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!)
10:00 - 11:15 - T1:
More than the Melody (ALL) back to top
Playing music with other people is one of the BEST things about playing an instrument!
It can, however, be a little daunting sometimes, especially when you're not quite sure...
well, exactly what to play! How do some people seem to just know how to magic up a beautiful
accompaniment seemingly out of nowhere?!
Never fear, it's not as hard as you think! In this class, we'll be looking at some
simple ways to create easy but effective accompaniments spread across both hands that
will work with melody instruments - be it a flute-playing friend or your own voice.
10:00 - 11:15 L1:
Perform with Pizzazz (ALL) back to top
You've spent hours practising some brilliant new music but when it comes to finally sharing
it with an 'audience', be it 1 or 101 does it somehow never go quite to plan or sound as
good as it does when you're practising by yourself?
Or maybe it does, but you'd like to relax and enjoy your performance a little bit more?
In this session we'll discuss how to prepare to perform to others and share your music
without letting any doubts or performance anxiety get in the way, looking at specific
techniques to help.
11:30 - 12:45 T2:
Lever Boot Camp - level 1...! (B-I) back to top
The levers on our harps are a wonderful invention and increase hugely the range of
music that we can play. But do you find yourself tensing up at the very idea of... (eep!)
changing a lever in the middle of a piece?!
If this sounds familiar, this class is for you! Join us to learn some tips and tricks for making
lever changing a little less daunting. We'll start small - inserting a lever change
into an easy tune and making sure we're /really comfortable/ with it, before looking
at lever technique (how to we stop unwanted noise?!) and some practice ideas.
This course is open to all, but specifically aimed at beginners and early
intermediate players who'd like to either get started with or just get more confident with their lever changing.
Want MORE? Check out the 'Lever Boot Camp - level 2' for more advanced lever techniques...!
11:30 - 12:45 L2:
Minnesänger - medieval German music (I) back to top
From the 12th to the 14th centuries 'Minnesängers' (German/Austrian poet-musicians)
were hard at work writing beautiful courtly love songs. Shrouded in mystery as little
biographical or historical information survives, they strike a romantic image and luckily
for us a few of these ancient melodies survive. Come along to learn some of them and discover
these fascinating musicians from the past.
14:00 - 15:15 T3:
Eep! Jazz! What now...?! (B-I)back to top
If you've ever looked longingly at a lead sheet for your favourite jazz tune
and thought 'oh, but I'm not sure I really get this... maybe I'll try again later'
(and then never do, we've all been there!) - then this is the course for you!
Whilst it's (sadly) true that some pieces really don't work on the lever harp,
there are many that DO!
This course will introduce you to how to interpret a lead sheet: why do they
sometimes seem to work and sometimes not? How do we know if we need to change a
lever?! Is D-7#9b13 a chord or a strong password?!
You do not require a lot of theory to take this course - we will review basic
chords and 7ths chords and how they work. Do, however, bring a pencil and possibly
some manuscript paper to take notes if you need to!
An exclusive chance to take a mini masterclass with the award-winning harpist Lucy Nolan!
This class is designed for a small group in which each participant brings a piece they
would like to improve to play to the group and then discuss and work on with Lucy.
In order for everyone to get the most out of this class, numbers will be strictly limited
and available on a first come, first served basis. Other participants may join as observers -
once the class is full tickets will be available as 'observer only' places.
Observing a masterclass is hugely rewarding even if you're not playing yourself. Don't
miss this brilliant opportunity to learn from one of the best!
15:15 - 16:00 MG2:
Tea + Harps + Chat (ALL) back to top
We all need a break from playing - join us in the common room before the tea concert to
meet other attendees and have a relaxed chat about, well, anything really!
16:00 - 17:00 C1:
Informal Tea Concert (ALL) back to top
Join Lucy and Tamsin for a relaxed late-afternoon performance and see just how
versatile the harp can be as they share their very diffferent approaches to the instrument.
Rise and Shine - come and say hello before the second day's activities!
10:00 - 11:15 T4
Lever Boot Camp - level 2...! (I-A) back to top
One or two lever changes not enough for you?
Tamsin has been described variously as 'the Queen of lever changes' and 'that girl who changes levers like a BOSS'.
Whilst she may dispute these claims, it's true that she has definitely pushed the boundaries of what
is often thought possible on a lever harp.
In this class she'll be sharing some of the techniques she uses to make very fast
lever changes, as well as how to have control over wanted and unwanted lever noises -
sometimes you want a lever slide; sometimes you really don't!
We'll also look at how to think outside the box when it comes to choosing lever changes,
as well as looking at practice techniques for learning multiple ones in a piece.
Check out this video to see an example of what can be possible...!
The luscious music of 'Romance Anonimo' was originally written for guitar, and luckily
for us its flowing melodic lines fit beautifully on the harp. With no composer attributed
to the music we are left guessing as to the identity of the person for whom this yearning melody was written.
This class is for you if you and your harp would like to be transported to romantic
Spain or just want to learn a gorgeous new tune.
Jazz is becomingly increasingly popular as a style of music to be played on the lever harp.
But with it not being a 'traditional' jazz instrument it can be a little intimidating at first!
In keeping with this year's theme of 'Autumn Leaves', we'll be looking at the Jazz standard
of the same name. From interpreting the lead sheet to fitting in the lever changes,
join us for a more in-depth look at how to arrange a jazz standard to fit with your
style of playing (hint, there's not just one way!).
On a technical level, the piece is (depending on how you arrange it) 'intermediate-advanced'
but anyone with an interest in seeing how jazz arrangement is done is welcome to join us -
there will be plenty for ALL participants to practise in their own time after the class!
Cornwall is well known for its stunning coastlines and countryside but perhaps less
commonly recognised for its musical output. There is a wealth of exquisite Cornish
songs out there and they fit well on the harp. Intrigued?! Then this is the class for you!
13:30 - 1500 - Show and Tell + Presentation of Transpennine Harps' activities MG4 (ALL) back to top
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.