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  • 09 Aug 2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever had sore arms or hands from playing the harp? Does your back sometimes become stiff? Do you wish you could play with more freedom or a bigger sound or more relaxation? 

    The committee would like to survey HSNZ members about their potential interest in working with Lucy Reeves on the Alexander Technique and how it relates to your harp playing.

    If you could take a few minutes to complete the survey, we would appreciate it as it will help us gauge interest in a potential visit.

    Take the Survey

    Learn more about Lucy Reeves and the Alexander Technique:

    Alexander Technique has been helping musicians (and others) for decades, to achieve more balance and ease at the instrument and in life. Based on solid scientific principles, it is a gentle and safe discipline which can help with breathing, movement, and freedom from pain. 

    Lucy Reeves is a registered Alexander teacher and an accomplished harpist, which gives her a unique understanding of the demands we put on our bodies. Based in Brisbane, Lucy is available to come to NZ and offer classes and one on one teaching sponsored by the HSNZ. 

    Visit Lucy's website

    On a personal note-

    I have practiced Alexander Technique for the last two years and have experienced amazing benefits to my playing -  and I've been playing the harp for over forty years! It's never too late ☺
    - Carolyn

  • 28 Jun 2017 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On July 5th (our time), July 4th US time, our Membership Management and Website hosting service will be doing some work to improve their services (switching to a cloud based solution).  Our website will have some brief periods of outage during this time.

  • 12 May 2017 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     A huge thanks to our very generous sponsors. Judges to be announced a little closer. Registration forms available on the website.
  • 12 May 2017 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NZ Harp Duo is holding another Composition Competition!

    Click here for details: NZ-Harp-Duo-composition-competition-rules-DRAFT-2017.pdf

  • 25 Feb 2017 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    THOMAS LOEFKE    Harp Music from the Celtic Northwest... with slideshow: North Atlantic Soundscapes

    "I open the door, a cool wind blows in my face, and the sea smells better than ever. The sky is still grey, but the first rays of the sun are scattering on the horizon. I look forward to the new day..."

    Berlin Celtic harpist / photographer Thomas Loefke is in New Zealand for a couple of concerts in March.

    He plays his own compositions with connections to Ireland and the Faroe Islands and runs a slide show along with his tunes:

    14.03.17        Upper Hut Mainly Acoustic Music Club at Mayfair Cafe 19.30, tickets at door

    17.03.17        Lower Hut Shona Mc Farlane Village (private gig)

    19.03.17        Thames St George‘s Church 14.00, tickets at door

    21.03.17        Coromandel town Anglican Hall 18.30, tickets at door

    26.03.17        New Plymouth house concert with Jon Sanders 16.30, info: +64 21 758 915

    28.03.17        Havelock Captain‘s Daughter 19.30, tickets at door

    Islands in the North Atlantic, like Tory Island - the Irish island of legend and myth, the Hebridean Island of Staffa or the wild archipelago of the Faroe Islands situated between the Shetlands and Iceland - these are the places where Thomas spends a considerable amount of time every year to compose music. 

    The tunes are accompanied by photographs Thomas took during his travels to the islands and in his solo programme these “North Atlantic Soundscape" pictures” are part of the show.

    Thomas learnt his trade in Dublin from Ireland's leading harp players - Máire Ní Cháthasaigh, Helen Davies and Áine Ní Dhúill. Since 1984 he has been playing professionally and has won several international prizes. In 1992 he recorded his first album.

    Today much of Thomas' time is spent writing, collaborating and recording. He regularily tours with his band Norland Wind featuring Noel Duggan from Clannad, with Riverdance fiddle player Máire Breatnach, the American cello/guitar-duo Acoustic Eidolon, with Faroese fiddlle player Angelika Nielsen as duo Norðan, and as a soloist.

    "People are listening to quiet haunting music again," says Thomas. "It's amazing how the sound of the harp takes the speed out of everyday life and brings you back to a sort of tingling slowness.   

    youtube:Tor Mor

    Thomas Loefke Nehringstr. 33   D-14059 Berlin    tel. +49 30 322 5824   mob. +49 171 271 0944

  • 20 Feb 2017 2:07 PM | Anonymous member

    Harpitree is the official dealer of Harpsicle-harp made in USA.

    We are running a grand opening sale, Exclusive to NZHS member until the end of March. Get 10% off from the original price for any kinds of the harps (exclude accessories & books).

    Please check our website, facebook page for more information or email us if you have any enquiries.


  • 04 Dec 2016 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Clive Morley Harps has added a new resource of videos (including some from the NZ Harp Performance Competition).  

    To get to them go to
    Choose your exam board  and then the relevant grade to buy exam sheet music or see example performance videos. 

    There are also a good number of NZHS members who feature in these videos - you can see the following 

    Initial Grade       Sabina (Auckland)  playing “Lullaby

    Grade 1             Emilia (Northland) playing “Berceuse

    Grade 2             Odyssee (Auckland) playing “Frolicking Lambs

    Grade 3             Jessica L (Christchurch) playing “Les Pfifferai”,

                            Luc Aime (Auckland) playing “Beethoven at School”,

                             Jessica F (Christchurch) playing “We’re at the Seaside

    Grade 4             Joelle (Auckland) playing “Skegness Rock

    Grade 6             Jennifer (Auckland) “Les Enfants a la Creche de Noel

    Grade 8             Daniella (Christchurch) “ Toccata”

                             Tiffany  (Wellington) “Rondo

  • 26 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From one of our members, Kemp Reweti (after his winning entry to the NZ Harp Performance Competition - see our youtube channel for Kemp, and 35+ other performances from 2015 and 2016)
    FYI - For those of us without TV, they show The Hui on TV on Demand.
    Hi Anna, I don't know if your interested or if members of the harp community are. But I'm lucky enough to be on TV3 show tomorrow called the Hui at 9.30am sharing a bit about my harp journey. I posted a video on my Facebook page of my competition piece and it went a bit crazy so they got in touch with me and are running a story on The Hui tv3 show tomorrow. Just wanted to let you know. Cheers, Kemp.

  • 14 Sep 2016 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A note from Sydney:

    The Harp Holiday in the blue mountains is now taking registrations, see the website for details:

  • 14 Aug 2016 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ever want to go to a harp festival, congress, or other gathering but never quite had the time or weren't able to justify the funds required?  Check out the first Virtual Harp Summit at

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