The United Kingdom Harp Association is celebrating 50 years in 2014.
It's run by volunteers and relies on members to keep the organisation thriving.... so if you are a harpist in the UK and are not yet a member pleasejoin and support this organisation!
It's for any harpist - whether you are a student, professional, harp business... basically anyone who loves the instrument and has a keen interest in all things harpy. We are a nationwide association covering the whole of the United Kingdom
You can also support the UKHA by buying a set of these fundraising greeting cards; beautiful images from UKHA members to celebrate 50 years of our organisation. They are only £5 per set of 4 cards, and the cards are really good quality and can be bought online here
Well the silly season has well and truly arrived. I did my first orchestral Christmas concert on Sunday... yes the 17th November!! The earliest time in the year I have ever played "We Wish you a Merry Christmas" sitting on a stage next to a 13 foot snowman.
A bizarre end to a manic week of concerts with the RLPO of Debussy La Mer, La Valse, Ravel Alborado del Grazioso, a recital with my good friend (and gorgeous soprano), Anna-Clare Monk and a couple of solo harp childrens school workshops thrown in for good measure.
My music stand is bulging with music to practice for the next month and I'm on the Barroca and vitamin tablets already to get me through the season.
A countdown of Britten Ceremony of Carols, Nutcracker Cadenzas, Carol concerts with the RLPO, Raymond Briggs' The Snowman children concerts and a Harp Duo seasonal spectacular recital thrown in for good measure.
And according to the Daily Express, we are due for 100 days of snow!!!!
Bring on the Mince Pies.
Regular HARPYNESS readers might have noticed that I haven't been blogging that much since January 2017. That's because my elderly father was diagnosed with dementia then. His care is shared between my sister and myself. This has meant my available blogging time on this website has been significantly reduced. As and when I can write a new harp blog, I will do!
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