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 www.facebook.com/harpistshelleyfairplay.

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 www.gardenofwales.org.uk or email info@gardenfowales.org.uk