tuesday evenings – A harp ensemble with a twist, we focus on show, pop, film and jazz tunes. This is for harp students at grade three level and above.
  • Dynamic Harps Adult Evening Class: Monday evenings – This is an ensemble class for adult learners at any level working on repertoire from traditional, classical, world and modern musical genres.

If you/your students would like to read further information please see the PDF attached and also visit: www.dynamicharps.co.uk.

The sessions will take place at the Radyr Methodist Church, there is a car park attached and good access for bringing harps in.

The dates for the ten summer sessions begin on the 27th/28th of April, so please reserve your space ASAP! If you, your friend, your family member or your student would like to join please email me to confirm and I will email you over directions and an enrolment form.

I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested! I am really looking forward to starting the sessions and I hope you are too.

Please do forward this email on to anyone you feel might find this of interest!

 

Wishing you a lovely Easter Break,

 

With all best wishes,

 

Shelley

 

Shelley Fairplay – Harpist

Web: www.harpwales.com¨Email: info@harpwales.com¨Tel: 07960 718663

 

P.S. If you are still not sure please take a look at these lovely quotes and recommendations:

I”ve enjoyed playing all different genres of music in the ensemble. I”ve made new friends and even arranged my own music with one of them.

The chocolate biscuits in the break are great!

It”s fun that we can request songs that we like and play them in concerts.

I enjoyed learning new effects on the harp as it is something different and you wouldn”t expect these sounds to come out of the harp!

I have such a fab time. Everyone is so friendly, We can laugh at our own mistakes. Shelley is an awesome teacher. Shelley is really helpful.  My husband”s mates are really impressed that we are playing “rock songs”.

It helped me to get used to my pedals and has been good practice taking the harp out regularly.

I enjoyed meeting other people who also play the harp.

My friends used to think me playing the harp was boringnot anymore now I can play the “Sweet Child of Mine” riff!

Playing for fun, from Guns and Roses to Les Mis, Star Wars to The Hobbit the sky is the limit!

Great time had by my daughter! Her sight-reading has improved so much and her confidence in playing has increased. Fab arrangements on all the music pieces.

It has been a wonderful term. I can feel the ‘grip of performing fear”  relaxing more each week! It will take time, but it is happening. Also, I am throughly enjoying the cohesion within the group. A genuine concern for each other is growing, and it is very good to be part of it.

Young and old, beginners and not such beginners it”s brilliant! Like minds meeting to make music.

 

13th / 14th June 2015 Harp Weekend at National Botanic Garden of Wales

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.

 

 

22nd February 2015 Three Strands Concert for Lampeter Music Club

>>FOR TICKET AND VENUE CLICK HERE!<<

At 2.30pm Sunday 22nd February 2015 I am really excited to be performing my final Three Strands concert of the month! This concert takes place as part of Lampeter Music Club concert series at the Old Hall in Lampeter University. 

Shelley aims to show the harp to be an instrument that both harks back to an ancient tradition and is moving forwards with the times. This is reflected in “The Three Strands” concert were she performs a diverse range of musical styles using traditional harp-play techniques and also amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and an amazing electro lever harp that she wears and walk around with!

The concert combines many music genres including Celtic, Classical and Flamenco to Doctor Who and Starwars. The program includes musical vignettes from her life, a suite of dance tunes that streams from Tchaikovsky to La Bamba called: ‘Tchaikovsky dances with friends’– and the show ends with her own interpretation of Deborah Henson Conants (a Grammy-nominated composer, performer and the world’s leading electric harpist, based in Boston, USA) fiery harp showcase, ‘Baroque Flamenco.’

Her ‘Wedding Remix’ sequence is a series of three motifs – based on real-life events – in which Shelley, as a wedding harpist, found creative ways to accommodate musical requests of the couples she played for – including the groom who wanted to pace the aisle to the Darth Vader Theme, the couple who fell in love to Dr. Who, and the man, whose name being ‘Bond’ wanted – you guessed it – the James Bond theme. She presents, in music and story, a perspective that only SHE could give us – in this case, her life and experience playing hundreds of weddings throughout the UK, with a personal mission of creating a deeply personalized musical experience for each couple.

‘Rally of the Riffs’ brings together pop and rock riffs on electro harp, as Shelley explains how the “riffs” or “hooks” from songs are often what really draw us in to a song, the piece uses a number of famous riffs including Greenday”s “Good riddance” and Elbow”s “One day like this” alongside her own original material.

