Archive for February, 2013

Try the harp workshops!

Posted in News on February 20th, 2013 by shelley – Comments Off

In honour of St David’s day there are a number of ‘hands on harps’ sessions coming up over the next few weeks – these workshops are aimed at compleate novices of all ages!


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


1st March 2013 - National Botanic Garden of Wales

12.30pm and 1.15pm (times to be confirmed) please visit for futher information. There is also a Clera workshop taking place on the day, information via

2nd March 2013 - Dyffryn Gardens National Trust

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Please visit the follwing link for further information:

3rd March 2013- Dyffryn Gardens National Trust

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Please visit the follwing link for further information:

I look forward to seeing you there!

With all best wishes,


Forthcoming Events – Spring 2013

Posted in News on February 3rd, 2013 by shelley – Comments Off

2013 is looking like and exciting and busy year! Very much feeling like a modern day minstrel I am looking forward to the next few months – such a huge variety of harp related events are coming up!

So taking a glance at February to April I can look forward to being a harpist for many beautiful weddings at venues in and around Cardiff including Pencoed house, Coed yr Mwster, Castell Coch, St David’s Hotel, Miskin Manor and Cardiff Castle. Further afield I will be providing harp music in Buckland Hall, Brecon and Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool.

Concerts include a St Davids Day Concert in Cradely – 2nd of March, a lunchtime recital on the 12th of April (tickets via, and as an orchestral harpist in Rogers and Hammerstein Concert 14th April and The Movies and Musical Concert 20th April both at

Harp in the Great Glasshouse

I will also be providing harp music as a backdrop to the beautiful surrounds of the National Botanic Garden of Wales on the 1st (Sr David’s day) and 10th March (Mothering Sunday) –

In Febuary I am really looking forward returning to Guernsey to provide 30 concerts for the Healing Music Trust/Music in Hospitals – thank you for inviting me back!

Always wanted to try the harp?! If you would like to learn the harp why not join me for a ‘Hands on Harps’ taster workshop, open sessions will be provided on the 1st of March at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and on the 2nd and 3rd of March for the National Trust, Dyffryn Gardens. 15 beautiful lap harps will be provided along with basic technique so you can try out the instrument and even play a tune! The other hands on harp sessions I am looking forward to teaching and being the harpist for are all school based – for further information please visit

Other events include charity evenings, harp teaching, recording studio sessions and of course visiting the amazing Edinburgh Harp Festival ( and the International harp festival at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (

So… A busy and happy harpist.

 I hope to play for you somewhere, sometime, soon!

All best wishes,

Shelley Fairplay – Harpist
Tel: 07960 718663

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