Monday 17 June 2024

Discover the Harp: Welsh company, Cambrian Harps take their discovery days on the road

One of Cambrian Harps' Discover the Harp sessions
One of Cambrian Harps' Discover the Harp sessions

Cambrian Harps, a company from the heart of Wales specialising in making harps and encouraging harp playing, is on a mission to show the country and the world that the harp is not an elitist instrument, played only by the wealthy, that it is an accessible, and affordable, instrument for all. Cambrian Harps has created its Discover the Harp days to dispel the myths that surround this beautiful instrument, and they are now taking these introductory half day sessions around the country.

Many people have dismissed the idea of learning to play the harp, as too difficult, too expensive, too bulky to transport, and far too elitist to be something for ‘ordinary’ folk. But they are encouraging people view the Discover the Harp sessions where students will begin to learn the skills and techniques required to play the harp, basic music theory and a variety of musical styles - from classical to folk - and playing in an ensemble. If that already seems like a lot to pack into a short introductory course, the extras are an amazing bonus. Most notably, all people attending the course will be gifted a Derwent Discovery 16 String Harp to take home and keep.

The course aftercare also includes course materials and sheet music, access to Cambrian Harp School’s Online Blended Learning Portal, where there are videos and resources to help you embed what you have already learnt and to help facilitate your harp adventure. Also, you get access to a national network of harp tutors for face to face and video conferencing lessons.

Dates and locations:

Saturday 13 July – Aberystwyth
Tuesday 6 August – Southampton
Saturday 10 August – Holyhead, Anglesey
Sunday 11 August – Bushmills (Giants Causeway), Northern Ireland
Wednesday 14 August – Kirkwall, Orkney (Followed by a Harp Recital at St Magnus Cathedral at 2.30pm)
Thursday 15 August – Edinburgh
Sunday 18 August – Falmouth
Monday 26 August – Guernsey
Saturday 26 October – Huntingdon

Further information, booking details and news about further dates from the Cambrian Harps website.

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