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

     CALLING ALL HARPERS FAR AND WIDE

    Celebrate #HarpDay2020 with us!

    Pre-record a 3-4 minute video of yourself playing a tune and send it to info@harpireland.ie

    See your video online at www.harpireland.ie 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 relationships@taranakiwomensrefuge.co.nz.


  • 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:


    https://www.michellevelvin.com/shop.html


  • 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 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCmJzW7PGzHd0jOq05qyFRdvq522TJy4P

    And the playlist for all the winners (since 2015) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCmJzW7PGzHe6N5B-8MIF2TP2QCDura4V

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

    Enjoy!!!

    Anna


  • 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 https://www.annadunwoodie.co.nz/nz-harp-perf-comp.html 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 


    Carolyn 



    https://live.nzso.co.nz/


  • 07 Dec 2019 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have just been informed by Lyon & Healy that there will be a price increase on their harps on 1st Jan 2020.   Harps ordered prior to this will be at the current listed price rather than the new increased price.

  • 01 Oct 2019 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From their website:

    "Basically, we are going to do a series of concerts throughout New Zealand while we hike Te Araroa, with the idea being to walk to each concert. We’re currently in spread-sheeting heaven, investigating and drawing up a list of venues that are close to the hike. Mickey toured both islands back in 2016 with his band The Squeezebox Trio, so we've already got some great contacts. Through traveling and touring we have both found that the best times are when you tap into community; it’s a much more organic experience, music seems to give people license to open up and welcome a cultural exchange."  

    For gig information see https://www.mickeymichelle.com/gigs.html to see the list of where and when.  

    For other information see: https://www.mickeymichelle.com/

  • 15 Mar 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annemieke Harmonie (Bachelor of  Education, Dip of Teaching, Dip of Shiatsu) was born and raised in Holland. She has learnt the harp since she was nine. From a young age she was asked to perform for people in rest homes, Irish pubs, churches, in restaurants, schools etc.
    She graduated as a primary school teacher and then traveled the world with her backpack and her Celtic Harp.

    She attended Irish Summer schools to find out more about the Irish harp.
    She visited many different cultures and was inspired by their customs and arts and music. She performed worldwide in castles, palaces, monasteries, museums, at wineries, on beach weddings, at funerals, in churches, at festivals, for prime ministers, and recently for the governor general of NZ.

    Annemieke started a harp school in Auckland in 1995, and they traveled with 15 harpists to Great Barrier Island and Waiheke Island for local performances.

    Quite an ordeal with all those harps on the boat...but what a divine surprise for the local residents!

    They also performed in the pumphouse in Takapuna and in Titirangi hall.

    Annemieke met Sue Johnson and together they made a  CD with original songs, featuring voice, harp and guitar. They entertained their music in restaurants, at parties and at weddings.
    Annemieke gained her Zen Shiatsu diploma.

    In 1999 she moved to Dunedin, and during the next twelve years she had three children and ran the Dunedin harp school and orchestra.
    Again there were many people interested in learning the harp, and many performances were done for the public.
    In Dunedin Annemieke created her three meditation CD's with Janine Joyce, and also her CD with her own harp compositions.


    Annemieke introduced the harp to schools with an interactive show. (This show is available now too for schools or other groups.) 

    In 2010 Annemieke and her three children moved to Nelson, after traveling through New Zealand to find a good place to live  and a bit warmer than Dunedin...they enjoy growing their own organic food. Her two daughters Aster and Lisa are also accomplished harpists.

    There is now a thriving harp community in Nelson and she is teaching thirty students. 


    The Nelson harp orchestra runs biannually and will start again in April 2019. It is open to harpists of all levels. We practice every second Monday of the month.

    They will perform for the public on Sat 26th Oct 2019 at 3 pm in the Richmond Town Hall and on Sat 2 Nov 2019 at 3 pm  the NCMA in Nelson.


    Annemieke has studied improv theatre and regularly plays improv harp with the Nelson theatre. It is fun to create sounds to add to the unpredictable, often hilariously funny story line!

    She continues to play for weddings and all other occasions when she can.


    Annemieke combines improvised harp music with words to form deeper inner journeys called harp meditations. She also facilitates retreats.


