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  • 03 Oct 2017 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hello all,

    I have attached my full tour schedule for this coming january and am getting very excited about the prospect of coming to New Zealand for a month.  I would love to meet as many harpists as possible along the way!

    Please forward the poster to anyone whom you think might be interested!

    Many thanks and hope to meet you,


    Fri 26th Jan - Mon 29th Jan  Auckland Folk Festival

    Wed 31st Jan  Café One2One, Auckland

    Thursday 1st Feb, House Concert, Katikati

    Fri 2nd Feb, Eggsentric Café, Cooks Beach

    Sat 3rd Feb, Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

    Sun 4th Feb, The Rogue Stage, Rotorua

    Mon 5th Feb, The Bunker, Devonport Folk Club

    Thur 8th Feb, Studio 64, Inglewood, New Plymouth, Taranaki

    Fri 9th Feb,  Horowhenua Scottish Society Hall, cnr. Bartholomew Road and Middlesex Street, Levin. (The Hall's actual address is 155 Bartholomew Road, Levin)

    Sat 10th Feb, The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, Wellington

    Sun 11th Feb, Fairfield House, Nelson

    Wed 14th Feb Grainstore Gallery, South Hill

    Fri 16th Feb, Sherwood, Queenstown, Frankton

    Sat 17th Feb The Nook, Wanaka

    Sun 18th Feb   New Edinburgh Folk Club, Dunedin

    Tues 20th Feb  The Mussel Inn

    Thurs 22nd Feb  House concert, Napier

    Fri 23rd Feb - 24th Feb  Aongatete festival

    Mon 26th Feb   Whangateau Hall Concerts

    For more information see

  • 17 Sep 2017 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are being taken for the 2017/2018 Harp Society Committee please email us if you would like to volunteer.

    The Annual AGM Meeting will start at 11 a.m. in Southgate, Wellington (for specific address please see prior journal or email  for directions..

    Following the AGM will be a Harp Tuning Workshop (see below for details).

    All members are welcome, either in person or via skype.   If you wish to attend via skype please email Carolyn and let her know ahead of time and include your skype name in the email.


    Wish you had more confidence in tuning your harp?

    Do you avoid doing it because it seems too hard?

    Feeling like you need better tuning skills but not sure how to improve?

    ~Tuning Workshop~

    Come along to the HSNZ AGM on Sunday, 8 October, and learn some great tips and strategic skills for tuning your harp confidently and happily, using an electronic tuner and also your own ears.

    Led by Carolyn Mills, who has been tuning harps (with and without electronic help) for 45 years.

    Work will be with both pedal harps and lever harps, as per individual requests. And feel free to bring your own harp if you wish.

    The Tuning Workshop and cups of tea will begin following  the short AGM.   

  • 20 Aug 2017 5:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Harp Society of New Zealand,

    I am writing to you on behalf of the DHF World Harp Competition, a bold new format of international harp competition set to take place alongside the 5th Dutch Harp Festival next year. Applications for the competition are now open, and the deadline is approaching on September 15th. We are hoping to provide information about the competition to everyone who may be interested in participating, which is why I am contacting your harp society. Would you mind sharing this information with your members, either through your website, newsletter, social media, or other communications?

    You can check out the competition preview video ( which explains how the competition works and read further details on our website:

    Best wishes,

    Elizabeth Jaxon

    Dutch Harp Festival 2018 | Competition Director


  • 13 Aug 2017 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Harp Write - arranging music for the harp

    All the details (and resources) are up on the webpage

    Open to harpists and non harpists alike - just check the entry details!! 

    Any questions - please ask!!!

    Regards, Anna

  • 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.


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