NEW! Harp Taster Sessions Launched in Cardiff!

Have you always wanted to try the harp?

Come along to a ‘Harp Taster’ session on the National Instrument of Wales at Telynau Vining Harps with Harpist Shelley Fairplay.

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

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!

 

Harp Tutor Shelley Fairplay
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.
The workshop runs from 6.45pm to 8.30pm and includes a short tea break. 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

Time: 6.45pm  – 8.30pm

Dates: 19th November 2015, 21st January 2016.

Venue: 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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Harp Break Out! Cardiff Graduation Week 2015

Harp Break Out!

Cardiff Graduation Celebration Music Monday 13th – Friday 17th July 2015

Al fresco harp music anyone?! This week I totally thrilled to staging Harp Break Out performances in Cardiff City Center for a whole week!

Modern Sound?! Camac Electro Harp and Loop Pedal in action!

The Harp Break Out is taking place as part of Cardiff Graduation 2015 week.  I am a very proud Cardiff University Alumni, having graduated from the School of Music a number of years ago. It is a true honour and privilege to be able to come back to provide harp music to help this years graduates celebrate their hard work and achievements. Here is a link to a video taken earlier this week: Harp Break Out on the Bandstand! 

Cardiff University and Cardiff Council are hosting this event, which is based in the Bandstand on the Hayes in Cardiff City center. It is a free and open to everyone! Anyone can come along and listen, so if you happen to be on your way to work, shopping or running an errand you can just swing by to catch a few tunes and say hello.

Harp Break Out consists of music performed outside, on my wireless golden electric harp that I wear and walk around with whilst playing. The harp has an amplified yet traditional sound which I can then enhance using a loop station and effects pedals, so much fun!

I feel liberated by escaping to the great outdoors to perform! I am also escaping from the static feeling of being sat behind a harp, as with this harp I am wearing it to play, I can walk around and move easily, much like a solo violinist can. It makes playing music feel much more natural and free, a great escape indeed! Another felling of a Harp Break Out comes from the music itself, we often associate harp solely with the incredible classical repertoire and Celtic music (all of which I love dearly) but for the Harp Break Out I have drawn influence from other genres to escape (or at least have a holiday) from this traditional repertoire. So, in the Harp Break Out you will hear my own original material alongside film, blues, jazz, rock and pop with rhythms and harmonies drawn from genres all over the world including flamenco, habanera and calypso styles.

If you happen to be free or passing by do come along and join me for my Harp Break Out as part of Cardiff University”s Graduation Celebration music! I will at the Bandstand on the Hayes in Cardiff bright and early all week: Monday 13th 9.30-10.30am, Tuesday 14th 8.30-9.30am, Wednesday 15th 8.30-9.30am, Thursday 16th 9.00-10.00am and Friday 10.00-11.00am.

Would you like a Harp Break Out for your event? I would love to come and play for you! My email address is info@harpwales.com or you can call me on 07960 718663.

Concert in Kinver! 2nd August 2015

The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy

6pm – Sunday 2nd August 2015

Kinver

Tickets available here: The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy 
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 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 Axl Rose, Darth Vader and Dr Who will make an appearance!

The concert program includes a 47 string pedal harp being played traditionally and also uses amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and golden electric harp that Shelley wears to play.

 

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

Three Strands at NBGW 2015

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

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

The National Botanical Garden of Wales aims to change that for all adventurous and curious visitors to the garden this June! On the 13th and 14th of June the NBGW hosts it fourth annual harp weekend, two full days of family friendly events and concerts including hands on harps workshops for those who have never played the harp before.

Returning by popular demand Harpist Shelley Fairplay will be teaching workshops, leading her student ensembles “Dynamic harps” and performing her concert ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy”. The harp weekend also marks the official launch of her latest CD, which carries the title of the concert.

Why “The Three Strands”? 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”s performances bring to life music that reflects the three strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy. The program weaves a story of three strands using diverse music 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. This year for the first time Shelley will be bring her golden electro harp to the NBGW harp weekend. This specialist instrument she wears on a harness and walks around with whist on stage performing, the harp will be used as part of the 2.30pm concert on both days.

Shelley 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 Concert “The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy” takes place at 2.30pm on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of June 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, and to enter our Draw the harp in the Flowers competition.

All the concerts and activities are free of charge once you have paid to enter the National Botanic Garden of Wales. For admission charges please visit www.gardenofwales.com

If you have any questions regarding this event please click here or email Shelley Fairplay via email address:

info@harpwales.com.

 

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

 

 

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

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of June 2015 the National Botanical Garden of Wales are holding their fourth Family Harp Weekend. Events include Shelley Fairplay”s harp concert The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy at 2.30pm one both days, workshops to try the harp for the first time at a Hands on Harp or at a Tiny Hands on Harps session, an ensemble performance by Dynamic Harps, a Harp Detective trail of discovery around the Great Glasshouse, and a Draw the harp in the Flowers competition. The weekend will also mark the official launch of Shelley Fairplay’s latest CD ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’.

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

If you enjoy the workshops you can enter to win your very own Lap Harp via this link:  Shelley Fairplay’s Facebook Page

Runtime of events:

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 details of Events:

10.30 – 4.30pm Harp On Desk – Great Glass House

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)

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

(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)

One to one harp lessons for all ages and abilities.

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) 

www.dynamicharps.co.uk

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)

Modern Sound?! Camac Electro Harp and Loop Pedal in action!

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 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)

Rehearse and Perform

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)

Harp Workshop with Shelley Fairplay

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’ Trail of Discovery!

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 – All Day Event

‘Draw the Harps in the Flowers’ Competition

Competition open for Children 16 and under. Enjoy drawing a beautiful instrument in a beautiful setting! Pencils and paper will be 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 15th of June 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!

 Shelley Fairplay’s Facebook ‘Win a Lap Harp’ Competition: 

If this weekend has got you thinking about becoming a harpist why not enter this ‘Win a lap Harp’ Competition! The 1st Prize winner for this competition will receive a 17 string lap harp! Try out some basic early tunes and techniques with this beautiful little lap/knee harp! This can be used in a classroom setting, for music therapy or even just as an incredible ornament. For those of you already playing the harp this is a very portable little instrument for taking on holiday to keep your hand in on or for keeping beside your pedal harp at events ready for little children to try!

This is a 17 string/note diatonic instrument without levers so it is not suitable for beginners studying for exams or long term progression – but it is a great way to try out the instrument, technique and basic tunes! Whilst this is not a harp that will take you to the Albert Hall, it might just awaken the harpist within you!

2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive a copy of Shelley’s latest CD launching in 2015 – ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’.

To enter please visit:  Shelley Fairplay’s Facebook Page

 CD Launch of ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’ 

Three Strands at NBGW 2015

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 they always encompass the human experience.

This is the CD of Shelley’s concert with the same title and the music entwines the The Three Strands. You can expect a wide diversity of guests in this musical recording; we meet with our Celtic forefathers, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Flamenco Dancers and Gershwin along with Shelley Fairplay”s own music reflecting a diverse range of styles and emotions.

The recordings include the harp being played traditionally and also uses amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and and electo-lever harp.