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  • 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

  • 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.

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