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  • 28 Feb 2019 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Harp Society is planning to sponsor Natalia Mann touring Aotearoa with a full day improvisation workshop and/or performance during the month of April 2019. Our hope is to include some of the regional areas in addition to the main centres - specific locations will be determined by registered interest see link to the survey registering interest below.

    Natalia is known for her creative and contemporary style of harp playing. She works internationally as performer, composer, collaborator and artist. Her workshops have been very popular with those harpists who have attended in the past. Natalia's Website is: and facebook page is: for those who wish to learn a bit more about Natalia.


    Kia ora friends!

    I am excited to present my "Art is Life" Improvisation Workshop Tour and I would like to know where to go. I can come to almost any town in the country if there’s enough interest. Can you help me plan my route by registering your interest?

    So what's it all about? If you are on a musical journey, read on...

    Would you like to feel freedom on your instrument? Would you like to be able to play music without having to practice every note? Then shake out your inhibitions, have fun creating spontaneous music - this workshop is for you.

    It doesn’t matter what instrument, doesn’t matter about your expertise. “Art Is Life” and there’s room for everyone. Just come with an open mind, ready to experiment, explore and … play!

    Hope to see you soon,



  • 24 Feb 2019 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Could you spare a few minutes to fill out a survey to help your harp society:   Go To SURVEY

  • 14 Nov 2018 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Harp Island 2019

    • From 08/03/2019 to 11/03/2019
    • Aspect Tamar Valley Resort - Grindelwald

    Following the success of Harp Island 2018 at Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, Grindelwald, our 2019 Harp Island will be held at the same venue, over the long weekend in March, namely 8th -11th 2019. Registrations are now open to non-members of the Harp Society of Tasmania. Please see attached flyer and registration form for more details and costs of the weekend.

    Our 2019 tutor is Cristina Braga (, one of Brazil’s most influential harpists. She works with both popular and classical music and is currently Professor of Harp at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She has been involved with the World Harp Congress and is passionate about the harp. We are thrilled to be hosting Cristina at Harp Island 2019.


    For more information, and application/reservation form see:

  • 14 Aug 2018 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    North of Auckland Harp Circle 

    Looking to see if there is interest in a regular North of Auckland Harp Circle.   First one Sun Sept 9, 2018 in Snells Beach.   Email Becky  for details.  Current plan is it will be a mix of playing some ensemble music, and encouraging people who attend to play a piece they've been working on for a friendly bunch of people (not required, just encouraged), and a bit of socializing.

    Contact Becky if you are interested in joining in, even if you can't make the first one.

  • 30 Jul 2018 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For full tour details check out the Arts On Tour NZ website: 

    Below you will find for each location a link with more information and ticketing (where I could find it online), the ones not listed will be added as I find the data.  I suspect many will be on to the date.

    "Helen loves to take her harp out of the orchestra and on the road where she can share the music and stories related to this magical musical instrument.

    On her latest AOTNZ tour she’ll be showcasing the Celtic music of Wales, Ireland and Scotland, along with some glorious Baroque music by J.S. Bach, and then on to Paris and La Belle Epoche with the music of Claude Debussy and Gabriel Faure.

    The first half of programme is a mini history of the pedal harp, with pieces chosen to show the development of the double action pedal harp, invented by Frenchman Sebastien Erard.

    The second half showcases the Blue Carbonfibre Celtic harp, with music from Brittany, Scotland and Ireland. As well, the Concert harp is plugged in for some jazz surprises – ‘Duke’, inspired by Duke Ellington, and Mozart’s ‘Alla Turca Jazz’.

    Helen is also looking forward to playing music written for her solo CD ‘Pluck’ by New Zealand film composer Mark Smythe, nominated for Best Classical CD in the 2013 Music awards, and made into a DVD film ‘Harps Make Fine Companions’, screened by Television New Zealand.

    Her programme includes a couple of surprises –a recently discovered harp composition by the father of NZ classical music, Douglas Lilburn, and ‘Blue Smoke’ by Ruru Karaitiana, the first piece of recorded New Zealand music.

    Helen plays the Concert Grand, made out of South Island red beech by her brother, well known harp maker Kim Webby, and the Blue carbon fibre Celtic harp, made by luthier Davy Stuart.

