2nd / 3rd July 2016 – National Botanic Garden of Wales Family Harp Weekend

Join the 5th Annual Family Harp Weekend at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

10:30am to 5.00pm July 2nd & 3rd.

Hear DOUBLE BILLING harp concert with Shelley Fairplay’s “HarpOsphere” and Wales’ foremost Triple Harpist Robin Huw Bowen, try the harp for the first time at a “Hands on Harps” workshop, bring little children to a “Tiny Hands on Harps” session, attend an open harp rehearsal of the “Telynor Cymru 2016 Project” and then attend a performance, listen to the Cardiff-based harp ensemble “Dynamic Harps” perform, become a “Harp Detective” and enter our “Draw the Harp in the Flowers” competition.

 All events are FREE once you have entered the gardens. For information on the National Botanic Garden of Wales admission times and prices visit their website by clicking this link: NBGW

Runtime of events on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016:

10.30am        ”Harp-On” Information Desk Opens in Great Glass House

10.45am        ”Telynor Cymru 2016″ Open Rehearsal  - Want to take part? >>CLICK HERE<<

12.00pm       “Hands on Harps” – Come and try the harp for the first time! 

12.45pm       “Tiny Hands on harps” – Come and try the harp for the first time! 

1.15pm          ”Dynamic Harps” and friends harp ensemble concert

                        including  ”Telynor Cymru 2016″ project music 

2.30pm        DOUBLE BILLING Harp Concert:

                        “HarpOsphere” with harpist Shelley Fairplay

                        Performance by Wales’ foremost Triple Harpist Robin Huw Bowen

4.00pm       “Tiny Hands on harps” – Come and try the harp for the first time! (note time change)

4.15pm        ”Hands on Harps” – Come and try the harp for the first time! 

All Day        ”Harp detectives trail”

All Day        ”Draw harps in the flowers” 

All events are FREE once you have entered the gardens, for information on the National Botanic Garden of Wales admission times and prices please visit their website by clicking this link: NBGW

Full details of Events:

10.30 – 4.30pm “Harp-On” Desk – Great Glass House

Come along to the “Harp-On” desk to find out more about the harp weekend!

Here you can book your workshop space, pick up your “Harp Detective Trail” sheet, to enter the ‘Draw the harps in the flowers Competition’ and to ask any questions you might have regarding the weekends events!

This stand will be run by wonderful volunteers, friends and performers of Dynamic Harps and the wonderful volunteers of NBGW.

 

 

 

10.45am        ”Telynor Cymru 2016″ Open Rehearsal (60 minutes)

Come along to listen to all or part of this 1 hour Open Rehearsal lead by Robin Huw Bowen. This session aims to welcome and bring together all harpists who have been taking part in the The Telynor Cymru 2016 project, so please come along if you have been involved! Harpists, information on how to get involved is available by >>CLICKING HERE<<.

The project celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Roberts ‘Telynor Cymru’ (1816-1894), the famous Welsh Gypsy harpist, and one of the most important figures of our folk tradition.  Through this project, Clera (Cymdeithas Offerynnau Traddodiadol Cymru – The Society for the Traditional Instruments of Wales) has been offering a programme of workshops to teach harpists all over Wales to play in the style of the Welsh Gypsy harpists, a style passed down to us directly from John Roberts himself through several generations of his family.

 

12.00pm “Hands on Harps” Workshop (45 minutes)

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. Maximum of 30 people per session, adults and children aged 7 up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

A place on the workshop is free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance by emailing your name, telephone number and number of participants to Shelley Fairplay on info@harpwales.com

12.45pm “Tiny Hands on Harps”: Parent and Child session (15 minutes)

Try the lap harps together and enjoy much loved nursery rhymes and stories! This workshops is aimed at children 3-6 with one to one parental support in the session.

The 15-minute children’s session are free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance by emailing your name, telephone number and number of participants to Shelley Fairplay on info@harpwales.com.

All children must be accompanied by an adult sitting alongside them during this event.

 

1.30pm Harp Ensemble Music Performed by “Dynamic Harps” and Friends!  (45 minutes) 

Come and enjoy hearing harp ensemble Dynamic Harps perform, back fresh from their participation at the International Harpes Au Max Festival in France. Launched in 2013 the ensembles meet regularly for ensemble workshops on Monday nights in Cardiff with Harpist Shelley Fairplay.There are two groups, one for children and one for adults and we will perform a selection of our favorite tunes over the weekend! This is an open event so come along and have a listen!

