8th Family Harp Weekend – National Botanic Garden of Wales – 29th and 30th June 2019

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019

The 8th Family Harp Weekend

at the

National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Harp is the National Instrument of Wales, yet many people have never touched one.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales aims to change that for all adventurous and curious visitors to the garden at their 8th Family Harp Weekend!

On the Saturday 29th and Sunday 39th June the NBGW host its 8th annual harp weekend organised by Shelley Fairplay, a harpist who is deeply passionate about engaging people with the harp and the hugely divers music it has to offer.

Come and join us for the 8th annual family harp weekend at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (10:00am to 4.00pm) to hear Robin Huw Bowen perform on Wales’ traditional triple harp, and Shelley Fairplay with the modern day electric harp, try the harp for the first time at a Hands on Harps workshop, bring little children to a Tiny Hands on Harps session, listen to the Cardiff based ensemble group Dynamic Harps perform, the Wales Clarsach Society ensemble perform, become a Harp Detective and make your very own harp crown.

To book your FREE space on any workshop please click >>HERE<<.

Do you already play the harp? Brilliant! You are invited to join the harpist workshop with Robin Huw Bowen and also take part in the ensemble concert and musical story. You will have the opportunity to play in the magical setting amongst the flowers! If you have just started playing, played for years, or simple own a harp and want to hang out with harpists then bring your instrument along to play in an open rehearsal in the morning and then perform in the afternoon. The sessions will suite all levels, reading or not reading music. If you would like to read more and/or attend please click  >>HERE<<

All events are FREE once you have entered the gardens, for information on the National Botanic Garden of Wales admission times and prices please visit their website by clicking this link: NBGW

Runtime of events on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm Harp Weekend Information/Booking Desk Open

10.00am – 4.00pm Harp Detective Trail

10.00am – 4.00pm Make Your Own Garden Themed Harp Crown

10.15am – 10.45am: ‘The Fairy Harp’ Open Rehearsal – If you are already at the gardens come and see this preview of our 12.30pm event!

11am-12pm: Workshop for harpists with Robin Huw Bowen (Sideroom classroom in GGH)

10.45am – 11.15am: The ‘Harp Petting Zoo’ will be open, come and informally try the harp and ask questions with members of Dynamic Harps

11.15am – 11.30am: Tiny Hands on Harps Workshop – Parent & Child Workshop

11.30am – 12.15pm: Hands on Harps Workshop – Come & try the harp for the first time

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Musical Story ‘The Fairy Harp’ told by The Yarn Spinner and accompanied by Shelley Fairplay and Dynamic Harps

1.00pm – 1.45pm: Harp Concert with Robin Huw Bowen, opened by Shelley Fairplay

2.00pm – 2.45pm: Harp Ensembles performance including ‘Growing for the Future’ ensemble premier

3.00pm – 3.15pm: Tiny Hands on Harps Workshop – Parent & Child Workshop

3.15pm – 4.00pm: Hands on Harps Workshop – Come & try the harp for the first time

All events are FREE once you have entered the gardens, for information on the National Botanic Garden of Wales admission times and prices please visit their website by clicking this link: NBGW

Full details of Events:

10.00am – 4.00pm Harp On Desk – Great Glass House

Come along to the ‘Harp On’ desk to find out more about the harp weekend!
Here you can book your workshop space, pick up your harp detective trail sheet, access the harp crown craft table, enter the ‘Draw the harps in the flowers Competition’, pick up a timetable, and ask any questions you might have regarding the weekend’s events!

This stand will be run by wonderful volunteers, friends and performers of Dynamic Harps.

Ensembles Banner Photo10.00am-10.30am: ‘The Fairy Harp’  Open Rehearsal – for harpists and general public

Do you already play the harp? Brilliant! You are invited to join this open rehearsal for ‘The Fairy Harp’ musical story in the magical setting amongst the flowers! If you have just started playing, played for years, or simple own a harp and want to hang out with harpists then bring your instrument along to play in an open rehearsal in the morning and then perform in the afternoon. The short session will suite all levels, reading or not reading music. Much of the music has been worked on by Dynamic Harps in advance so you will be able to join is as much or as little as you feel confident with, or just sit back and enjoy the sounds, there is nothing quite like being in the middle of a harp ensemble! If you would like to read more and/or attend please click  >>HERE<<

Not a harpist? You are welcome to come along and listen to us preparing to perform in the afternoon performance, an interesting behind the scenes experience!

