Month: January 2015

Swansea Waterfront Museum 25th January 2015 – Come and celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day with Harps!

Shelley Fairplay Harpist

On the 25th of January 2015 I will be holding a hands-on-harps workshop at the museum at 11am (completely FREE so please come along early to book your space!).

We will also hear over 15 harpists perform together as the two harp ensembles Adult and Student Dynamic Harps join forces and present a 40 minute concert at 2.15pm.

I will also be providing a back drop of romantic tunes (and a few other favourites!) to celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day – the Welsh Patron Saint of Love and friendship, both at 1pm and 3pm on the day. Please see below the details provided by Swansea Waterfront Museum.

There is free entry to the museum and I believe the local parking is free on Sunday’s so why not come along for a lovely day out! To plan your visit follow this link to the Swansea Waterfront Museum website.
Heavenly Harps

25 January 2015 , 1 – 4pm

Listen to the melodic sound of Shelley Fairplay as her beautiful harp music floats around the main hall.

Plus, a performance from new Cardiff based student ensemble Dynamic Harps.

A perfect way to relax and enjoy the National Instrument of Wales and celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day – the Welsh Patron Saint of Love and friendship.

25 January 2015 , 12 pm

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

This lovely Santes Dwynwen Day 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.

Places limited, book on arrival.

Dynamic Harps Concert for Cardiff Foodbank

On the 6th of December 2014 the Over 30 musicians gathered together in Radyr to celebrate “A HARPy Christmas Concert”.  Under the direction of Harpist Shelley Fairplay the concert included performances by the two Radyr based harp groups ‘Dynamic Harps’, harp solos from primary and secondary school children from South Wales and songs from the Canu O’r Galon quartet with vocalist Deborah Morgan Lewis. The event was in aid of Cardiff Foodbank and the students raised over £200 for the charity and a substantial food collection was taken to the Foodbank following the event.

In September 2014 Radyr resident Shelley launched two new harp ensembles Dynamic Harps who meet weekly to rehearse at the Radyr Methodist Church. They have now enjoyed 4 wonderful terms together playing music from a vast array of genres, rehearsing and working together on ensemble and general harp playing skills. Many of the songs the ensembles learn come directly as requests from group members and are then arranged specially for the group.

The next performances for Dynamic Harps take place on the 25th of January at the Swansea National Waterfront museum and then on the 7th of February at Cardiff Metropolitan University as part of the Camac Harp Weekend”s Saturday night harp concert: The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy. On the 13th/14th of June they are very excited to be returning to perform at the National Botanic Garden of Wales “Hand-on-harps” weekend!

Dynamic Harps meet on Monday”s and Tuesday”s during term time. For further details on the harp ensembles next performances please visit For those who have never played the harp before various hands-on-harps events take place regularly, including Shelley”s With events such as this everyone can have their chance to try the truly incredible National Instrument of Wales!

The musicians involved in the December performance would like to thank the audience members for their attendance and support, with special recognition to Huw James for arranging the Methodist Church Hall Hire, Helen Nolan from Cardiff Foobank for coming and addressing the performers on the night and finally to Bob Pearce from Radyr Chain for supporting the group and this article!

Become a Harpist for a Day – 7th February 2015!

Become a harpist for a day!

 The Harp is the National Instrument of Wales yet many people living in Wales have never even touched one!  On the 7th of February I will change that for twelve adventurous first time harp students on a momentous one-day learning journey, from plucking their very first note in the morning right through to performing in the evening as part of my new concert ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’.

Participants in the “Harpist for a Day” experience will:

Learn the basics of harp playing in a “Hands on Harps” Workshop exclusively for the 12 participants.

Attend an “Open Rehearsal” with Dynamic Harps Ensemble (

Rehearse in a “1st Performance Rehearsal” with their own harpist-mentor.

Perform in my evening concert “Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy Concert” alongside their personal harpist-mentor.

Celebrate their experience of having been “A Harpist for a day”!

I created ‘Harpist for a Day’ because I believe everyone should get to have an experience like this – especially in Wales, where harp is the national instrument.  I structured it so that even if you’ve never played a harp before and have no previous experience of music reading or performing, you can truly participate and have the full experience of learning, rehearsing and performing along with an ensemble – so it’s not just a learning experience but a wonderful day of fun and harp-playing together!

Anyone that has always secretly wanted to try the harp can book a place to become “A Harpist for a Day!” for £40 on Saturday 7 February 2015 as part of the Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend at Cardiff Metropolitan University. For further information and details visit The Camac harp weekend taking place on the 7th/8th of February also includes workshops, demonstrations, master-classes and a live webinar with Deborah Henson-Conant, a Grammy-nominated composer, performer and the world’s leading electric harpist.