Dynamic Harps are thrilled to be joined by harpist friends from across Wales to share with you music from the Telynor Cymru 2016 project lead by Robin Huw Bowen. The project celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Roberts ‘Telynor Cymru’ (1816-1894), the famous Welsh Gypsy harpist, and one of the most important figures of our folk tradition.

2.30pm Harp Concert DOUBLE BILLING “HarpOsphere” meets Welsh National Treasure! 

Shelley Fairplay presents “HarpOsphere”

Following her 2015/16 concert series The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy Shelley Fairplay is back with her brand new concert HarpOsphere.

What is the HarpOsphere?

Pythagoras proposed the intriguing idea that the Stars, Moon and Planets emit their own unique musical tones, he called it the Music of the Spheres. What if you could hear that? What if you could hear the shape of a sphere, the sound of our planets, the number Pi of as a melody, the circle of life in music? Shelley explores these fascinating notions in her performance on the Concert Pedal Harp and Electric Lever Harp.

Come and join Shelley in the HarpOsphere where you will hear music ranging from our Celtic roots right through to music from the 21st Century. The cycle of the seasons are celebrated withVivaldi, the musical loop is honored in Ravel’s Bolero, the Planets become audible with Holst, and we pay homage to our Moon with Fly me to the MoonMoon River and Moon dance.

Shelley’s concert, just ELECTRIC!” Ani

Audience spellbound from start to finish. Helen 

For further information regarding Shelley please visit: www.harpwales.com

Robin Huw Bowen, Wales’ foremost Triple Harpist performs at NBGW

Since 1983, Robin Huw Bowen has introduced the Welsh Triple Harp and its music to thousands all over the world. As
the only full-time professional Welsh harpist specializing solely in the Welsh Triple Harp, his influence on the world of Welsh folk music and harping has been far-reaching. He undoubtedly ranks among the most important figures that the Welsh folk tradition has produced.

“… Robin has got to be one of the top performers, giving the Welsh Triple Harp the airing it so rightly deserves, and his show on this night was one of the best I’ve ever seen or heard.” (Living Tradition)

 

 

4.00pm “Tiny Hands on Harps”: Parent and Child session (15 minutes)

Try the lap harps together and enjoy much loved nursery rhymes and stories! This workshops is aimed at children 3-6 with one to one parental support in the session.

The 15-minute children’s session are free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance by emailing your name, telephone number and number of participants to Shelley Fairplay on info@harpwales.com.

All children must be accompanied by an adult sitting alongside them during this event.

 

 

4.15pm “Hands on Harps” Workshop (45 minutes)

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. Maximum of 30 people per session, adults and children aged 7 up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

A place on the workshop is free once you have paid for your admission in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Tickets will available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance by emailing your name, telephone number and number of participants to Shelley Fairplay on info@harpwales.com

“Harp Detectives Trail” – All Day Event

Harp Detectives – take part in an exciting trail of discovery! This activity is designed for children to explore and discover for themselves interesting information related to the harp whilst journeying around the beautiful Great Glass House. Collect your trail sheet from the Harp On desk in the Great Glass House. Successful harp detectives may return to the Harp On desk to receive a sticker as recognition of their resourceful exploring!

 

 

 

 

“Draw harps in the flowers” – All Day Event

Competition open for Children 16 and under. Enjoy drawing a beautiful instrument in a beautiful setting! Pencils and paper will be available on the day! All entries will receive a harp pencil for taking part and at the end of the weekend a rosette for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded and winners will be sent this along with their prize of a ‘harp model construction kit’.

The winners will be announced on the 4th of July via Facebook and will have their drawings posted on the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Harpist Shelley Fairplay;s Facebook Page. Prizes would be posted out after the weekend. So make sure your name, addresses and telephone number is on the back of each picture!

 

Has this weekend awoken your inner wannabe harpist?! Why not join Shelley Fairplay’s brand new online START HARP class where you can learn to play the harp from the very beginning using lap, lever or pedal harp. Need a harp? Shelley will be happy to help you find one, just email her on info@harpwales.com 

Over the weekend Shelley’s two CD’s will be available to buy from the National Botanic Garden of Wales:

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