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


There are three workshops available to book on to:

South Wales Workshop:


Sunday 8thJuly 2018

The Old Church Rooms

Park Road,

Radyr, Cardiff

CF15 8DF

Supported by Camac Harps Telynau Vining Wales – Cymru


Mid Wales Workshop:

Llanilar Village Hall, Llanilar

Sunday 19th August 2018

Hosted by Harpist Harriet Earis


Midlands Workshop:

Kinver, nr Stourbridge

Wednesday 22rdAugust 2018

St Peter’s Church Hall,

Vicarage Court,



Hosted by Harpist Helen Barley


Tickets available via this page! 


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