Discover The Harp on Orkney
Join Derwent Harp School Musical Director Helen-Elizabeth and our harp maker Paul from 10 till 1 on the 31 August in room 2,The St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall for our 1st ever Discover the Harp course on Orkney.
Helen-Elizabeth has 20 years of teaching experience holding a BA Hons, DipABRSM and CTABRSM qualifications. Former students have gone on to all the major conservatories and on to Oxford and Cambridge to study music. Derwent Harp School students have also had considerable success on the Eisteddfod circuit over the years. She herself studied with the world famous professor of harp David Watkins.
This course is a complete introduction to playing the harp for beginners including your own personalised Discovery 16 Harp, Tuning Key and Course Book to take home and keep. No prior musical experience needed. Your harp and music will be sent out to you ahead of the course date.
The course is suitable for ages 16 + - under 16s with musical experience also welcome but MUST be accompanied by an adult and have a negative lateral flow test.
By the end of the morning you will be surprised at how many tunes you will able to play. We will learn simple rounds, popular folk tunes and even some popular classics, including Land of My Fathers, All Though The Night, Si Hei Lwli, Chaconne, Pwt Ar Y Bys plus some Scottish and Orkney favourites.
Numbers strictly limited.
Booking will close for this course on 1/7/23 in order for us to build the harps in time for the big day.
Students who took this course last summer have already gone on to achieve Distinction at grade 1 with International School of Musicians using their discovery 16 Harps.
You can use your Discovery 16 Harp for Step 1 and 2 plus grades 1,2,3 and 4 with the International School of Musicians exam board.
One student started with a Discover The Harp Course last summer and went on to be part of the winning year 6 and under ensemble at 2022 Urdd Eisteddfod.
“I loved learning to play the harp on Saturday , such a great course, excellent value for money , lovely surroundings. Love my harp ! Learnt enough to play simple duets with my daughter the next day . Looking forward to more opportunities to attend again in the future . Thank you “
I really enjoyed the class yesterday. You were so welcoming. I will need lots of practice,but your inclusive and interesting way of teaching has convinced me I will eventually be able to play well.
Hearing you and Rhys play and sing All Through the Night was beautiful.I wasn’t my usual chirpy self because I’m off to hospital for a procedure tomorrow. However, the morning with you really raised my spirits.
I’m delighted with my harp and look forward to many pleasant hours with it. I especially loved the squirrels on it.
We both enjoyed our time in Wales.
“I had an amazing time - thank you.Can't believe how much you can pick up in 1st lesson.Love my harp”
please be aware that these courses are suitable for complete beginners to harp and music.