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  • 31 May 2021 7:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the Harp Fest NZ in sight... Feb 3-6 2023, we're going to be having a lot of touring harpists around NZ both before and after the festival. We'd love to hear your suggestions of venues that work really well for concerts - particularly if you have a foot in the door and can introduce us to the host - it makes the whole process much quicker for booking gigs for international harpists.

    We'll be trying to match up venues with traditional harpists, classical harpists, jazz harpists, and several harpists over the 6 weeks around the festival, so a variety of venues is helpful.

    If you can also accommodate a travelling harpist while they perform in your area please also let me know - we don't want them having to spend their performance $$ on accommodation if they can meet a local harpist and maybe exchange some harp knowledge for a bed!

    Please let Anna ( know if you have offers of help or ideas!

  • 11 Apr 2021 5:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Harp in the news, with committee member Maria Te Rangimāria Oxnam:

  • 25 Jan 2021 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Harp Weekend April 24-26,

    Sunderland College, Henderson, Auckland

    Currently we are taking expressions of interest (you can express your interest here; ) for an intensive weekend of harp music with a focus on harp technique with Carolyn Mills and ensemble skills.  More details for anyone who hasn't been before

    It's twenty years since the first Harp Weekend - we had 16 attendees, and our venue was a set of classrooms at Mt Roskill Grammar School. Not much has changed - plenty of music, good company and biscuits!

    This weekend of workshops is for all ages and stages of harping, and we can arrange harps to borrow, and even accommodation with other harpists if you give plenty of notice of your intention to attend.

    Any questions?? please contact Anna 

  • 25 Jan 2021 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NZ Harp Holiday Performance Competition Winners

    A huge thanks to those who entered the Holiday Music Competition!

    For this competition we opened the voting up to the members of the Harp Society, who chose their favourite four performances across the whole group.

    And the winners are………

    Glenys George (In the Bleak Midwinter)

    Aleesha Kiing (Feliz Navidad)

    Olya Ostasheva (To Drive the Cold Winter Away)

    Juno Ruddenklau (Silent Night)

    A big thanks and congratulations to all who entered the competition - the performances are really lovely, and show great talent and variety. The videos can still be seen on the NZ Harp Performance Competition Youtube Channel, along with all the previous competition entries.

  • 02 Oct 2020 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Celebrate #HarpDay2020 with us!

    Pre-record a 3-4 minute video of yourself playing a tune and send it to

    See your video online at on Lá na Cruite, Harp Day, Saturday 17 October 2020.

     Video File format: MP4.

     Closing date: Sunday 4th October 2020.

    Fáilte roimh chách. Seinnigí linn.

    Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

    Arts Council Ireland

  • 30 Sep 2020 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Taranaki Women’s Refuge are currently organizing a live Art Auction fundraiser for November the 13th.

    They would simply love a harp player to perform during their art works viewing time from 6pm-7pm please.

    If you would like to chat about it feel free to flick Shona Smith a message, text or call 0220878600, or email

  • 09 Sep 2020 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Michele Velvin, member, composer and harpist has just finished uploading most of her old and her new music to her website. It's all instant PDF downloads and very easy.

    Here's the link to it below:

  • 13 Aug 2020 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A huge congratulations to all the entrants in the 2020 NZ Harp Performance Competition - the results are back from the Judges....

    The results are back from the Judges - Alexander Rider (UK), Rachel Hair (Scotland), Yi Jin (Auckland) and Tiffany Baker (Wellington).

    The winners are:

    Initial/Grade 1 winner.   Yuxuan Wang playing "Kumbaya"(Judged by Tiffany Baker) Kindly donated by Matariki Practice

    Grade 2/3 winner.     Aleesha Kiing - playing "Southwind/Innisheer" (Judged by Yi Jin) kindly donated by Rhiannon Swift

    Grade 4/5 winner.     Alison Wang playing "Waiting" (Judged by Rachel Hair) kindly donated by Derek Neutze

    Grade 6/7 winner.     Layla Sudol playing "Nataliana" (Judged by Alex Rider) Kindly donated by Carter Harps Australia

    Giving it the Jandal winner  - Ella Au playing "Greensleeves"   Kindly donated by Jac Field

    First Timers Winner.      Ben Thomas playing "Young Horse Reel"    Kindly donated by Maria Oxnam

    Fay Mills Award for Outstanding Achievement - to be announced.

    The YouTube playlist for the 2020 performances

    And the playlist for all the winners (since 2015)

    Lots of lovely, lovely harp music here.....



  • 26 May 2020 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you been thinking about joining in on the NZ Harp Performance Competition?  Registrations will open on 1 July 2020.  See for the details, and videos of prior winners!

  • 08 Apr 2020 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi friends! You might enjoy another streaming event this evening at 7.30, from the NZSO in our current lockdown mode :) 

    This one also features a harp solo, written by the Wellington composer Helen Fisher. And some wonderful performances by my lovely woodwind playing colleagues. 

    Hope that you are well and peaceful in these strange days. 

    Warm wishes 


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