You asked, we listened! We were SO intent on jumping straight in last year that
we realise we didn't give everyone enough time to get to know each other.
The morning 'Meet & Greet' sessions are a time for us to introduce ourselves,
say hello to old friends, and generally enjoy each other's company before the classes begin.
(If you're not a morning person, don't worry - attendance is not obligatory!)
So, you've just started the harp (or maybe you've been learning for a while
but you're not super confident) and you've got a nice tune you can play.
But... what about an accompaniment?!
It is pretty easy these days to find either sheet music for a particular tune, or to
pick something out by ear using a YouTube video. But so often it can be
hard to find an arrangement that suits you exactly - maybe it's for a
bigger harp, or maybe it's just got too many notes, or maybe you just don't like the versions you find out there...!
In this workshop we'll be looking at how to go from 'tune' to 'arrangement',
using some simple techniques that can be elaborated on as you progress. Remember,
more isn't always more - the simplest of arrangements can often be the most beautiful!
We'll be learning a short tune by ear (though printed music will be provided) and then
going through it and discussing how we might add a simple accompanying part.
This course is for beginners or those who simply lack the confidence to
try their own arranging - remember, there ARE no 'wrong notes' if you've
written the arrangement yourself!
10:00 - 11:00 L1
- Finger Twisters (take 2!) (ALL) back to top
Due to the sellout success of our Finger Twisters class last year, Finger Twisters returns, bolder and with even more finger twisting challenges. Short snappy exercises that focus on developing and improving techniques we are likely to have
to use in pieces, this class is designed for anyone and everyone who would like to revamp their harp technique so they can play with more control and more confidence and flair. All participants will receive a handout of challenges covered
which should be enough to spice up your warm ups for weeks to come.
11:15 - 12:15 T2
- How to make a (good) harp video (ALL) back to top
Whether you're wanting to be the next YouTube sensation, take an exam, or just show
your friends and family what you've been learning, there are some very simple
tricks you can learn to make your videos better!
No special equipment is required (we will be discussing things you might like
to get, depending on your budget). We will be having a look at some of the basics
of video editing using some free software, as well as tips on microphones, lighting and
how-not-to-panic-when-you-need-20s-takes (relax, it's normal!).
PLEASE NOTE that due to the short time available and the variety of
platforms/operating systems attendees will be using, this session will not be a tutorial
on how to use a particular piece of software - there will be general instructions that
apply to all types of film editing programmes that you can try out later
on whatever you're most familiar with, and Tamsin will do her best to answer questions!
Here at Transpennine we have had the joy of exploring many folk songs
from the rich Scottish and Irish heritage over the last year but we
less commonly turn to the riches offered by composers from England's 'green and
pleasant land'. Join Lucy to investigate what those 'English folk' had to offer
in arrangements of English folk music for harp.
13:30 - 14:30 X1
- How not to break your harp...! A talk by Mark Sharp, head of production at Teifi Harpsback to top
There is nothing (at least, we've not found anything) that this man does not know about harps,
how to make them and how to maintain them! Whether you're new to the harp or a seasoned player,
we're sure you'll learn something new about how to care for your beloved instrument.
15:00 - 16:00 T3
- A Japanese Adventure (I) FULLY BOOKEDback to top
From the Pennines to Mt Fuji - come with Tamsin on a journey to Japan to learn
about some of the traditional music of this fascinating culture, and how to play
one or two (depending on time!) of their most popular folk tunes on your harp.
15:00 - 16:00 L3
- Practice makes perfect...? (B) back to top
Where to begin and how to structure that all important practice time.
We've all heard of the importance of practice. Whilst there is no such thing
as perfection, especially not in music there are definitely ways to approach a
piece at the beginning that make all those dots and lines on the page seem slightly
less daunting and makes our practice seem more manageable and most importantly
more enjoyable and productive! If you are new to the harp or need some top
tips to structure your practice sessions this is the class for you!
Take a break from learning and come join us in the virtual common room for a cuppa,
a piece of cake (sorry, you'll have to bring your own!) and a relaxed and sociable chat with everyone!
17:30 - 19:00 C1
- Livestream concert/Q & A session back to top
Join Lucy and Tamsin for a relaxed evening performance and Q & A session - this is your chance
to ask a harpist that question you've always wanted to know the answer to...!
(do we have tattoos? Know how to climb a rope upside down? Have a secret love of Neon lighting?!)
Join us all with your morning coffee (even bring your breakfast if you like, we won't judge!)
to say hello before classes begin!
Bach is one of those composers whose music is, sadly, notoriously fiendish
to play on the lever harp. But there is slightly easier repertoire available
to us from a slightly unlikely source - his famous Cello Suite in G.
You might think that, only consisting of one line that these pieces might
sound 'thin' on the harp - but not a bit of it! In fact, the resonance of the
harp only serves to enhance the harmony of these masterfully constructed studies
which are incredibly rewarding to play.
In this advanced workshop we'll be taking a look at how to tackle the first and
most well-known of Bach's Cello Suites in G - the Prelude. We'll examine its structure
and discuss different ways of approaching the piece, looking at the fingering
in particularly tricky sections, and how (and where) to fit in the lever changes!
Pre-dating any of the Western World's current notation practices, the medieval songs
composed in 13th century Spain known as 'cantigas' have intrigued music
historians for years with their hidden subtleties in their texts and
elusive notation. Go on a journey to discover the history of this
ancient music style and learn new music arranged for harp inspired by their artistry.
11:15 - 12:15 T5
- Join our Vitual Ensemble (ALL) back to top
You've seen them going round the internet at least a million times over lockdown -
choirs, orchestras, even sea shanties! Whether you're an old hand at internet videos or whether
you've always wanted to partake but didn't know where to start, DO join us to take part in our virtual ensemble!
We will be looking at a tune specially commissioned by Transpennine Harps
last year to celebrate managing to stay together as a group over lockdown.
(This piece is also playable as a solo so you'll get a new tune as well!)
We'll being by learning the piece (there are parts for ALL levels, even absolute beginners) and then
we'll go step-by-step through the process of recording/videoing your part (no special
equipment required - you will need headphones when recording, but not
necessarily for the class) so you can send it to Tamsin to edit together into a virtual harp choir!
11:15 - 12:15 L5
South Indian Explorations (ALl) back to top
South Indian (Carnatic) music revolves around the voice and even instruments
are intended to be played in a singing style. Despite having a strong
improvisation tradition, typically it is taught through compositions
(kriti) so what better way to begin exploring this rich musical
style on our harps than through learning a beautiful Carnatic composition?!
Lucy has spent years collaborating with the Carnatic singer, Supriya Nagarajan,
with performances ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to Jaipur Literature Festival
to for the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace. Join her to learn about the
basics of Carnatic music and discover an arrangement of a traditional South
Indian composition all about the moon.
An opportunity to get together with everyone who's been attending the Festival and
discuss what you've learned. Those that would like to will have the opportunity to play everyone
a piece from the weekend in a supportive atmosphere!
This session is FREE for all Festival attendees - everyone will
receive the link closer to the event.