The name of the show, ‘The Three Strands’ refers to an age-old Celtic tale that each harper must master three musical strands in order to truly serve humanity.   The details of each strand differ in every story. In Shelley”s version, it”s the strands of passion, sorrow and joy. But in every tale, these strands are always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience. The idea of these three strands really connects with Shelley as expressing emotion through music and connecting with an audience is what performing is all about.

Shelley explains that this is a tradition that”s not about “traditional music,” but a tradition of expressionExploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

If you”re anywhere near Lampeter over the weekend, come along to catch the concert on the 22nd of February at Lampeter University in the Old Hall. Ticket details available via Lampeter Music Clubs website: www.lampetermusic.co.uk.

>>FOR TICKET AND VENUE CLICK HERE!<<

7th February 2015: Darth Vader, Doctor Who & James Bond walk down the aisle together

On Saturday 7th February 2015, Darth Vader, Doctor Who & James Bond walk down the aisle together in harpist Shelley Fairplay”s harp concert ‘The Three Strands,’ at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Shelley aims to show the harp to be an instrument that both harks back to an ancient tradition and is moving forwards with the times. This is reflected in “The Three Strands” concert were she performs a diverse range of musical styles using traditional harp-play techniques and also amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and an amazing electro lever harp that she wears and walk around with!

The concert combines many music genres including Celtic, Classical and Flamenco to Doctor Who and Starwars. The program includes musical vignettes from her life, a suite of dance tunes that streams from Tchaikovsky to La Bamba called: ‘Tchaikovsky dances with friends’– and the show ends with her own interpretation of Deborah Henson Conants (a Grammy-nominated composer, performer and the world’s leading electric harpist, based in Boston, USA) fiery harp showcase, ‘Baroque Flamenco.’

Her ‘Wedding Remix’ sequence is a series of three motifs – based on real-life events – in which Shelley, as a wedding harpist, found creative ways to accommodate musical requests of the couples she played for – including the groom who wanted to pace the aisle to the Darth Vader Theme, the couple who fell in love to Dr. Who, and the man, whose name being ‘Bond’ wanted – you guessed it – the James Bond theme. She presents, in music and story, a perspective that only SHE could give us – in this case, her life and experience playing hundreds of weddings throughout the UK, with a personal mission of creating a deeply personalized musical experience for each couple.

‘Rally of the Riffs’ brings together pop and rock riffs on electro harp, as Shelley explains how the “riffs” or “hooks” from songs are often what really draw us in to a song, the piece uses a number of famous riffs including Greenday”s “Good riddance” and Elbow”s “One day like this” alongside her own original material.

The name of the show, ‘The Three Strands’ refers to an age-old Celtic tale that each harper must master three musical strands in order to truly serve humanity.   The details of each strand differ in every story. In Shelley”s version, it”s the strands of passion, sorrow and joy. But in every tale, these strands are always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience. The idea of these three strands really connects with Shelley as expressing emotion through music and connecting with an audience is what performing is all about.

Shelley explains that this is a tradition that”s not about “traditional music,” but a tradition of expressionExploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

If you”re anywhere near Cardiff this weekend, come along to catch her show at 7pm on Saturday 7th of February at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Tickets available by calling 02920 221199 or online via: www.harpwales.com/threestrands – it”s part of an entire weekend of events at the Camac Harp Weekend where harpists are travelling from across the UK to participate in workshops, master classes and concerts. Full details available via: www.camacharps.co.uk.

Swansea Waterfront Museum 25th January 2015 – Come and celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day with Harps!

Shelley Fairplay Harpist

On the 25th of January 2015 I will be holding a hands-on-harps workshop at the museum at 11am (completely FREE so please come along early to book your space!).

We will also hear over 15 harpists perform together as the two harp ensembles Adult and Student Dynamic Harps join forces and present a 40 minute concert at 2.15pm.

I will also be providing a back drop of romantic tunes (and a few other favourites!) to celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day – the Welsh Patron Saint of Love and friendship, both at 1pm and 3pm on the day. Please see below the details provided by Swansea Waterfront Museum.

There is free entry to the museum and I believe the local parking is free on Sunday’s so why not come along for a lovely day out! To plan your visit follow this link to the Swansea Waterfront Museum website.
Heavenly Harps

25 January 2015 , 1 – 4pm

Listen to the melodic sound of Shelley Fairplay as her beautiful harp music floats around the main hall.

Plus, a performance from new Cardiff based student ensemble Dynamic Harps.

A perfect way to relax and enjoy the National Instrument of Wales and celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day – the Welsh Patron Saint of Love and friendship.

25 January 2015 , 12 pm

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

This lovely Santes Dwynwen Day 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.

Places limited, book on arrival.