    Helen Webby

    Born in Whangarei, Helen’s passion for the harp began at the age of 12 when her older brother Kim built her an instrument. She studied Concert Harp in Auckland, Holland and Germany and in 1996 completed her master’s degree from the Hochschule for Music in Hamburg. Since 2000, Helen has been Principal Harp with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and also plays with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras. She premiered New Zealand works at the 2006 American Harp Society Convention and also tours with Chamber Music New Zealand.


    • Monday 3 September 7pm Lincoln

    The Laboratory

    $20 over the bar or 03 325 3006

    • Tuesday 4 September 7.30pm Geraldine

    St Mary’s Church, Talbot St

    $20 Book: LOUK Clothing (No Eftpos)

    • Wednesday 5 September 2pm Bannockburn

    Coronation Hall

    $10 Tickets on the door

    • Thursday 6 September 7.30pm Wanaka

    Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre

    $25 Phone to book: 03 4439037/021 481 358

    • Friday 7 September 7.30pm Gore

    Eastern Southland Gallery

    Adult $25, Members $20, Students $10

    Book: Eastern Southland Gallery

    • Saturday 8 September 8pm Invercargill

    Masonic Lodge

    $25 Book: Ticket direct

    • Sunday 9 September 7.30pm (Doors 7pm) Dunedin

    New Edinburgh Folk Club, “50 Dundas” St

    GA $25, Concessions $20, DFC members $15

    • Wednesday 12 September 7.30pm Nelson

    Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

    $30 Book: NCMZ, i-Site, Richmond Mall


    • Thursday 13 September 7.30pm Wellington

    Hannah Playhouse

    Adult $35,Student (with ID) $30, Seniors $30, Groups of 6 or more $30

    Groups of 15 or more $25 (Service fees apply)


    • Friday 14 September 7.30pm New Plymouth

    4th Wall Theatre

    Adult $25, Student $10


    • Saturday 15 September 7.30pm Coromandel

    The Club Woollams Ave

    $25, Concessions $20

    Book: The Information Centre Coromandel

    • Wednesday 19 September 8pm Norsewood

    The Old Dairy Factory

    $20 on the door

    • Thursday 20 September Dinner 6.30pm for 7.30pm Waipawa

    CHB Municipal Theatre

    $25 plus Dinner add on $20


    • Saturday 22 September Dinner from 6pm for 8pm Mapua

    The Playhouse Theatre

    $20 Book: The Playhouse

    • Sunday 23 September 8pm Onekaka

    The Mussel Inn

    $15 on the door

    • Tuesday 25 September 8pm Barrytown

    Barrytown Hall

    $20 door sales(cash)

    • Wednesday 26 September 7.30pm Hokitika

    Old Lodge Theatre

    $20 Book: Hokitika’s Regent Theatre

    • Sunday 30 September 4pm Darfield

    Selwyn Gallery

    Adult $25, Student $15

    Book: Selwyn Gallery 03 3188 702


    Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse."

  • 03 Jul 2018 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Adventures for the Lever Harp Book 1 

    5 intermediate to advance pieces by Lauren Scott

    With winter well underway, what a better time for an introduction of a new book of groovy music for the intermediate to advanced harpist. The five pieces contained in this work have a wide range of titles that evoke images and thoughts of springtime, dancing and holidays in tropical places. All five pieces are specifically written for lever harp, but are possible on pedal harp too with only a few easy pedal changes.

    The Publication

    The book or pdf download (available in both formats) includes 5 pieces at approximately grade 5 and up level, although the focus of these pieces is on creating and capturing the character of the music rather than on technical elements. The pieces vary in length from 2 to 7 pages, syncopation and percussion is a focus in most of the pieces. Lever markings are given at the beginning of each piece, with no lever changes during the piece, so one can focus on the rhythmic and percussive elements of the music. This is a definite advantage for lever harp players!

    Guidance is provided as to the rhythms and how to bring out the various elements of the piece; as well as some background on each piece to help inspire your own performance of the music.

