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  • 17 Dec 2015 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Harp Society of New Zealand,

    I am writing to you on behalf of the Dutch Harp Competition, which will take place for the fourth time next year in October. Though still a relatively new competition, it has quickly risen to become one of the most important harp competitions in the world and provides harpists a unique opportunity for creative expression and career development. 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 make this information available to your members, either through your website, mailings, social media, or other communications?

    For all the details, you are invited to visit our website:

    Best wishes for the Holidays,

    Elizabeth Jaxon

    Competition Director | Dutch Harp Festival 2016

  • 24 Nov 2015 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For our members we have a new article by Pip Ferguson titled "The Loveliness and Liveliness of Irish Music" which includes video clips.  You will need to log in to see this.

    Go to Pip's Article

    A caveat that the movies may not work in all browsers, but they should work in many.

  • 06 Nov 2015 4:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     The Society has become more active, and in order to encourage its members to ‘do stuff’ for the harp community, the 2014/15 committee decided to increase the pool of money from subs, rather than spending the financial reserve.   Starting with the 2016/17 Financial year individual memberships will be $25.00 per annum. 

    Additionally, a single-household family membership level will be added at $30.00 per annum.  This intended for families at the same physical address (or with a child at school remotely), where more than one family member desires to be a member of the harp society.  A family membership is entitled to one posted journal, other family members may receive e-mailed journals if desired.  More details on this will be forthcoming.   

  • 21 Oct 2015 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The videos of the winner performances for the NZ Harp Performance Competition are now viewable online at

  • 04 Sep 2015 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For those planning to attend Helen and Davy's performance in Ashburton please note the below change:

    Tuesday 8 September


     Presenter: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

    Venue: Ashburton Trust Event Centre, 7.30pm

    Contact:  Roger Farr, 027 4168 299,


  • 31 Jul 2015 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "With thanks to a very generous donation from a member of the NZHS, we are inviting all NZHS financial members to take part in a New Zealand wide harp performance competition for harpists of any age!  Enter at one of the four levels.  Entry Form: 2015 harp comp entry form.pdf.

    One winner at each level will receive a prize.       

    * new $50 spot prize in the Initial/Grade One Class kindly donated by Astar's Place (  This prize will be selected by Astar herself and she is looking forward to seeing all the beginner harpists all dressed up and doing their best performance!!

    * Initial Grade/Grade One  - prize $75

    * Grade Two/Three  - prize $75

    *Grade Four/Five    - prize $100

    *Grade Six/Seven/Eight    - prize $150

    *Grade Eight and upwards – prize $200 (new class!!!!!  Donated by Stewart Harps, Auckland)

    There will also be one bonus prize of $100 for one harpist at any one level who didn’t win their level, but did impress the judges.

    * You must be a financial harp society member (paid up for 2015/16)

    * Your performance is to be one piece only, not longer than 3 minutes in duration.

    * Your entry needs to be validated by a teacher to confirm you are not playing below your actual ability. If you are not currently under the guidance of a teacher, please get in touch to discuss how your entry will be validated.

    * Your performance is to be videoed and sent to Anna.

    * Entries must be received by 5pm, Friday October 9th 2015. No late entries will be accepted.

    N.B  The organisers and judges reserve the right to suggest a ‘more appropriate’ level if an entry has been placed in a level too high or too low.  If the harpist chooses not to comply with the suggestion, their entry may be forfeited.

    Winners will be contacted and results will be published in the NZHS journal in November.

    The judges are Rebecca Harris, Carolyn Mills, Helen Webby, Yi Jin, and a non-harpist judge who is yet to be confirmed.

    For any enquiries please contact Anna Dunwoodie.  Please note this event is not run by the NZHS.  "

     Anna Dunwoodie

  • 29 Jul 2015 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear members,

    If you are interested in being part of the committee of the NZHS, do let Helen know (preferably at least 24 hours prior to the AGM!). In our constitution, we don’t have a written deadline for this, but in terms of keeping the AGM brief it is good if there are no surprises on the day!

    The outgoing committee has spent some time discussing how best to use the capital that the Society has had invested for a number of years. The Harp Society is sitting on funds raised from a conference held in Wellington in 2004. The question is, do we try and hold another conference? Or use the money on other projects to make the Society more relevant to harp players in NZ today.

    If you have strong opinions about this, I really encourage you to stand for nomination for the next committee, and be part of this discussion!

    Helen Webby (current President 2014/15)

  • 27 Jul 2015 2:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Look out for Helen Webby and Davy Stuart, touring as String Wizardry for Arts On Tour NZ in September. Their program includes traditional Irish music, songs with a Scottish accent and some surprises along the way. The venues and some tour dates are still to be confirmed, so do check the Arts On Tour website for details closer to the time. 

    • Sunday 6 Sep, Balcairn matinee 
    • Thursday 10 Sep, Ashburton 
    • Fri 11 Sep, Twizel 
    • Sat 12 Sep, Cromwell 
    • Sun 13 Sep, Gore 
    • Mon 14 Sep, Owaka 
    • Thurs 17 Sep, Hokitika 
    • Fri 18 Sep, Reefton 
    • Sat 19 Sep, Mussel Inn Golden Bay 
    • Sun 20 Sep, Fairfield House, Nelson 
    • Tue 22 Sep, Opotiki 
    • Thurs 24 Sep, Kauaeranga Hall Thames 
    • Fri 25 Sep, Coromandel 
    • Sat 26 Sep, Wanganui 
    • Sun 27 Sep, 4th Wall Theatre New Plymouth

  • 30 Jun 2015 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Christchurch Harp Orchestra’s midyear concert this year was a collaboration with the Garden City Orchestra. Held on 24 May at Avonhead School, the Sunday afternoon concert attracted a big crowd of all ages and filled the school hall.

    Garden City Orchestra calls themselves ‘the friendly orchestra where tea is as important as the music’, and their director Beth Cohen does an amazing job conducting and serving trays of chocolate slice during the interval!

    The Harp Orchestra played some short ensemble pieces: Brian Boru’s March, Carolan’s Welcome and the Dill Pickle Rag, arranged by Helen Webby.

    Then we combined forces with Garden City Orchestra to play the famous Intermezzo Sinfonica from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ by Mascagni.  This instrumental piece from an Italian opera set in Sicily was also used for the final scene of the Godfather III movie, when the daughter of the Mafia boss is killed on the steps of the opera house in Palermo. It is intensely beautiful, emotional music, and was a lot of fun to play with twelve harps sitting at the front of the orchestra, decorated with flowers to celebrate the occasion. The conductor Beth said it made her feel like Marlon Brando! 

    The original harp part of Mascagni’s Intermezzo Sinfonica is a series of chords in F major, and fits beautifully on lever harp. I did chop it up in to easy and intermediate parts however. If anybody would like to use these parts for school orchestra or harp orchestra, I am very happy to pass them on.


    Helen Weby Director Christchurch Harp Orchestra

    Contact Helen

    Harp Orchestra Christchurch meets once a month, and plays two concerts a year.

    New players are warmly welcome, and parts are arranged for easy, intermediate and advanced players. Look out for our end of year Christmas Charity Concert on Saturday 28 November, 7pm. Venue for concert is Hohepa Canterbury, 23 Barrington St.

  • 24 Jun 2015 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Auckland Council is looking for established and up and coming artists across a range of genres to perform for Music in the Parks 2016.

    See for details.

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