10.45am-12.15pm: The Harp Petting Zoo!

A really informal chance to come and try harps, ask questions and hear the instrument played, for those of you not quite up for a full workshop this is a great chance to pop along and see these amazing, beautiful and relatively rare instruments up close.

11.00am-12.00 noon: Workshop for Harpists with Robin Huw Bowen

Do you already play the harp? Brilliant! Whatever type of harp you play, you are invited to join this workshop with Robin Huw Bowen, taking place in a classroom space within the Great Glass House. Robin Huw Bowen is a full-time professional Welsh harpist specialising solely in the Welsh Triple Harp, his influence on the world of Welsh folk music and harping has been far-reaching. He undoubtedly ranks among the most important figures that the Welsh folk tradition has produced. If you would like to read more and/or attend please click  >>HERE<<

11.15am to 11.30am “Tiny Hands on Harps”: Parent and Toddler/Child session (15 minutes)

Try the lap harps together and enjoy much loved nursery rhymes and stories! This workshops is aimed at children 2-6 with one to one parental support in the session.
The 15-minute children’s session are free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance clicking here and signing up for FREE by clicking >>HERE<<. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult sitting alongside them during this event.

11.30am – 12.15pm “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
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.
A place on the workshop is free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance clicking here and signing up for FREE by clicking >>HERE<<.

12.30pm -1pm Premier of ‘The Fairy Harp’ musical story with professional storyteller The Yarn Weaver.

In this performance we will showcase the musical version of traditional Welsh story tale, ‘The Fairy Harp’ told by professional storyteller ‘The Yarn Weaver (www.Yarnweaver.co.uk)  and accompanied by Shelley Fairplay (www.HarpWales.com) and her community ensembles Dynamic Harps. This will be engaging for both young and old so come along and join us!

1.00pm – 1.45pm: Harp Concert with Robin Huw Bowen, opened by Shelley Fairplay

Robin Huw Bowen, Wales’ foremost Triple Harpist performs at NBGW

Since 1983, Robin Huw Bowen has introduced the Welsh Triple Harp and its music to thousands all over the world. As the only full-time professional Welsh harpist specializing solely in the Welsh Triple Harp, his influence on the world of Welsh folk music and harping has been far-reaching. He undoubtedly ranks among the most important figures that the Welsh folk tradition has produced.

‘ Robin has got to be one of the top performers, giving the Welsh Triple Harp the airing it so rightly deserves, and his show on this night was one of the best I”ve ever seen or heard.’ (Living Tradition)

2.00pm – 2.45pm Harp Ensemble Music Performed by Dynamic Harps and Friends!  (45 minutes)

Come and enjoy hearing harp ensemble Dynamic Harps perform, There are now three groups in Cardiff meeting regularly for ensemble workshops with Harpist Shelley Fairplay. This is an open event so come along and have a listen! We will premier a new piece called ‘Growing the Future’.
Dynamic Harps are thrilled to be joined by harpist friends from across Wales for the ‘Flash Mob Harp Ensemble’ and The Clarsach Society Wales Branch who will be performing on the Saturday.

Shelley Fairplay teaching a workshop at NBGW

3.00pm – 3.15pm “Tiny Hands on Harps”: Parent and Toddler/Child session (15 minutes)

Try the lap harps together and enjoy much loved nursery rhymes and stories! This workshops is aimed at children 2-6 with one to one parental support in the session.
The 15-minute children’s session are free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance clicking here and signing up for FREE by clicking >>HERE<<.
All children must be accompanied by an adult sitting alongside them during this event.

Learn basic harp techniques

3.15pm – 4.00pm “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
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.
A place on the workshop is free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance clicking here and signing up for FREE by clicking >>HERE<<.

Make your own ‘Harp Crown’ Craft– All Day Event (10am-4pm)

Do you like to stick and glue? Do you like to colour in? Then this activity is for you!

Brand new activity for this year! Come and create your very one harp crown to wear for the day! Harp Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses can parade around the garden!
This is an unsupervised activity so toddlers and children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. The Crowns should fit adults too, you are welcome to make one whatever your age!

‘Harp Detectives’ Trail of Discovery!

Harp Detectives – All Day Event (10am-4pm)

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!

Start Harp LogoWhat next?!

