Month: July 2013

Homage to the harp 27th and 28th July

 Homage to the harp!

Press release from the National Botanic Garden of Wales:

A two-day homage to the harp takes place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.

The weekend-long celebration of the national instrument of Wales will feature talks, recitals and have-a-go, hands-on sessions for people of all abilities and all ages.

Organiser and harpist Shelley Fairplay said: ‘The weekend provides an excellent opportunity for people who have never played before to try the harp. There”s a workshop that includes demonstrations of pedal, celtic and lap harps and then a session where you can try your hand at playing a 17-string lap harp.’

The weekend features six workshops, a number of recitals by Shelley, a lecture and demonstration on the harp and its history, as well as a special trail of discovery for young “Harp Detective”s and a harp drawing competition.

Shelley will also be launching her brand new CD, entitled ‘The Cherished Harp’, which will be available for sale during the event. There is also a chance to win a 17-string lap harp, the prize in a competition running on Shelley”s Facebook page – visit

Event organiser David Hardy said: ‘Shelley is a regular performer at the Garden and very welcome sight – and sound.  She plays an alluring array of styles and genres, from classical through to show, film, jazz and pop.’

He added: ‘She has put together terrific two-day event which we hope to make a regular fixture in the Garden”s events calendar.’

There are two 45-minute workshops and one 15-minute “Tiny Hands-On” session (for children aged 2-6) per day. Anyone wanting to book a place on any of the workshops, should call 01558 667149. A place on the workshop is just £2 but booking will include Garden admission. There is a maximum of 30 places per workshop.

The 15-minute children”s session are free but booking will include Garden admission.

Normal Garden admission is £8.50 for adults (£7), £4.50 for children with a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children) priced at £21.

For more information, visit or email


Competition: Win a 17 String Lap Harp!

Competition: Win a 17 String Lap Harp!
Enter the Competition Here: or click the competition Tab on my Facebook Page

Good luck!

Try out some basic early tunes and techniques with this beautiful little knee harp! This can be used in a classroom setting, for music therapy or even just as an incredible ornament. For those of you already playing the harp this is a very portable little instrument for taking on holiday to keep your hand in on or for keeping beside your pedal harp at events ready for little children to try!

This is a 17 string/note diatonic instrument without levers so it is not suitable for beginners studying for exams or long term progression – but it is a great way to try out the instrument, technique and basic tunes! Whilst this is not a harp that will take you to the Albert Hall, it might just awaken the harpist within you!

2nd and 3rdprize: A copy of my new CD – releasing on the 27th of July 2013:

The Cherished Harp

Traditional tunes from around the British Isles

Arranged and Performed by harpist Shelley Fairplay


The draw will take place on the 28th July at the close of the National Botanic Garden of Wales “Homage to the Harp” Weekend.

Delivery of harp and CD”s covered to UK mainland only.