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/

Be True to your Harp!

Sign up to FREE WEBINAR!

Be True to Your Harp!
13th January 8PM GMT

Be True to Your Harp

What do I mean by this?! There are many definitions, but the one I want to share with you I found on www.mindbodygreen.com:

“When you are being true to yourself, you are completely honest with what you feel, deeply value, and desire. It also means communicating your feelings wholeheartedly both with yourself and othersallowing your truth to flow through you and into the world.”

I want START HARP to help you to be True to Your Harp! I feel it is completely honest to say that anyone who plays the harp deeply values this incredible instrument. Sadly, time and time again I meet adult learners who are frustrated by their playing, finding they play with hesitations, slips and uncertainty. Their perception of music and art exceeds their harpist ability, and this can make communicating musical feelings wholeheartedly on their instrument difficult.

Via the START HARP online courses I show beginner to intermediate harpists foundation techniques, improvisations, music reading, theory and playing by ear skills that enable students move forwards with their playing in the way they desire. It is using these skills that you can learn to truly communicate your musical and feelings with yourself and othersallowing your truth to flow through you and out into the world. I believe this is EXACTLY what we do every time we can play in a relaxed, connected and informed manner with our harp.

Come and join me for a Be True to Your Harp’ webinar on Sunday 13th January 2019 at 8PM GMT. We will discuss what the harp means to us and how we desire to move forwards in 2019. I will also teach some practical ideas that will firstly help you IMMEDIATELY with your playing!

What will we cover in ‘Be True to Your Harp’?

  • The 5 most common mistakes beginner harpists can make and how to fix them.
  • A simple way to remember how to ‘turn’ well. Not sure what a turn is? No problem, we will cover that.
  • Why placing is SO important. Not sure what placing is? No problem, we will cover that.
  • Do you know about triad chords and their inversions? We will take a brief look at these and find out why learning them well can be ENDLESSLY useful in your playing, whatever musical style you enjoy.
  • We will briefly cover a great exercise to help you work on your rolled and spread chords. Not sure what a rolled/spread chord is? No problem, we will cover that.
  • I will give you a link so you can download my FREE START HARP ‘First Steps in Harp Technique’ poster.
  • At the end of the Webinar I will give out a £50 discount code you can use to sign up to START HARP courses starting on January 20th this year! (actually, sneak preview…if you would like to sign up now you can use JAN19 for £50 on all levels!).

Sign up now to Be True to your Harp NOW by following this link: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=ED57D78184473C
(If you cannot make the WEBINAR LIVE you can sign up now anyway to receive the replay link following the event)

Sign up to FREE WEBINAR!

for Beginners to Intermediate Harpists,
20th January 2019

Looking to start 2019 with a new adventure? Join me and other fellow harp enthusiasts from around the world as we study the harp together with joy, optimism and a positive mindset! Let 2019 be the year where you really set in to motion your studies and harp practice to move forwards (or even begin) your journey as a harpist!  

2019 START HARP Online Classes begin on the 20th January, all levels 1, 2 and 3 starting at the same time. This means you can choose your level now – and if you need to switch, you can do it any time during the first 2 weeks.

“I’ve always wanted to learn to play the harp and START HARP has made it possible as it’s accessible at times that are convenient for me. The fact that the course covers learning by ear and improvisation as well as reading music from the page means that you can start to play recognisable tunes from the beginning. I’ve loved every minute of the course – even the homework!”
—Kate Adams

I am so looking forward to meeting and working with all the budding harpists who sign up! Could one of the students be you?! 

Find out more about START HARP by visiting www.StartHarp.com.

Not sure which level to take? Spend a few minutes taking the Harp quiz to help you find out!

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.


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