Has this weekend awoken your inner wannabe harpist?! Why not join Shelley Fairplay’s brand new online START HARP class where you can learn to play the harp from the very beginning using lap, lever or pedal harp. Need a harp? Shelley will be happy to help you find one, just email her on info@harpwales.com

The Cherished Harp CD CoverOver the weekend, Shelley’s two CD’s will be available to buy from the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

 

Harp Revelry Day with Diego Laverde Rojas and Shelley Fairplay – 10th February 2019

Harp Revelry Day

Diego Laverde Rojas and Shelley Fairplay

10th February 2019

Drawing Room, Insole Court, Cardiff

Workshops 10.30am to 4.30pm

Concert 5pm-6pm

Harp Revelry is a community harp event for families, concert goers and harpists, the National Instrument for all, the harp for EVERYONE to enjoy!

Come and join us on 10thFebruary  2019 for a day exploring and enjoying the National Instrument of Wales at the beautiful venue Insole Court in Cardiff,

10.30am to 4.30pm for workships for harpists

5pm –6pm for a concert for all

Harpists: £20. Full access to all workshops and concert.

Concert Tickets: £8.50 for over 16’s. Under 16’s go free but must be accompanied at all times by a paying adult.

Click >>HERE<< to book your tickets today! Spaces are limited! 

What’s Happening?

 

For audiences:

Come along and hear the brillaint Diego Laverde Rojas, originally from Bogotá in Colombia, playing on the ‘Llanera’ (low land) Harp. You can listen to Diego here: https://soundcloud.com/diegolaverderojas

You will also hear from Cardiff based Shelley Fairplay on Concert Pedal and Electric Lever Harp and her community ensemble Dynamic Harps will perform alongside the attendees from the day courses. To hear Shelley play click here: https://soundcloud.com/shelley-fairplay-harpist

A concert not to be missed!

For harpists: Your day ticket includes a morning workshops with Shelley Fairplay and afternoon workshops with  Diego Laverde Rojas, then the opportunity to perform in the group as part of concert at 5pm and of course to watch the other performances. You will need to bring your own harp to this harp event, the good news is there are no steps to get in! There is a wonderful cafe on site called ‘The Potting Shed’ where you will be able to get lunch from (or you can bring your own), here is the link to the Cafe: https://www.insolecourt.org/the-potting-shed

Click >>HERE<< to book your tickets today! Spaces are limited! 

More details on the harpist tutors/performers:

Diego Laverde Rojas

From Bogotá, Colombia, Diego Laverde Rojas has been playing the ‘Llanera’ (low land) Harp since 1982. This particular harp design is the product of the European influence, and has been adopted in a beautiful area between Colombia and Venezuela called ‘Los Llanos’ (the plains).

In Colombia, he taught in various music academies and was director of the Folkloric Lowland’s group of the Central University of Bogotá. He has toured the world as a musician with the Ballet Folklorico Colombiano.

Since coming to the United Kingdom, he has been involved in different festivals as a performer and teacher around England, Scotland, Wales and Europe.

Shelley Fairplay:

Shelley Fairplay is a harpist based in Wales, UK. She began her journey as a harpist in 1991. Following a degree and masters in music (BMus/MMus), Shelley released her debut CD “The Cherished Harp’ featuring her own arrangements of traditional music from the British Isles. Her concert series “The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy” lead to the release of her second CD of the same name. Shelley’s latest concert series “HarpOsphere” features original works along with her arrangements of popular, classical and traditional tunes. Her concerts include traditional playing alongside performances on electric harp with effects pedals including looper. Shelley performs throughout the UK and internationally her harp has taken her as far as America and Hong Kong. Her ensemble ‘Dynamic Harps’ perform music predominantly arranged by Shelley from films, pop, shows, classical, Jazz and Celtic genres and original music she has written. Shelley has an online harp school offering courses with individual support for beginner to intermediate harpists ‘Start Harp’ (www.StartHarp.co.uk). The three courses total 36 weeks of tuition on technique, note reading, improvisation and playing by ear taught via teaching videos, play-a-longs, sheet music, live online Q&A’s and video homework submissions with personalised feedback. The courses teach students across the world including in the UK, mainland Europe, Canada, Australia and the US.

Click >>HERE<< to book your tickets today! Spaces are limited! 

Love Sunday! 27th January 2019 at National Waterfront Museum

Dynamic Harps perform at National Waterfront Museum, Swansea!  

Dynamic Harps

I am really excited that Dynamic Harps have their very first performance of the year on Sunday 27th January! We will be performing a wide variety of musical styles from traditional and classical, to show tunes, pop, jazz and film music!

