EnglishCardiff Camac harp Weekend
Telynau Vining Harps logo Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March 2016
an exciting weekend of harp activities at the
Conferencing and Hospitality Suite
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
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Exhibition of harps
Our exhibition at the 2015 Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend

Event Flyer cover Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend
 

Tutors

Elinor Bennett
Catrin Finch
Gwenan Gibbard
Meinir Heulyn
Gwenllian Llyr
Eleanor Turner
Amanda Whiting

Events

Harp exhibition
Workshops
Masterclasses
Hands-on-harps for beginners
Talks
Evening concert

Click here for PDF Brochure and Click here for PDF Booking Form

 

Welcome to our second Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend.

Last year’s weekend – headlined by Deborah Henson-Conant’s live webcast from the States and Shelley Fairplay’s Three Strands concert – was such a success that we were encouraged to arrange a follow-up.

This year we have an amazing array of talent: just look at who’s coming! And there is something to suit all ages – children and adults; all grades – from complete starters to professional harpists; and all styles – from classical to jazz and traditional music.

Our Saturday evening concert this year will feature two of the UK’s best young harpists: Gwenllian Llŷr will take us on a musical journey across the world from the rolling hills of Wales to the canals of Venice and the busy nightlife of New York. And to conclude the concert, Amanda Whiting and her trio, The Whiting on the Wall, will perform an exciting repertoire of jazz standards and some of their own compositions.

Elinor Bennett, Catrin Finch and Gwenllian Llŷr will be giving masterclasses for different grades. These are free, but places for those wishing to perform are strictly limited so contact me early if you would like to put your name down.

As ever, we are indebted to our friends from Camac France for their unstinting support. Once again, this year, we are able to offer owners of Camac harps free harp regulations by Camac’s own technician; but places are limited, so please book early (the first 10 slots are reserved for those booking a weekend/ day ticket or a ticket for the Saturday evening concert).

We hope you enjoy the weekend and look forward to welcoming you in person.

Best wishes
Elen Vining

 
timetable: Saturday 12th March 2016
Time Event Tutor/Performer/Provider
08.30 - 09.00 Registration click names for biographies

09.00 - 19.00 Exhibition of Camac Harps
An opportunity to view & try our range of harps
Telynau Vining
Camac Harps

09.00 - 19.00
Free harp servicing by Camac Harp Technician *
This is a very special opportunity for you to have your Camac harp serviced free of charge by a Camac technician. These services would normally cost £60.00 for a lever harp or £140.00 for a pedal harp but on this occasion Camac is generously sending one of their technicians over to attend to your servicing needs free of charge.
Please note that any strings or levers replaced will be charged for.
* To book your Camac harp in for a free regulation phone Elen on 029 20 620900.
Camac Harp Technician

09.00 - 11.00
Harp magic with Eleanor Turner ~ Beginner to Grade 1
Pick a chord, any chord! A fun class for you if you’ve taken your very first steps learning the harp and would like to play together with other beginners, learn some new tricks and step up to the next level with an inspiring tutor.
Eleanor Turner

09.00 - 11.00
Improvisation and what the chords mean ~ Grade 5 and above
A class which looks at how to improvise: starting with an easy blues, we will look at the three main chords from which we will improvise in a group context; looking at phrases, ideas, shapes which will inform your approach to improvisation.
Amanda Whiting

11.15 - 13.15
Thumbs up with Catrin ~ Beginner to Grade 4
Catrin’s first class will be for less advanced students and will be a chance for everyone to play together in an informal setting. Please bring your harp along because there will be technical exercises, improvisation, rhythmic and melodic practice, and a chance to ask any questions you might have about playing the harp!
Catrin Finch

11.15 - 13.15
Masterclass for Grade 7 and above
Elinor Bennett invites young harpists to present one work of their own choice for an open lesson in the masterclass. The work must be up to performance standard and the student will be expected to introduce the work by giving interesting and relevant details about the piece and about the composer's life and work. Particular attention will be given to musical interpretation and communication with the audience.
Elinor Bennett

11.15 - 12.15
The story of the harp in Wales ~ All welcome
A lively and informative talk on the history of the harp in Wales from one of Wales’ most experienced and engaging harpists. Meinir will give an informal overview of Wales’ national instrument and its place in our culture from medieval times to the present day. The talk is brought to life with the music of eminent Welsh composers and performers, including Robert ap Huw, John Parry, Edward Jones, John Thomas and William Mathias, played on the Celtic, triple and pedal harps.
Meinir Heulyn

14.00 - 16.00
Playing with the band ~ Grade 5 and above
Come along and jam with The Whiting on the Wall trio: a blues workshop which will allow you to experience playing with a rhythm section and the buzz of improvising in a group.
Amanda Whiting

14.00 - 16.00
Welsh folk music: easy ~ Grade 1 to Grade 3
A chance to learn new arrangements of Welsh folk and dance tunes.
Gwenan Gibbard

14.00 - 16.00
Masterclass for Grade 6 and above
This will be a masterclass for more advanced students, where they will be expected to perform a piece to an audience, after which Catrin will comment accordingly. There will be chance for everyone to hear some technical tips and hopefully learn some new exercises to take home.
Catrin Finch

16.15 - 18.15
Welsh folk music: advanced ~ Grade 4 and above
A chance to learn new arrangements of Welsh folk and dance tunes.
Gwenan Gibbard

16.15 - 18.15 Let’s go round again! ~ Grade 3 to Grade 5
You’re at that stage…your pieces are getting longer and harder and it feels like a bit of an uphill struggle at times! Going over things again and again can feel like ‘one step forward and two steps back’ so it’s important to keep it fun, creative and engaging. Eleanor is expert in creative practice techniques that keep the music fresh and nurture a feeling of moving forward, even when enjoying the ‘scenic route’!
Eleanor Turner

18.15 - 19.00 Pre-concert reception: bar available  
19.00 - 21.00 Concert  
     

Gwenllian Llŷr
Take off on a musical journey across the world with Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llŷr, who is quickly gaining international recognition for her energetic and charismatic performances. From the rolling hills of Wales to the canals of Venice and the busy nightlife of New York, the first half of our evening concert will whet your appetite for your next summer holiday.

