The Harp is the National Instrument of Wales yet many people living in Wales have never even touched one! On the 7th of February I will change that for twelve adventurous first time harp students on a momentous one-day learning journey, from plucking their very first note in the morning right through to performing in the evening as part of my new concert ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’.
Participants in the “Harpist for a Day” experience will:
Learn the basics of harp playing in a “Hands on Harps” Workshop exclusively for the 12 participants.
Attend an “Open Rehearsal” with Dynamic Harps Ensemble (www.dynamicharps.co.uk)
Rehearse in a “1st Performance Rehearsal” with their own harpist-mentor.
Perform in my evening concert “Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy Concert” alongside their personal harpist-mentor.
Celebrate their experience of having been “A Harpist for a day”!
I created ‘Harpist for a Day’ because I believe everyone should get to have an experience like this – especially in Wales, where harp is the national instrument. I structured it so that even if you’ve never played a harp before and have no previous experience of music reading or performing, you can truly participate and have the full experience of learning, rehearsing and performing along with an ensemble – so it’s not just a learning experience but a wonderful day of fun and harp-playing together!
Anyone that has always secretly wanted to try the harp can book a place to become “A Harpist for a Day!” for £40 on Saturday 7 February 2015 as part of the Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend at Cardiff Metropolitan University. For further information and details visit www.harpistforaday.co.uk. The Camac harp weekend taking place on the 7th/8th of February also includes workshops, demonstrations, master-classes and a live webinar with Deborah Henson-Conant, a Grammy-nominated composer, performer and the world’s leading electric harpist.