Who? Dynamic Harps

What? Ensemble performance with 15-20 performers taking part on the day

Where? National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

When? 2.30pm on Sunday 17th January 2019

Why? Because we love playing harp music!

Come and join us for the day, I will also be there offering free ‘try the harp’ open sessions and performing between 12 – 4pm on the day.

Plus it’s FREE! 

Hope to see you there, here is the museum link: https://museum.wales/swansea/whatson/10379/Love-Sunday/

Try the Harp Sessions in Cardiff!

Harp Taster Sessions in Cardiff

Have you always wanted to try the harp? Then please make 2019 the year that you do!

Sign up to a “Harp Taster” session on Saturday 2nd February 2019 to try the National Instrument of Wales at Camac Harps – Telynau Vining  with Harpist Shelley Fairplay.

During the workshop you will be introduced  to a variety of different harps including Celtic, Concert Pedal and Lap harps. You will be allocated a Celtic harp to use throughout the session and be guided through your very first stages of learning the harp; how to sit, basic harp technique and of course how to create beautiful sounds! By the end of the session you will have learnt how to find all the notes on your harp, played an accompaniment along with Shelley and also be able to play a tune on your own! No guarantees, but we should also warn you that you may well totally fall for this incredible instrument and awaken your inner harpist!

You will be allocated your very own Celtic harp to play on during the session!

If you have any hopes and dreams of once day renting or even owning your very own harp, Elen from Telynau Vining Harps will be available during the sessions to answer any questions you might have, including prices and information on Camac harps for sale and details regarding their harp rental scheme which starts from just £50 a month.
We have a workshop taking place on Saturday 2nd February 2019.
The sessions are open to all ages and require no previous musical knowledge. Please note under 18″s must be accompanied  by an adult.

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Cost: £30

Date/Time: Saturday 2nd February 3.15pm-5.00pm

Venue: Camac Harps – Telynau Vining Harps, 116B Pantbach Road, Birchgrove, Cardiff, CF14 1UE. For directions please click here.

Booking: Booking is essential, please contact Elen Vining on info@camacharps.co.uk or 02920 620900 to reserve your space, book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are very limited. You can also book online at www.rowlandsonline.co.uk

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Wild Strings Pre-Festival Pop Harp Workshops

Pop Harp Workshops this Summer

(Pre-Wild Strings Harp Festival)

8thJuly, 19th August and 22ndAugust 2018

with Harpist Shelley Fairplay

Do you like to play Pop songs? Sometimes we find that sheet music of our favourite songs have not been published for harp. Come and learn key skills required to create your own harp arrangements using readily available PVG (Piano/Voice/Guitar) scores and recordings. What works best? How can you make the arrangement ‘your own’? Are there typical chord progressions and rhythms? What harp sounds and tricks can you use to create a Pop feel to your music? Sometimes we want to play a tune that we cannot find any sheet music for at all, so in this class we will also take a look at how you can use recordings/YouTube to work out your favourite song. Come along and open the door to a whole world of Pop music on the harp, even writing your own! We will finish the afternoon with a short concert to friends and family at 4pm to showcase the music we have been working on during the day.

10am – 4.30pm

£20 

There are three workshops available to book on to:

South Wales Workshop:

Cardiff

Sunday 8thJuly 2018

The Old Church Rooms

Park Road,

Radyr, Cardiff

CF15 8DF

Supported by Camac Harps Telynau Vining Wales – Cymru

www.CamacHarps.co.uk


Mid Wales Workshop:

Llanilar Village Hall, Llanilar

Sunday 19th August 2018

Hosted by Harpist Harriet Earis

http://www.harrietearis.com


Midlands Workshop:

Kinver, nr Stourbridge

Wednesday 22rdAugust 2018

St Peter’s Church Hall,

Vicarage Court,

Kinver,

DY7 6HT

Hosted by Harpist Helen Barley

www.HelenBarley.co.uk

Tickets available via this page! 

Bit.ly/PopHarp


Wild Strings is the UKHA Jazz & Pop Harp Festival, taking place in Manchester, 5 – 7 Oct 2018. Organised by a group of UK harpists active in jazz and pop music, at the request of the UK Harp Association. We have fantastic performances, workshops and jams for you to participate in, and you can enter the special Wild Strings Future Blend composition contest. Get ready to play, learn, listen, jazz, pop, rave, rock and blues with us!

Full details for the festival available via the website:www.wildstrings.co.uk