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  • 08 Aug 2016 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AGM of NZ Harp Society will take place on Saturday 3 September, 2:30pm at 53 Totara St, Fendalton, Christchurch. 

    Members are invited to come early and listen to Nina Kraus, Ning Chiang, Sasha Henderson & Helen Webby rehearse Bach's Concerto for four harps(ichords) BWV. 1065. The open rehearsal is from 12 noon - 2pm, and will be directed by Francis Yapp, School of Music, University of Canterbury.

    Members from out of town are invited to join the meeting by Skype. If you wish to do so, please email Helen Webby by 30 August to set up Skype contact.

    Nominations for 2016/17 committee of Harp Society of New Zealand are now called for: please contact Helen Webby.

  • 19 Jun 2016 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Below you will find a brochure for Summer Harp Week 2017 (click the button).  The brochure includes both information about the week and the registration form.  It sounds like a great opportunity to enjoy the Kapiti coast in the summer,  the company of other harpists and to progress your playing!

    SHW brochure 2017 small.pdf

  • 31 May 2016 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here’s some exciting news from your executive committee of NZ Harp Society:

    We are delighted to announce the application process for four grants of $150 each, in every calendar year.

    The four grants are open to every NZ Harp Society member, and two of the grants are specifically reserved for under 18 year olds.

    So, young harpists (and not so young ones!)…. The NZHS wants to help you, in a tangible way, to engage in projects or activities that promote harp performance, education and awareness of the harp. 

    Get your thinking caps on about what you would like to do, and get in touch with your committee

    For more details click here!

  • 31 May 2016 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Membership Changes

    At the 2015 AGM of the Harp Society, members voted to increase the annual membership charge to NZ$25 per year, effective 1 July 2016. This increase applies to individual New Zealand resident members.

    A new family membership category will be available from 1 July 2016. A membership charge of NZ$30 per year covers adult and child members (limited to children in primary, secondary or tertiary education) of one family who wish to be harp society members.   Each family membership is entitled to one physical journal.  However each family member can have their own membership log-in (and profile) on the Harp Society website and each receive the journal via email.

    If you are current members and desire to switch to the family membership, or have any queries regarding membership, please contact Becky.

  • 11 May 2016 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Dear Colleagues, 

    Warm Reminder to all of you passionate harp lovers out there! The 13th World Harp Congress will be held in Hong Kong (July 7-13, 2017)  and your enthusiastic participation will make this a wonderful congress and one of the most memorable ones in recent years. 

    Our theme for 2017 WHC is "the East meets the West". Please feel free to interpret the theme and use your creativity to submit original proposals of performance, talks, presentation soon! Your contributions will be the cornerstones of success in our upcoming congress. 

    Deadline for Submission

    Performance / Lecture Presentations, Performance Proposals, New Music, Participation Workshops, and

    Others:                                       June 1, 2016

    Focus on Youth:                        June 1, 2016

    Masterclass :                              Sept  1, 2016

    Academic Papers / Lectures:   November 15, 2016

    Please check out the details and guidelines at


    Don't hesitate to send us questions at info at:

    We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong in 2017, our Pearl of the Orient!

    Dan Yu/ Angela Yau

    Co-Chairs / World Harp Congress 2017 Organising Committee"

  • 21 Mar 2016 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    For details about the Springtide group and more details please see their website   :  Here is the list I cut and paste from their site.

    Fri     May 6    8pm
    East Coast Folk Club
    Torbay, Auckland

    Sat     May 7  Eve
    Nikau Caves Cafe
    Tuakau  Ph: 9-233 3005

    Weds    May 11  7pm 
    House Concert, Waihi
    Contact: Mary Barr

    Sat / Sun    May 14 -15
    Folk Under the Mountain
    Te Aroha, New Zealand

    Weds May 18
    Hamilton Acoutic Music Club
    Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

    Sat  May 21
    House Concert - New Plymouth
    Peter Egli (Venue & Contct TBA)

    Thurs May 26
    Acoustic Routes Folk Club

  • 11 Mar 2016 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow!   Edmar Castañeda is visiting New Zealand!

    If you don't know anything about him, I advice looking him up on youtube and taking a look at his website.

    He's one of the musicians at WOMAD (both here and in Australia) and is an amazing Jazz harpist.  

    For information and tickets see:

  • 22 Feb 2016 7:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My name is Daniel Clive McCallum. I am an Australian born composer currently living and working in Los Angeles. I have written a number of works for harp in various different ensemble and chamber scores over the years and I thoughts I would share with you a recent work I have just completed. 

    Below I have attached a a score and audio file for solo harp that I thought you might enjoy and circulate/share among other harpists should you so wish. (we have tucked this in the NZHS archive so members can access it when they wish to)

    I will be recording this work for a new CD this month with the American harpist Lara Somogyi. As this is a new work there has yet to be any premier. I will be happy to send through a live recording once it is recorded.

    Kindest regards,

    Daniel Clive McCallum

    Music Composer

    Phone: +1(310)804-7257

    Skype: daniel.c.mccallum


    Web Site:

  • 21 Feb 2016 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dutch Harp Competition  12–16 October 2016  Utrecht, The Netherlands

     The New Year is here! What will you achieve in 2016? 

    Make it something great. The Dutch Harp Competition is back for a fourth edition, and it's open to harpists of all nationalities and ages—there are no limits! This is not a typical contest of technical skill; we want you to bring your personality and show us what makes you unique as a musician. The programme requirements are a call for creativity. In your support, we pledge to hold up a rigorous commitment to fairness. We also promise to make it worth your time. The rewards at every level are designed to make a meaningful impact on your career. You don't want to miss this!

