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  • 08 Dec 2014 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Anna Dunwoodie and Lisa Williamson have announced another Harpenz in April!

    All the information is available, and you can get a registration form from:

  • 03 Nov 2014 9:30 PM | Anonymous member

    9.30 – 3.00
    (Set-up from 9.00)

    Corner Braid Rd & Taylor Tce

    Reading from lead sheet with bass improvisation
    Christmas Carols

    Harp, chair, tuner, music stand,pencil, eraser, lunch
    Sylvia Wood’s Christmas Carol Book (if you have it, if not don’t worry)

    Tea, coffee & juice provided – please bring your own food or
    there is a cafe & bakery right next door

    Harp Society members - no charge
    All others - $10.00

    CONTACT: Lisa Williamson
    Email Lisa
    Phone: (07)855 4142

  • 28 Oct 2014 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Does the thought of performing make your heart race, or give you sweaty palms? Are you worried about an upcoming exam or other performance? Are you frustrated by playing better in the practice room than you do on stage, or even in your lessons?

    Come along to Ingrid's workshop, have a practice performance, and get tips on dealing with performance anxiety and improving your stage presence.

    Play something you're working on (any level is fine!) and get feedback on your performance from Ingrid; or just observe the workshop. We will be creating a very safe and supportive environment for all performers.

    Ingrid is also going to play something herself. Performance anxiety isn't just an amateur's problem! (Please contact Ingrid if you would like to play on Ingrid's pedal harp.)

    There is limited parking at the town hall. If you are not bringing a harp, please be considerate of those who are, and leave them a close parking space!

    When: Sunday November 9th. Set up and tune from 1pm, workshop start at 1:20pm. Finish and pack up at 2:40 to be out of the hall by 3pm. (A volunteer to help Ingrid set out some chairs at 1pm would be much appreciated!)

    Where: Ngaio Town Hall, 1 Ottawa Rd, Ngaio

    Cost: $5 to play, gold coin donation to observe (this covers the cost of hall hire).

    RSVP: If you wish to play, contact Ingrid . First in, first served. Maximum 7 performers. No RSVP necessary for observers.

  • 24 Oct 2014 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I noticed this and thought I would post it as it may be of interest to some of our members:Cranford Hospice

  • 28 Sep 2014 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     "The Harp Companions" will be giving a free lunchtime concert at the Auckland Central Library on Thursday the 9th of October (from 12:10 to 1 p.m.)!

  • 04 Sep 2014 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interesting new resource for harpists.  The below is directly taken from am article on Linked In:

    "The Virtual Reality World "Harps" a resource for all players" by Jaque Davison Owner Operator Davison Associates

    Harps is free, non-commercial, and moderated virtual reality world dedicated to the community of people who play or love the harp. It is a unique collection of user contributed harp related web links housed in a grouping subject dedicated buildings. Harps is a place to discover all the things you might want to know about the instrument. Besides providing information it is a gathering and meeting place where anyone in the world, without having to travel, can show up and visit. It is intended to be a living site with information changing all the time to meet the needs of the community. Content changes always wanted and welcome.

    Go to
    Download and install the application (alas PC only)
    On initial start up select "Autoconfigure"
    Pick an Avatar
    Read the “How to move” web page
    Look on the left side for the Tabs
    Select the Worlds Tab
    Scroll down the list and select "Harps“
    •Click "Teleport" on the menu bar top left
    Pull down to "make this my home"- The next time you turn AW on you will arrive in Harps.

    See it here:
    Updates Here:


  • 01 Sep 2014 7:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Harp Society of New Zealand information flyer is available via the website if you would like to download and share with friends, students or take copies to a recital, concert, workshop, etc.  where there may be people interested in joining up: 

    Harp Society Information Flyer

    NOTE our website host is changing, and the flyer needs to be updated ( will still work).

    Harp Society of New Zealand information flyer is available via the website if you would like to download and share with friends, students or take copies to a recital, concert, workshop, etc.  where there may be people interested in joining up: 

    Harp Society Information Flyer

  • 24 Aug 2014 7:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wellington harpers and harpists .....  Join the Wellington Harp Orchestra!

    Harpists of all ages and abilities are invited to become founding members of the Wellington Harp Orchestra, directed by Michelle Velvin.

    Join the Harp Orchestra and meet new harp friends, learn new music and share the experience of ensemble music.

    For more details of rehearsals please contact Michelle.

  • 24 Jul 2014 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This notice came through on 'Cairde na Cruite' (or friends of the harp) and I am just listening to it as it is still available on the website. There's lots of harp music and some interesting background. I thought some of the Harp Society folk might like to listen in, if you want to post the notice.

    From: Cairde na Cruite

    Sent: ‎Thursday‎, ‎24‎ ‎July‎ ‎2014 ‎8‎:‎24‎ ‎p.m.


    … a portrait of Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan

    on The Lyric Feature 25 July 2014               RTÉ Lyric fm            7-8pm             96-99fm

    A portrait of the extraordinary celebrity cult figure - Sydney Owenson, later Lady Morgan, who penned the once-famous novel - The Wild Irish Girl (1806). In addition to her writing, she also enjoyed a flourishing career as a drawing-room singer and performer on the Royal Portable Irish harp built by John Egan. Sydney Owenson styled herself on Glorvina, the harp-playing princess from her novel, thereby initiating a fashion for her own brand of pseudo-Celtic dress, and she also composed some quite influential songs, a fact that is no longer recognised.

    Music on the programme includes specially recorded world-premiere recordings of Owenson’s Hibernian Melodies performed by Laura Murphy, mezzo soprano and Una Hunt, piano, along with harp airs played by Boston-based Nancy Hurrell on John Egan’s harps. Contributors include Nancy Hurrell, Claire Connolly (Professor of Modern English, University College Cork) and Julie Donovan (George Washington University, Washington D.C.). Engineering by Ben Rawlins.

    Presented and produced by Una Hunt.

     A Heritage Music Production for RTÉ Lyric fm. This programme is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's Sound and Vision Funding Scheme.


    The Wild Irish Girl can be heard live on the internet through the RTÉ lyric fm website and can be accessed at any time for a week after broadcast.  Just go to and click the 'LISTEN BACK' icon to hear the current feature. Thereafter, the programme is available on the Lyric fm Archive."

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