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

Family Harp Weekend at National Botanic Garden of Wales!

Timetable of events:

13th and 14th June at the National Botanic Garden of Wales:

Botanical Harp Music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Program of Events

10.30 – 4.30pm Harp On Desk – Great Glass House

 The Harp On Desk!

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)

Botanical Harp Music!

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

‘Hands on Harps’ Workshop

(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)

‘Tiny Hands on Harps’

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)

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)

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

The Three Strands Concert: Passion, Sorrow and Joy¨Shelley Fairplay

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)

‘Tiny Hands on Harps’

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)

 “Hands on Harps” Workshop

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”

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!

Draw harps in the flowers! All Day Event

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

“Draw the Harps in the Flowers” Competition

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 7th July 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!

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

CD The Cherished Harp – Available over the weekend

 The Cherished Harp CD

Last year I greatly enjoyed recording, creating and releasing a brand new CD called “The Cherished Harp”. I have gathered together a collection of my favorite traditional tunes and created my own arrangements reflecting influences arising out my musical journey with the harp so far.

 

 

22nd February 2015 Three Strands Concert for Lampeter Music Club

>>FOR TICKET AND VENUE CLICK HERE!<<

At 2.30pm Sunday 22nd February 2015 I am really excited to be performing my final Three Strands concert of the month! This concert takes place as part of Lampeter Music Club concert series at the Old Hall in Lampeter University. 

Shelley aims to show the harp to be an instrument that both harks back to an ancient tradition and is moving forwards with the times. This is reflected in “The Three Strands” concert were she performs a diverse range of musical styles using traditional harp-play techniques and also amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and an amazing electro lever harp that she wears and walk around with!

The concert combines many music genres including Celtic, Classical and Flamenco to Doctor Who and Starwars. The program includes musical vignettes from her life, a suite of dance tunes that streams from Tchaikovsky to La Bamba called: ‘Tchaikovsky dances with friends’– and the show ends with her own interpretation of Deborah Henson Conants (a Grammy-nominated composer, performer and the world’s leading electric harpist, based in Boston, USA) fiery harp showcase, ‘Baroque Flamenco.’

Her ‘Wedding Remix’ sequence is a series of three motifs – based on real-life events – in which Shelley, as a wedding harpist, found creative ways to accommodate musical requests of the couples she played for – including the groom who wanted to pace the aisle to the Darth Vader Theme, the couple who fell in love to Dr. Who, and the man, whose name being ‘Bond’ wanted – you guessed it – the James Bond theme. She presents, in music and story, a perspective that only SHE could give us – in this case, her life and experience playing hundreds of weddings throughout the UK, with a personal mission of creating a deeply personalized musical experience for each couple.

‘Rally of the Riffs’ brings together pop and rock riffs on electro harp, as Shelley explains how the “riffs” or “hooks” from songs are often what really draw us in to a song, the piece uses a number of famous riffs including Greenday”s “Good riddance” and Elbow”s “One day like this” alongside her own original material.

The name of the show, ‘The Three Strands’ refers to an age-old Celtic tale that each harper must master three musical strands in order to truly serve humanity.   The details of each strand differ in every story. In Shelley”s version, it”s the strands of passion, sorrow and joy. But in every tale, these strands are always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience. The idea of these three strands really connects with Shelley as expressing emotion through music and connecting with an audience is what performing is all about.

Shelley explains that this is a tradition that”s not about “traditional music,” but a tradition of expressionExploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

If you”re anywhere near Lampeter over the weekend, come along to catch the concert on the 22nd of February at Lampeter University in the Old Hall. Ticket details available via Lampeter Music Clubs website: www.lampetermusic.co.uk.

>>FOR TICKET AND VENUE CLICK HERE!<<

7th February 2015: Darth Vader, Doctor Who & James Bond walk down the aisle together

On Saturday 7th February 2015, Darth Vader, Doctor Who & James Bond walk down the aisle together in harpist Shelley Fairplay”s harp concert ‘The Three Strands,’ at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Shelley aims to show the harp to be an instrument that both harks back to an ancient tradition and is moving forwards with the times. This is reflected in “The Three Strands” concert were she performs a diverse range of musical styles using traditional harp-play techniques and also amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and an amazing electro lever harp that she wears and walk around with!

The concert combines many music genres including Celtic, Classical and Flamenco to Doctor Who and Starwars. The program includes musical vignettes from her life, a suite of dance tunes that streams from Tchaikovsky to La Bamba called: ‘Tchaikovsky dances with friends’– and the show ends with her own interpretation of Deborah Henson Conants (a Grammy-nominated composer, performer and the world’s leading electric harpist, based in Boston, USA) fiery harp showcase, ‘Baroque Flamenco.’