    Application period  1 March –to  1 June 2016

  • 21 Feb 2016 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lyre of Tauranga

    The Lyre of Tauranga will sing songs of war and peace on 2 April 2016, at the

    Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga, in a celebration of ancient instruments and the

    connections of lands and cultures.

    Indigenous music is based on the belief that each instrument has its own voice, and its song represents the time of its creation, its place and culture of origin, and the spirituality of the musician.

    The Lyre of Tauranga is the recreation of a 4,500 year old ancient treasure, the Bull’s lyre of Ur, the first known string instrument and precursor of today’s guitar. Replicated by Tauranga man John Knotts using NZ redwood for its frame  and paua, pounamu and oyster shell in its decorations, the Lyre of Tauranga is a symbol of hope and revival. The lyre, long lost and repeatedly destroyed, is kept alive by the determination and collaboration of enthusiasts all over the world.

    Natalia Mann, a NZ born harpist, designed compositions for the Lyre’s song in response to art created by Sundus Abdul Hadi, an Iraqi/Canadian artist, who will provide the cultural context of the lyre’s place of origin with a multimedia contribution. Natalia will perform those compositions on the Lyre of Tauranga with taonga puoro played by Jo’el Komene.

    Born in NZ and immersed in diverse styles of music around the world all her life, Natalia’s focus transformed from classical music to music created in collaboration with others and imbued with the voices of the instruments and their culture.

    Taonga puoro are ancient Maori instruments, created from natural materials and integral part in sacred and every day rituals, in story telling and other aspects of Maori life. Like the lyre, taonga puoro. and their songs were thought to be lost, but experienced a revival over the last decades.

    During his studies of Te Reo Māori Jo’el Komene encountered taonga puoro., and immersed himself in their creation, their songs and performance. A carver, Jo’el creates his own instruments and learns their songs without being taught.

    Completing his studies with a Masters in taonga puoro from Waikato University, Jo’el today shares his taonga puoro. songs at Marae and in workshops across the country.

    Unlike classical performance there is no written notation for neither the lyre nor taonga puoro. The musicians immerse themselves in the instrument’s history and culture to discover and release the instrument’s song.

    Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. She was born in the UAE and raised in Montreal, where she is currently pursuing an MA in Media Studies at Concordia University. Sundus uses manipulated photographic imagery, mixed-media painting, artist books and sound in her art to build a deeper understanding of the socio-political situation in Iraq and to generate dialogue within both Eastern and Western audiences. Her recent series WARCHESTRA “is a multimedia series of visual and sonic components about war and culture. By replacing weapons of war with musical instruments, the WARCHESTRA experience aims to re-imagine the media-saturated spaces of the Middle East, and Iraq in particular, through collage and sound. The project has evolved into an act of empowerment through culture, highlighting the cultural heritage of the Arab peoples amidst an ongoing backdrop of war and destruction. It aims to combat the stereotypical image of Arabs in the Western Media as gun-toting and violent, and to instead draw attention to culture and heritage.”

    The Lyre of Tauranga

    The Lyre of Tauranga combines different cultures: ancient Mesopotamia where it was first built, the cradle of civilization, the location of the biblical Garden of Eden and the birthplace of the first known writing system, cuneiform writing.

    Located in parts of today’s Iraq and Syria the former Garden of Eden is today known for war, destruction. The lyre has gone through many transformations found in the royal tombs of Ur in 1929 and re-constructed, it was lost after the bombing and looting of Iraq’s museum in 2003. Enthusiasts around the world are determined to replicate the lyre. Tauranga man John Knotts is one of these enthusiasts.

    Learning about Mesopotamia at school, John fell in love with its rich history and its art. The story of the lyre, and the image of the woman adorned with jewelry, inspired John to one day create a playable replica of a Bull’s lyre and its jewelry.

    Decades later, in 2012, John built several mock-ups before embarking on what is now the Bull’s Lyre of Tauranga. To finish the project and realize a performance of the lyre John approached the Incubator in 2013. Pauline Moore and The Incubator have been instrumental to source funds for the completion of the lyre: the gilding of the bull’s head and the sourcing of specialised strings from the UK.

    The team at Baycourt theatre offered a specialist concert venue, technical support, and marketing to invite an audience to enjoy the one-off performance of the lyre and taonga puoro..

    Finding a musician to perform on the lyre was no easy task: modern harps have 26 to 40 strings while the lyre has only 9. When asked what attracted her to the project Natalia Mann responded: “The most interesting aspect for me is ‘Why has this cultural artifact appeared in Tauranga in the 21st century? And what on earth shall we do with it - it is so far from home.

    “The poet Ileini Kabalan, a child of political refugees herself, said that it’s as if the lyre was no longer able to sing in its own home, so it has gone through the earth to other places so that its song may continue to exist. The displacement of people fleeing war is one of the great humanitarian challenges the world faces today. For me this lyre symbolises that plight. “I am excited to collaborate with Iraqi artist Sundus Abdul Hadi on this project; I am designing the compositions for the lyre in response to Sundus’ artwork. It is especially pertinent that Iraq has seen so many of its people displaced all over the world because of international warfare. “

    To gain an understanding of the lyre’s music Natalia has reduced the number of strings on her own instrument to nine. Natalia will have only a few days before the performance to play the instrument, and to meet Jo’el Komene and his taonga puoro.

    The performance of The Lyre of TaURanga is on April 2nd at Baycourt Community & Art Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga 3110  Time tbc

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