    This publication is available on Lauren’s website with sample pages shown or from the publisher  Also available on soundcloud are recordings of each piece, and a couple are on youtube as well.  Many are linked on Lauren’s website:

    One of the reasons I particularly like this book is I think players and listeners alike will really engage with it, a sense of fun and adventure that will put smiles on performers and listeners alike. It’s always good for a gigging harpist to have a few pieces of this nature to pull out and recapture an audience’s attention.

    I have enjoyed these pieces for many reasons, but mostly for their very catchy tunes with lots of groove and their so very well placed extended techniques! Each piece is musically satisfying and fun to play. They are programmatic and will be very accessible to an audience of non-musicians and musicians alike.

    Review by Michelle Velvin and Becky Swan

  • 03 Jul 2018 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year we’d like NZHS members to send in your photo of you out busking. In the photo we’d like to be able to see where you are (outside a shop or in a market) and the date (most phones/cameras can do this), and we’ll put you in the draw for a gift voucher from The Harp Column ( to be announced in December. You can go busking as a soloist or part of a group! Please send your photos in advance of the journal deadlines – 20 June and 20 October 2018 and all photos will be published in subsequent journals.

  • 02 Jul 2018 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prizes to be won!!!!!
    This is open to all NZ harpists - anywhere in the country - as long as you can video your performance (on a phone is fine) and send it in - then you are eligible. See the webpage for more details (and if you look on the projects tab under Harp Perf Comp 15,16,17 you will see the winners from the past years).

  • 29 May 2018 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    North Atlantic Soundscapes - with slideshow on big screen

    Angelika Nielsen violin, vocals;  Thomas Loefke Celtic harp, photography

    Angelika Nielsen - the Faroe Island's number one traditional fiddle player - and harpist Thomas Loefke combine in their soundscapes their own compositions - a hybrid of Celtic and Nordic music - with traditional music from the Faroes and Ireland. 

    With violin, harp and pictures the two musicians take their audiences on a breathtaking adventurous journey to the North Atlantic: Tory Island in the Northwest of Ireland, the Shetlands, Lofoten in the East, Iceland in the North and right in the middle: the Faroe Islands.

    The music is accompanied by a slide show with photographs Thomas took during his island travels. 

    The Norðan CD is available now on Tutl and Laika records.

    Videos, music and pictures are on the Norðan website:

    Youtube links: Brimgjáir  Djupini  Alvastakkur  Døgg og Sproti.

    The Tour:

    Thu14 JuneTe Pahu Te Pahu Sound Lounge 8pm, bookings:

    Fri15 JuneWhangarei Whangarei Folk Club, Kamo Soccer Club, 7.30pm, bookings: 09 436 3003

    Sat16 JuneAuckland House Concert, Kathy Mc Donald, Waimauku 7.30pm, bookings: 0276622364

    Sun17 JuneCoromandel The Club 2pm, bookings:

    Mon18 June New Plymouth 4thWall Theatre 7.30pm,bookings:, 0800 484 925

    Tue19 JuneWellington Old St Paul‘s Cathedral, lunchtime concert: 12.15pm

    Wed20 JuneOnekaka Mussel Inn 8pm,, tickets at door

    Thur21 JuneHavelock Captain‘s Daughter 7.30pm, bookings: 03 5742440

    Fri22 June.Nelson Fairfield House 8pm, bookings: 03 54 83640 

    Sat23 JuneSouthbridge Mistlewood Gallery House Concert 7.30pm,bookings:

    Sun24 JuneDunedin Dunedin Folk Club, 50Dundas 7.30pm, info:

    Mon25 JuneWanaka Cardrona Hall, Cardrona 8pm, bookings: 03 4438152

    Tue26 JuneHokitika Old Lodge Theatre 7.30pm, bookings: 03 7558101

    Wed27 JunePicton Le Cafe 7pm, TP

    Fri29 JunePalmerston-North Folk Music Club, Theosophical Society Hall 8pm, tickets at door

  • 25 Mar 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In addition to the orchestral parts, NZ Opera are doing Bohème this year which has quite a bit of harp, and NZ Ballet are doing The Nutcracker which is big for the harpists,  these are both pit works so people probably won't be able to actually see the harpist.  I have not added these to the calendar, but did want to call attention to them for those members who may be interested.

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