HarpOsphere at NBGW Harp Weekend 22nd / 23rd July 2017

The next performance of ‘HarpOsphere” will take place during the 6th National Botanic Garden of Wales Harp Weekend on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017!

Come and join us for a celebration of the National instrument of Wales at the 6th Annual Family Harp Weekend at the National Botanic Garden of Wales! 

10:00am to 4.30pm Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July 2017

Over the weekend Shelley will be teaching workshops, performing, facilitating harp related childrens’ activities and leading ensemble performances for visitors enjoy. You can hear Shelley Fairplay perform her concert “HarpOsphere”, you can try the harp for the first time at a “Hands on Harps” workshop, bring your little children to a “Tiny Hands on Harps” session, listen harp ensembles including “Dynamic Harps”, “Wales Clarsach Society”, “Harping On” and “Start Harp” students. Children can become a “Harp Detective” in a trail around the Great Glass House and enter our “Draw the Harp in the Flowers” competition to win prizes!

If you already play the harp, wonderful!

Brand new this year is the “NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble”, where you can come and play in this magical setting amongst the flowers! If you have just started playing, played for years or simply own a harp and want to hang out with harpists then bring your instrument along to play in an open harp rehearsal in the morning and then perform in the afternoon. Music will be given out on the day to suite all levels, reading or not reading music. If you are thinking of attending the NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble then please click >>HERE<< to register your interest with Shelley and receive the information that you will need to enable you to take part! 

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

Does this harp weekend awaken your inner harpist?! If so 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. At the harp weekend you will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a FREE space on one of Shelley’s START HARP courses (a prize worth £295!) which will be pulled out of a ‘hat’ at the end of the weekend and announced on Facebook on the 24th July 2017. All  you need to do is fill out an entry slip with your name and contact details at the information desk in the Great Glass House.

Runtime of events on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2016:

10.00am – 4.00pm  Harp Weekend Information/Booking Desk Open

10.00am – 4.00pm – Harp Detective Trail

10.00am – 4.00pm – “Draw the Harps in the Flowers” competition

10.30 am – 12.00pm  NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble Open Rehearsal

12.15pm -12.30pm – Tiny Hands on Harps Workshop – Parent and child workshop

12.30pm – 1.15pm– Hands on Harps Workshop – Come and try the harp for the first time!

1.30pm – 2.15pm Harp Ensemble Performances – including NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble

2.30pm – 3.15pm HarpOsphere Concert – Shelley Fairplay

3.15pm – 3.30pm Tiny Hands on Harps Workshop – Parent and child workshop

3.30pm – 4.15pm Hands on Harps Workshop – Come and try the harp for the first time

All events are FREE once you have entered the Garden, 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:

10.00am – 4.00pm  Harp Weekend Information/Booking Desk Open

Come along to the Harp Weekend Information 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.

“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 Information Desk in the Great Glass House. Successful harp detectives may return to the Information Desk to receive a pencil and 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 24th 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!

10.30 am – 12.00pm  NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble Open Rehearsal (90 mins)

If you already play the harp, wonderful! Brand new this year is the “NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble”, where you can come and play in this magical setting amid the flowers! If you have just started playing, played for years or simply own a harp and want to hang out with harpists then bring your instrument along to play in an open harp rehearsal in the morning and then perform in the afternoon. Music will be given out on the day to suite all levels, reading or not reading music. If you are thinking of attending the NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble then please click >>HERE<< to register your interest with Shelley and receive the information that you will need to enable you to take part!

 12.15pm “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 Information Desk or your space can be booked in advance by clicking >>HERE<<.

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

12.30pm – 1.15pm– Hands on Harps Workshop – Come and try the harp for the first time(45mins)

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

Workshops 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 Information Desk or your space can be booked in advance by clicking >>HERE<<.

1.30pm – 2.15pm Harp Ensemble Performances – including NBGW Flash Mob Harp Ensemble

Come and enjoy hearing harp ensembles perform including The Clarsach Society Wales Branch Dynamic Harps Student ensemble, Dynamic Harps Adult Ensemble, Harping on and START HARP students perform. Music from so many genres including Celtic, Paraguayan, Pop, Classical and even a brand new StarWars suite for harp will be performed over the weekend.  

2.30pm Harp Concert “HarpOsphere” with Shelley Fairplay

Shelley Fairplay presents “HarpOsphere”

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

What is the HarpOsphere?

The great mathematician 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. 

 “Just in case you thought harp concerts meant expensive tickets, plush velvet seats, stuffed shirts and glares if you cough at the wrong moment, here’s the wonderfully talented Shelley Fairplay (successfully inviting some audience participation). Balloons, birds and lots of spiky plants, what could possibly go wrong!” Alastair 

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

3.15pm “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 Information Desk or your space can be booked in advance by clicking >>HERE<<.

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

3.30pm “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

Workshops 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.

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 your space can be booked in advance by clicking >>HERE<<.

Does this harp weekend awaken your inner harpist I wonder?! If so 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. At the harp weekend you will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a FREE space on one of Shelley’s START HARP courses (a prize worth £295!) which will be pulled out of a ‘hat’ at the end of the weekend and announced on Facebook. All  you need to do is fill out an entry slip with your name and contact details at the “Harping On” sign up desk in the Great Glass House!

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

The Cherished Harp and The Three Strands, these are both also available to order via Amazon via this link >>HERE<<.

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

The next performance will take place at the 6th Family Harp Weekend at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on the 22nd/23rd July 2017

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. 

Shelley’s concert, just ELECTRIC!” Ani

Audience spellbound from start to finish. Helen