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  • 05 Dec 2017 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Toru, a trio with Karen Batten (flute)Sophia Acheson (viola), and Ingrid Bauer (harp) will be touring NZ in May!  Looks like a great programme see for all the details and purchasing of tickets.

  • 30 Nov 2017 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to a very talented Warren Lawson of Auckland who is a graphic designer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and recording engineer the harp society has a new logo!

    We also have decided to offer our members a chance to have either bags or t-shirts with the logo and have worked with to create them!

    To take a look/place an order go to:  

    There are two bags available:

    •  a messenger bag that is very light weight cotton so isn't intended to carry too much; or 
    •  a very sturdy carry bag, which is quite spacious.  
    You can customize either to add your name or a catchy phrase so that when you are gathering with other harpists you don't have to wonder which is yours!   I ordered a test carry bag and put my name on it  (on the back side).  It can take a moment for things to load when you choose to customize, so be a little patient and give the system time to present the fonts et. al. to you.

    We've also allowed for customization of the t-shirts, or just straight up ordering of them.   

    On offer without customization are white and black logos on a wide variety of shirts. The sizes are listed in the description, be sure to check the size (there are 3 tabs, one where you choose the colour/size, a description and a sizing chart)!

    For those who want to be adventurous and customize : 

    • You can change the colour of the logo (after you hit customize button there will be an image of the logo on the right with a tiny box with the current colour, you click on that and can change the colour).  You can also change size and position of logo or add a catchy phrase should you desire.
    • You can add a catchy phrase to front or back if you want.  Again wait for the fonts to load before starting!

    To take a look/place an order go to:  

  • 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

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