    The monthly harp meditations will start up again on the last Thursday of the month from the 28th of February 2019.
    These meditations last an hour and are held every last Thursday of the month.

    6 Washbourn Drive, Richmond.
    7.30 pm till 8.30 pm
    Bring a blanket/ mat if you want to lie down. Just turn up, no bookings required.
    $15

    Weekend harp meditation and Intuitive development retreat
    Friday 12th April 7 pm till Sunday 14th April 3 pm 2019
    Piha beach, Auckland.

    A blissful, nurturing, reconnecting weekend retreat with live harp music, at stunning Piha Beach at Auckland's wild and raw west Coast.

    A journey of light, remembering and insight, embracing the parts of us that need us most. 
    The sounds of the harp interwoven with words and intention will take you on journeys within yourself, where you can safely explore. These harp journeys have lasting positive effects. 
    Deep healing results from the merging of Soul and Body and the deeper insights this encourages.
    Upliftment and heightened frequency resonance occur naturally. Letting go of the old becomes effortless.

    During the retreat there will be a mixture of harp meditations, intuition enhancing exercises (they are playful, fun and encourage your intuition to speak), reflection time, creativity (you are invited to make your own wall hanging to take home with your journey reflected on it), sharing from our heart.  

    A popular retreat for men and women who want to expand a deeper awareness of them-selves and their perception and connection with the world around them.
    Magic happens...

    Cost; $295 for the weekend or $40 for the Friday evening harp meditation only.
    Accommodation and food not included.
    Venue; Barnett Hall, 2 North Piha Road.

    Bookings: harpandhealing@gmail.com

    Long weekend harp meditation and Intuitive development retreat
    Friday 21st June 6 pm until
    Monday 24th June 2 pm 2019,
    Wangapeka.

    A blissful, nurturing, reconnecting four-day retreat with live harp music, celebrating  midwinter solstice together.

    A journey of light, remembering and insight, embracing the parts of us that need us most. 
    The sounds of the harp interwoven with words and intention will take you on journeys within yourself, where you can safely explore. These harp journeys have lasting positive effects. 
    Deep healing results from the merging of Soul and Body and the deeper insights this encourages.
    Upliftment and heightened frequency resonance occur naturally. Letting go of the old becomes effortless.

    During the retreat there will be harp meditations (in a warm room with a fireplace), intuition enhancing exercises (they are playful, fun and encourage your intuition to speak), reflection time, creativity (you are invited to make your own wall hanging to take home with your journey reflected on it), sharing from our heart. 

    A popular retreat for men and women who want to expand a deeper awareness of them-selves and their perception and connection with the world around them.
    Magic happens...

    Accommodation and superb food is included.
    $444
    $422 for Wangapeka retreat members

    Venue; Wangapeka retreat center, 355 Wangapeka River road.
    Bookings: 
    harpandhealing@gmail.com

    This deeply transformative retreat is now travelling too. If you want to host this in your area please email Annemieke. 
      

    Annemieke started her studies in ConTact C.A.R.E in 2018 and she is currently a student practitioner.

    Her book 'From My Life to Yours' was published in November 2018. 
    This book presents her story, one filled with initiations, challenges, adversity and magic.  From an early age, Annemieke tried to make sense of this world and to find out who she is  and why others can't see what she does. Her connection with the natural world became her guide. A musician from the age of nine, she traveled through the world with her harp and visited a wide variety of places. She finally settled far from her homeland, in New Zealand, where she raised and home schooled her three children on her own. Through both music and various healing modalities, Annemieke found ways to reach out to others and make this world a better place for all.
    In this memoir, one woman shares her life story, describing a challenging life worth living that calls forth love and inspiration in those around her.
    Annemieke is dreaming up and implementing new realities, where happiness, love, health, beauty and peace  exist for everyone, every day. Where people believe in their dreams again and have the courage to be different.

    NZ residents can order a copy for $30 by contacting Annemieke here; harpandhealing@gmail.com
    or you can order the book online as an e-book world wide
     .

    Attachments area


    Annemieke Harmonie

    www.harpandhealing.com


  • 08 Mar 2019 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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