Calendar

 Events Calendar 2021 

SAT 23RD OCT 

2021 

Full Day

Harps for Harmony - Live recording of Pachelbel's Canon.

Musical Director: Mary Dunsford 

Recording Manager: Jon Borgia. 

Live Event

St Bees Priory, Cumbria 

Full Day. 

SUN 31st OCT

2021 

10.00 - 12.00 

Online - Jazz & Blues on the Harp Workshop

Tutor: Tamsin Dearnley

All playing levels welcome. 


Zoom Event 

£10 - For session or access to recording. 

FRI 12th - 14th NOV 

2021 

Higham Hall (2) - Rescheduled date. 

A residential weekend with the harp. Tutors Ailie Robertson & Wendy Stewart. Go to www.highamhall.com for more details.

Open to all.  

Higham Hall, CA13 9SH


SAT 20th NOV

2021 

10.00 FOR 10.30 Start 

- 12,30 

Christmas Party Rehearsal - Led by Mary Dunsford 

Live event. A second practise session for our Chrismtas Pary Pieces. - Please bring your own refreshments. 

Live Event 

Orton Market Hall

CA10 3RU 

SAT 20th NOV

2021 

Arr. 13.15, playing from 13.30-16.00

Absolute Beginner's Session - Mary Dunsford 

Another chance to have a go at playing the harp, no musical experience needed. Sign up and come and have a go on these wonderful instruments. 

Live Event 

Orton Market Hall

CA10 3RU 

SAT 11th DEC 

2021 

Arr.10 for 10,30 - 16.00

HNW Christmas Party - Live Event

Always a highlight in the HNW calendar, we will habe a rehearsal of the pieces in the morning, a festive lunch (Possibly a bring your own, in these covid times) and a concert for family & friends in the afternoon.  

Live Event 

Braithwaite Institute 

CA12 5RY 

SUN 19th DEC 

2021 

Time tbc

Online Session - Christmas Carol Play Along 

2021 

Led by Susan Lambert. If you would like to offer to lead a carol just let us know. Our Christmas Carol Booklet will be sent out in advance to all members. 

Zoom Event 

Donations Welcomed 

JAN 1st - 31st 

2022 


JaNEWary Challenge 2022

Mary introduces us to exciting new tunes in bite-size portions each day, with plenty of hints on technique. A great way to learn. 

Open to all. 

Videos published online (youtube, facebook, website) each day. 

FRI 29th - 31st JULY 

2022 


HNW Festival 2022 - Ambleside

Tutors - Mary Dunsford, Jean Altshuler - More tutors to be announced soon. Harp servicing and repair by Teifi. Exhibitions of sheet music and harps. Alexander Technque and Positive Posture sessions. 

Open to all. Booking will be available soon, in the mean time you can You can register your interest with us at events@harpsnorthwest.org.uk

FRI 11th - 13th NOV

2022 


Higham Hall - A Weekend with the Harp 

Tutors - Shelley Fairplay & Rachel Newton 

Open to all. 

go to www.highamhall.com got more info and booking. 

SAT 19th - 21st AUG 

2023


Higham Hall - A Summer Break with the Harp

tutors tbc 

Open to all. 

go to www.highamhall.com got more info and booking. 

FUTURE EVENTS, DATES TO BE CONFIRMED. 



2022

Workshop - Kulning, Swedish Cattle Songs, Tutor with tutor Mary Dunsford.



2022


Cumbrian Tunes Workshop with Jean Altshuler 


2022


Full day tutor led workshop with Rachel Gladwin 


2022


Composer in Residence Workshop - Lauren Scott 

Freshwater Tears, Black Sheet & Beatles 


Past Events Diary 


TUES 21ST SEP & TUES 12TH OCT  

2021

8.30-9.30pm


Harps for Harmony Rehearsals - Pachelbel's Canon

Tutor - Mary Dunsford. 

"Get up to speed and in the zone"  

Two one-hour rehearsals for all playing abilities. Members are welcome to come along to either or both. 

SUN 10TH OCT  

2021

15.00-17.00


MacMillan 'Coffee Morning' Play along Session

Play along to your favourite tunes and make a donation to MacMillan Cancer Care. Target is to raise £300 as we did last year. Please let Gill know if you would like to lead a piece. 

SAT 11TH SEPT

2021

10.30-12.30

arr. for tuning at 10am.

Preparation for the HNW Christmas Party - LIVE 

It's that time of year again! Join us for a rehearsal led by Mary Dunsford. We will be rehearsing pieces selected from this years' events to play at the Christmas Party. We hope to record this session. 

