WHAT'S ON

 Events Calendar 2020/21 

1ST DEC - 1ST MAR

2020 

Launch of Composition Competition. 

More details to come. 


Open to all members 



SAT 5TH DEC 

2020 

HNW - Christmas Party 

Master of ceremonies - Mary Dunsford. 

Welcome to our annual gathering with a zoom twist. Christmas party pieces, christmas quiz and fancy dress!   



SUN 20TH DEC 

2020 

HNW - Christmas Carol & Song playing Session 

A festive morning of Christmas carols and songs, hosted by Susan Lambert. 10am-12. 

Free to members

Donations welcome 

1ST - 31ST JAN

2020 

Brand New JaNEWary Challenge. 

Learn some fantastic new pieces over the month of january with a snippet of each pieces plus video tutorials each day. 

Open to all! 

SAT 16TH JAN

2020 

Shelley Fairplay Online Workshop.  

Shelley is back and kicking off our year with a fantastic online workshop, more info to come. 

Free to members

Donations welcome 

SUN 21ST FEB

2020 

Rachel Newton - Online Workshop.  

Another exciting online workshop with Rachel Newton, more info to come. 10am-12. 

Free to members

Donations welcome 

9TH - 11TH AUG

2021 

Higham Hall - Rescheduled date. 

A residential weekend with the harp. Tutors Jan Bennett & Mary Dunsofrd. Go to www.highamhall.com for more details.

Open to all.  

Higham Hall, CA13 9SH


CONFIRMED

DATES FOR 2021 


SATURDAY 20TH MARCH  

SUNDAY 18TH APRIL 


FUTURE EVENTS, DATES TO BE CONFIRMED. 

- POSTPONED 

2021

Workshop - Kulning

Led by tutor Mary Dunsford. More details to come. 



- POSTPONED 

2021

Workshop - Cumbrian Tunes for All Levels. 

Led by tutor Jean Altshuler. arr.10am for 10.30 - 12.30 


- POSTPONED 

2021

*Harps for Harmony* - A global collaboration. 

Live recording session of Pachelbel's Canon - all HNW members welcome. To get involved please contact Mandy on events@harpsnorthwest.org.uk 

Open to all members

ST BEES PRIORY, CA27 OHB 


- POSTPONED 

2021

Day Workshop - With Rachel Gladwin.  

A full day workshop with professional manchester based harpist Rachel Gladwin. More info to come. 

£40 for members, open to all. 

BURTON IN KENDAL MEMORIAL HALL, LA6 1NA 

- POSTPONED 

2021

Absolute Beginner's workshop - postponed. 

We will continue our series of beginner workshops in the future when it is safe to do so, but please do still get in touch if you are interested in learning the harp or just want to know more about them. 

Open to all. 




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SAT 14TH &                 Shelley Fairplay - Zoom Workshop 

SUN 15TH NOV                 "Come Hail or Higham Water" 

2020                                            


Shelley gave us two jam packed mornings, learning everything from fundamentals to extended techniques, all based around a piece compossed especially for us this weekend as a comfort to missing Higham halls weekend workshop. Wonderful workshops! we can't wait for her return in January. 


Free to members - open to donations 

SUN 8TH NOV  - Tutor Led Rehearsal for the Christmas Party

2020                              by Mary Dunsford, on Zoom.  


A festive morning of working through our Christmas party pieces, wonderfully guided by Mary. We worked on 'Seal Lullaby' 'Carol of the Bells' 'Walking in the Air' and a revision of the epic 'Pachelbel's Cannon'. 



Free to members - open to donations 

SUN 18th OCT  - Tutor Led Workshop - "Session Tunes"

2020                              by Susan Lambert, Zoom.  


 A relaxed Sunday morning learing and playing session tunes together. Playing along with slow and fast recordings of tunes from our collection (available for free on our webite Session Tunes page) With focus on how to and memorise the melodies and approach creating your own accompaniment from the chord symbols. 


Free to members - open to donations. 

SAT 3rd OCT  - Online Coffee Morning Playing Session

2020                              For Macmillan Cancer Support  



A nice and relaxed morning with 22 people taking part! We played 5 pieces, each led by different members of the group, had a good natter with a good excuse to have cake for breakfast! Raising over £300 in the process. 


Free to members 

SAT 26th SEP  -  Harping Across the Border 

2020                                                   


Saturday morning members of Harps North West and Dumfries Branch of the Clarsach Society got together on zoom to play together. Wendy Stuart guided us through the beautiful tune Lord Galway's Lamentation, Now the Green Blade Riseth and the funky Snademill Summertime Swing. Whilst Mary guided us through a theme and variation on Hela'r Sqyfarnog, the sailors hornpipe and a fantastic experimental piece specifically composed for playing together on Zoom. The piece was a pattern of notes that fit together with the delay of zoom to create an amazing ripple of sound and for the first time in months we could play together!! A very fun session and lovely to see our friends over the border. 