Her ‘Wedding Remix’ sequence is a series of three motifs – based on real-life events – in which Shelley, as a wedding harpist, found creative ways to accommodate musical requests of the couples she played for – including the groom who wanted to pace the aisle to the Darth Vader Theme, the couple who fell in love to Dr. Who, and the man, whose name being ‘Bond’ wanted – you guessed it – the James Bond theme. She presents, in music and story, a perspective that only SHE could give us – in this case, her life and experience playing hundreds of weddings throughout the UK, with a personal mission of creating a deeply personalized musical experience for each couple.

‘Rally of the Riffs’ brings together pop and rock riffs on electro harp, as Shelley explains how the “riffs” or “hooks” from songs are often what really draw us in to a song, the piece uses a number of famous riffs including Greenday”s “Good riddance” and Elbow”s “One day like this” alongside her own original material.

The name of the show, ‘The Three Strands’ refers to an age-old Celtic tale that each harper must master three musical strands in order to truly serve humanity.   The details of each strand differ in every story. In Shelley”s version, it”s the strands of passion, sorrow and joy. But in every tale, these strands are always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience. The idea of these three strands really connects with Shelley as expressing emotion through music and connecting with an audience is what performing is all about.

Shelley explains that this is a tradition that”s not about “traditional music,” but a tradition of expressionExploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

If you”re anywhere near Cardiff this weekend, come along to catch her show at 7pm on Saturday 7th of February at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Tickets available by calling 02920 221199 or online via: www.harpwales.com/threestrands – it”s part of an entire weekend of events at the Camac Harp Weekend where harpists are travelling from across the UK to participate in workshops, master classes and concerts. Full details available via: www.camacharps.co.uk.

Swansea Waterfront Museum 25th January 2015 – Come and celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day with Harps!

Shelley Fairplay Harpist

On the 25th of January 2015 I will be holding a hands-on-harps workshop at the museum at 11am (completely FREE so please come along early to book your space!).

We will also hear over 15 harpists perform together as the two harp ensembles Adult and Student Dynamic Harps join forces and present a 40 minute concert at 2.15pm.

I will also be providing a back drop of romantic tunes (and a few other favourites!) to celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day – the Welsh Patron Saint of Love and friendship, both at 1pm and 3pm on the day. Please see below the details provided by Swansea Waterfront Museum.

There is free entry to the museum and I believe the local parking is free on Sunday’s so why not come along for a lovely day out! To plan your visit follow this link to the Swansea Waterfront Museum website.
Heavenly Harps

25 January 2015 , 1 – 4pm

Listen to the melodic sound of Shelley Fairplay as her beautiful harp music floats around the main hall.

Plus, a performance from new Cardiff based student ensemble Dynamic Harps.

A perfect way to relax and enjoy the National Instrument of Wales and celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day – the Welsh Patron Saint of Love and friendship.

25 January 2015 , 12 pm

Always wanted to try the harp? Come along to try our National Instrument of Wales, with harpist Shelley Fairplay

This lovely Santes Dwynwen Day 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.

Places limited, book on arrival.

Dynamic Harps Concert for Cardiff Foodbank

On the 6th of December 2014 the Over 30 musicians gathered together in Radyr to celebrate “A HARPy Christmas Concert”.  Under the direction of Harpist Shelley Fairplay the concert included performances by the two Radyr based harp groups ‘Dynamic Harps’, harp solos from primary and secondary school children from South Wales and songs from the Canu O’r Galon quartet with vocalist Deborah Morgan Lewis. The event was in aid of Cardiff Foodbank and the students raised over £200 for the charity and a substantial food collection was taken to the Foodbank following the event.

In September 2014 Radyr resident Shelley launched two new harp ensembles Dynamic Harps who meet weekly to rehearse at the Radyr Methodist Church. They have now enjoyed 4 wonderful terms together playing music from a vast array of genres, rehearsing and working together on ensemble and general harp playing skills. Many of the songs the ensembles learn come directly as requests from group members and are then arranged specially for the group.

The next performances for Dynamic Harps take place on the 25th of January at the Swansea National Waterfront museum and then on the 7th of February at Cardiff Metropolitan University as part of the Camac Harp Weekend”s Saturday night harp concert: The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy. On the 13th/14th of June they are very excited to be returning to perform at the National Botanic Garden of Wales “Hand-on-harps” weekend!

Dynamic Harps meet on Monday”s and Tuesday”s during term time. For further details on the harp ensembles next performances please visit www.dynamicharps.co.uk. For those who have never played the harp before various hands-on-harps events take place regularly, including Shelley”s www.harpistforaday.co.uk. With events such as this everyone can have their chance to try the truly incredible National Instrument of Wales!

The musicians involved in the December performance would like to thank the audience members for their attendance and support, with special recognition to Huw James for arranging the Methodist Church Hall Hire, Helen Nolan from Cardiff Foobank for coming and addressing the performers on the night and finally to Bob Pearce from Radyr Chain for supporting the group and this article!