47 Harp Strings, 3 Strands and 1000+ Botanical Plants!

Harpist Shelley Fairplay officially launches her new concert “The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy” 2.30pm at the National Botanic Garden of Wales Harp Weekend 5th/6th July 2014.


The Harp is the National Instrument of Wales yet many of people living in Wales have never touched one! This July the National Botanical Garden of Wales will host its third annual harp weekend, two days of events and concerts including hands on harps workshops for those who have never touched the harp before and the official launch of Shelley”s new concert ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’.


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


Shelley has spent the last six months working on arranging, composing and learning music that reflects the three strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy. The program weaves a story of three strands from diverse styles including Celtic, Classical and Flamenco to Doctor Who and Starwars! The program not only includes the harp being played traditionally but also uses a looper pedal and amplification for parts of the concert. 


Shelley, who has just returned from a 26-concert tour in Guernsey for the Healing Music Trust, is so passionate about engaging people with the harp that she likes to create “harp petting zoos” at her concerts so people who have never touched a harp before can put their hands on it.  In addition to teaching & performing she has also created two harp ensembles, called “Dynamic Harps” – one for adults and one for teenagers – both of which are performing at the harp weekend with Shelley leading the groups from her harp.


The official launch of “The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy” takes place at

2.30pm on Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July 2014 as part of the National Botanical Garden of Wales Family Harp weekend. Events run from 10:30am to 5pm and include The Three Strands concert, try the harp for the first time at a Hands on Harps workshop, listen to the ensemble group Dynamic Harps perform, become a Harp Detective, attend a Harps Uncovered demonstration and to enter our Draw the harp in the Flowers competition.


All the concerts and most activities are free of charge once you have paid to enter the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Normal Garden admission is £8.50 for adults (£7 concessions), £4.50 for children with a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children) priced at £21.


If you have any questions regarding this event please email Shelley Fairplay via email address: info@harpwales.com.


For further information regarding the full weekend of events please visit:www.harpwales.com/threestrands