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  • 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 to see the list of where and when.  

    For other information see:

  • 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.

    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.


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

    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.
    $422 for Wangapeka retreat members

    Venue; Wangapeka retreat center, 355 Wangapeka River road.

    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;
    or you can order the book online as an e-book world wide

    Attachments area

    Annemieke Harmonie

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

  • 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

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