SUN 13th SEP  -  Christmas Tunes Rehearsal Session

2020                                                   and AGM 


Our first Face to face session with 6 attendees and a live link to 11 more members via zoom, joining in from home. 



Free to members 

SAT 22nd  AUG - Online Workshop with Lauren Scott

2020                              Beatles 'Across the Universe' 



 

Lauren will guide us through a wonderful Beatles songs she has arranged for lever harp. Free to members but remember to sign up to save a space. 


Free to members 

SAT 15TH AUG - Committee Meeting

2020 


If you have any issues you would like us to raise at the committee meeting please feel free to get in touch. 


SAT 25 JULY - Lockdown Arrangements 

2020 


Online Playing Session

Led by different members of HNW sharing their own arrangements from this time in lockdown, including "Somewhere over the rainbow" and "We'll Meet Again" 

SAT 27 JUNE -  HNW First online workshop

2020


Guest Tutor Lauren Scott - 'Harps Across the North' project. 'Freshwater Tears' 


From the comfort of our own homes, 34 of us attended Lauren's workshop where she expertly guided us through her ensemble project. It was a morning of learning new techniques and playing Lauren's stunning 'Freshwater Tears' together. The piece is based on the Rain Stone Poem by Simon Armetage  

FRI 19TH JUNE - Online Premiere of Harps For Harmony, 

2020


Lauched on facebook at 7.00pm and youtube at 6.30pm, we revealed the first stage video of our harps for harmony project. All watching together from our own homes we saw 109 harpists playing the beautiful Pachelbel's Canon together.The video has been seen all over the world and has had over 80,000! views so far and still rising, it has also been shared by Classic fm online. Well done to everyone involved! 


SAT 14 MARCH - Absolute Beginner's Workshop 

2020


led by Mary Dunford, arrive 13.15 playing 13.30-16.30. No musical experience necessary! To book on to our next beginner's workshop contact Mandy on events@harpsnorthwest.org.uk 


SHAP MEMORIAL HALL, CA10 3NL 

SAT 14 MARCH - Harps 4 Harmony Rehearsal  

2020 


Tutor: Mary Dunsford, arr. 10 for 10.30 start until 12.30

Committee Meeting 13.30 - NB a new date & time.



SHAP MEMORIAL HALL, CA10 3NL 

SAT 18 JANUARY 2020 -  Workshop - how to play in a 'Session' 

BURTON IN KENDAL. 


Twelve of us had a lovely morning with Susan Lambert, learning how to play session tunes. Whether you want to join in a pub session but aren’t confident, or go to a session at e.g. Edinburgh festival, this was the session for you.

Susan concentrated on 2 well-known tunes, Mairi’s wedding and John Ryan’s Polka. The tunes were learnt first from memory and then with notes, and then Susan bombarded everyone (very nicely!) with lots of advice on what to do with the left hand. She ran through typical chord progressions and how to use them in any key. Everyone came away having learnt lots of new things, and hopefully gained the confidence to join in a session. Carol Coldwell

7 DECEMBER  Christmas Concert and Party 

GRIZEBECK VILLAGE HALL 


32 harpers all in a room! Congratulations to all involved, what a wonderful day we’ve had sharing music and merriment! You’re all amazing 🎵🎶🎵


 Thank you to everyone who came along and made it a success. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from HNW 🎶 🌲

Higham Hall Success! A weekend with the harp. 

15th-17th November. 



A wonderful weekend was had at Higham, learning the secrets of the Welsh harp tradition from Robin Huw Bowen and exploring the world of stunning Scottish music with Charlotte Petersen.

 


Next years dates: 13th -15th Nov 2020

email: admin@highamhall.com 

Absolute Beginner's Workshop 

Saturday 9th November - Led by Mary Dunsford. 


Nine enthusiastic absolute beginners made excellent progress and played some really good tunes by the end of the afternoon.

Thank you Mary for your guidance and inspiration. We welcome a number of new members and hope they love playing as much as we do!


The next Absolute Beginners workshop is 14th March 2020 at Shap Memorial Hall, 13:30 to 16:30. Cost £25. If you are interested contact Mandy on events@harpsnorthwest.org.uk


SUN 16 FEBRUARY 2020. Valentines Weekend Playing Session 

NEWBIGGIN HALL NR PENRITH


A morning session of playing together, we brought along our favourite tunes to play together, with an emphasis on our favourite love songs. The session also provided the perfect chance to play through Pachelbel's Cannon in preperation our for Harps for Harmony


Charity No. 1093441. Contact secretary@harpsnorthwest.org.uk

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