Harp Weekend will take the place of Harp Retreat in 2021. As a result of a tumultuous 2020, bookings at our usual venue for Harp Retreat were difficult to obtain, and fitting it in with our fantastic harp tutor made things doubly tricky....and.... we needed Harp Retreat to take place in summer... these things didn’t add up, so our annual weekend has been reinvented to look like a combination of Harpenz (harp ensemble weekend) and Harp Retreat and takes place over Anzac weekend 24-26 April 2021, at Sunderland College, Auckland.
Our guest tutor is the lovely Carolyn Mills (NZSO, Wellington, http://www.carolynmillsharp.com).
Carolyn recently was the guest speaker in
the first Zoom Room Chat and gave us some great tips for reducing tension in our arms as we are playing as well as telling us her harp journey as she is training as a therapeutic musician. This study is enabling her to work with people in times of need and in
vulnerable situations such as medical care facilities, using music as a holistic healing modality.
Harp Weekend will look something like this:
Starting on Saturday morning at 9.30 with tuning up and catching up with our harp friends.... Then we will have two sessions – one as a full harp orchestra, starting with a technique session with Carolyn, then playing harp ensemble music together. After a quick break we will move into separate rooms for more ensemble work at our different levels. During this session, Carolyn will work with one group on technique and well- being with the harp, and across the weekend will work with each group.
Then we break for lunch (our tradition with Harpenz has always been Sushi or Subway ... and this will continue) and in the afternoon our workshops are reversed – level groups and then full ensemble, ending with all harps in the main room. This is the same for Sunday, and Monday morning, ending with a concert for friends and family in the afternoon before departing.
If you are coming from out of town, we will endeavour to find you accommodation with another harpist, and if you are flying into join us for Harp Weekend, we will find you a lever harp to borrow for the weekend.
Music will be sent out to you on registration – our harp ensemble pieces are a new suite we have commissioned from Scottish harpist Esther Swift, and ensemble music at each level written and arranged by Carolyn Mills, Anna Dunwoodie, and a few surprise composers – all new music we will be premiering!
Look out for more details around registration early in 2021! -Anna Dunwoodie & Carolyn Mills
Keep an eye out on Anna's website for more details: https://www.annadunwoodie.co.nz/