9TH - 11TH AUG -  Higham Hall - Rescheduled date - LIVE 

A residential weekend with the harp. Tutors Jan Bennett & Mary Dunsford.





SUN 18TH JULY - Composer in Residence Lauren Scott 

 2021                                     presents 'Beatles Medley'






SAT 19th JUNE  -  Composition Competition Winners  

 2021                                         Announced! 



Sun 11TH July - Composition Pieces Play along Session 

2021                   

   

SAT 22ND MAY  -               Guest Tutor Lucy Nolan.        

 2021                                O Mio Babbino Caro, Puccini  

                       

Lucy brought us a fantastic workshop focusing on her multileveled arrangment of this classic Aria. She warmed us up nicely with some mind bending exercises that really got us thinking and trying out new techniques, and made this beautiful piece of music accessible to all of us. 

   

SAT 8TH MAY - Play Along Session - Favourite Classics 

 2021                                   


In a session led by Susan Lambert, we played a selection of popular classics including:

Brahms' Lullaby, Pucinni's La Musetta's Waltz, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade. 


We had a treat playing Mary Dunsford's Classical ensemble arrangements, made all the more fun with her fabulous multitracked videos, so we could play along and hear all the parts together! As well as a play through Shelley Fairplay's beautiful arrangemnt of Beethoven's 'Shepherd's Prayer'



SUN 28TH March - Composer in Residence Lauren Scott 

 2021                                     presents 'Black Sheep' 



In the first installment of this years Composer in Residence project Lauren presented 'Black Sheep' a fantastically fun piece to play, inspired by the resurgance of the sea shanty and the force to be reckoned with Jackie Weaver. 


Find out more about the project and hear the piece here.  

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SAT 20TH March - JaNEWary Live Playalong - Zoom

2021


A great afternoon revisiting the music of the last 6 challenges, led by Mary Dunsofrd and a guest apprearance from one of the composers Eira Lynn Jones. Each piece played at 2 speeds to give us a chance to join in or just sit back and listen. You can find out more about our music learning challenges here

SUN 14th March - St Patrick's Day Irish Tunes Playalong 

2021 


32 members from far and wide joined us on Zoom for an afternoon of Irish tunes led by Susan Lambert. Dressed in green we played our way through some Irish classics including Molly Malone, Londonderry Air, Salley Gardens and a few O'Carolan arrangements. 

SUN 7th MAR - Composition workshop (2) 

2021 


A relaxed look at ways of getting creative with our harps, using the skill set we already have. 


We worked on finding inspritation for our melodies, harmonies and techniques and looked at how to start fitting them together. 

SUN 21st FEB  -   Rachel Newton "First Hint of Spring" 

2021                       


The wonderful harpist and singer Rachel Newton guided us through a beautiful tune composed for our workshop called "The First Hint of Spring" first we studied the melody, working on placing and rhythms, then looked at ways to embelish with grace notes and cuts. We then looked at the accompaniment and by the end of morning had a gorgeous new tune under our fingers.  


Open to all members - donations welcome.  

SUN 14TH FEB -   Valentines Day Play Along Session. 

2021                       


A romanitically relaxed morning playing together over zoom. With different members of HNW leading their favourite romantic pieces. 



SUN 31ST JAN  -   Composition - where to start? Workshop. 

2021                       


With the aim of inspiring us all to have a go at getting creative with our own music, this workshop focused on where to draw inspration, ideas of how to practise compossing, and a brush up on the musical theory blocks we need to help get those ideas from inside our heads onto our harps. 


Free and open to all members - open to donations. 

SAT 16TH JAN -   Shelley Fairplay "You can do it!" 

2021                       


Kicking off our 2021 workshop series, Shelley brought us a fantastic workshop on how to play ANYTHING! With her contagious enthusiasm and energy she showed us how to break down even the most complicated of music into manageble exercises and patterns. 


Free and open to all members - open to donations. 

SUN 20TH DEC -   Christmas Carol & Song playing Session

2020                         


A festive morning of Christmas carols and songs on Zoom, hosted by Susan Lambert.With christmas cake and mulled wine in hand, we had a good catch up and playing session, playing our way through the Chrismtas Carols booklet. 


Free and open to all members 

SAT 5TH DEC            HNW Virtual Christmas Party! 

2020                                            


What a fantastic festive afternoon with Master of Ceremonies Mary Dunsford. 43 of us got togther to celebrate with Chrismtas play alongs, recorded performances and videos from HNW members, fancy dress competitions, best decorated harp competitions and a quiz. 


Free and open to all members 

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 


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


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!