Gwenllian Llŷr
         
      The Whiting on the Wall
(Amanda Whiting and her trio)

Jazz trio The Whiting on the Wall met whilst studying for their Master’s degrees at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The trio has received great acclaim and has found “a fresh new sound that transports you to afternoons of sunshine.” In 2015 they performed at the prestigious Edinburgh International Harp Festival and released their first CD Butterflies. They are now working on new material for their second CD.
The Whiting on the Wall
Amanda Whiting – harp Tony Robinson – drums Deej Williams – bass

timetable: Sunday 13th March 2016
Time Event Tutor/Performer/Provider
08.30 - 09.00 Registration click names for biographies

09.00 - 16.30 Exhibition of Camac Harps
An opportunity to view & try our range of harps
Telynau Vining
Camac Harps

09.00 - 16.30
Free harp servicing by Camac Harp Technician *
This is a very special opportunity for you to have your Camac harp serviced free of charge by a Camac technician. These services would normally cost £60.00 for a lever harp or £140.00 for a pedal harp but on this occasion Camac is generously sending one of their technicians over to attend to your servicing needs free of charge.
Please note that any strings or levers replaced will be charged for.
* To book your Camac harp in for a free regulation phone Elen on 029 20 620900.
Camac Harp Technician

09.00 - 11.00 Hands-on-Harp *** Harps will be provided *** No previous experience required
Have you always wanted to try the harp? Then this is the class for you! Join Gwenllian for a session of harping, where you’ll learn about the strings, levers and hand position, as well as performing together at the end of the session. There’s no need for any prior experience and we’ll provide the harp, so there’s no excuse not to join in the fun!
Gwenllian Llŷr

09.00 - 11.00 Singing with the harp ~ Grade 2 to Grade 3+
Come and sing with the harp and give self-accompaniment a try!
Gwenan Gibbard

09.00 - 11.00
A balancing act ~ Grade 6 to Grade 8
Are you ready to invest time and effort into conditioning your brain and body to produce innate physical responses to the challenges in your music? Perhaps you’re already relishing the discipline involved! Eleanor will teach you how to create personalised musical material (using modes, props, snippets of your pieces and rhythms from around the world) to build balance and symmetry into your playing – yes, on our asymmetric, unwieldy instrument! This will be a fun, flexible yet demanding class, taught by ear with a worksheet to use as a memory aid and take home at the end.
Eleanor Turner

11.30 - 13.30 An ensemble class for young harpists ~ All abilities
Come along to enjoy playing in an ensemble: music will be chosen to suit all abilities from beginners to intermediate standard, culminating in a performance at the end of the session. It’s great to be in a harp ensemble!
Meinir Heulyn

11.30 - 13.30

Practising technique: preparing for performance ~ Grade 4 and above
You will learn how to approach your practice, with tools that are useful whether you’re a beginner or advanced student. You will look at a brand new piece of music to examine the potential pitfalls and create a plan that you can apply to your own practising. There will be plenty of time to question Gwenllian about her own preparation for performance and competitions.

Gwenllian Llŷr

12.30 - 13.30 How to be a gigging harpist ~ All welcome
From preparation to performance: how to arrange your repertoire; how to prepare for gigs; how to work on requests; how to lengthen pieces; the repertoire you will need to know.
Amanda Whiting

14.30 - 16.30 Ensemble playing for adults ~ All abilities
Students of all abilities are invited to rehearse and perform a work in four parts during the weekend. Choose a part on the day to suit your ability and enjoy the satisfaction and fun of rehearsing in an ensemble alongside other harpists. Bring along your harpist friends for a memorable session!
Meinir Heulyn

14.30 - 16.30

Arranging music for the harp ~ Grade 6 and above
A class in which we open our ears and work out how songs are made; working out the tunes and the building blocks of harmony upon which we can add our own flavours to make our own unique sound.

Amanda Whiting

14.30 - 16.30

Masterclass for Grades 4-6
An opportunity to get a new perspective on a piece you know well, or to play a piece that is close to performance ready and you'd like advice on how to push it to the final stage.

Gwenllian Llŷr

Tickets and general information

Booking tickets
Tickets for the events and the evening concert may be booked by post using the booking form or on-line at www.camacharps.co.uk
(closing date 5 March 2016)

Masterclasses
The masterclasses are an opportunity for students to perform a piece (or part of a piece) in front of an audience and to have the benefit of constructive criticism and helpful advice from one of the tutors (Elinor Bennett, Catrin Finch or Gwenllian Llŷr). Each participant will have 20-30 minutes. There is no charge for the masterclasses, but places for those wishing to perform are limited. Please apply early by telephoning Elen on 029 2062 0900. Entry to the masterclasses for audience members is also free.

Camac harp regulations
A Camac harp technician will be available on both days for regulating Camac lever and pedal harps (not other makes). This is a free service, but replacement strings and levers will be charged for. Please note that places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. The first 10 spaces are reserved for those booking a weekend/day ticket or a concert ticket. Please book early to avoid disappointment by telephoning Elen on 029 2062 0900.

Hands-on-harps for beginners
The hands-on-harps course is designed for those who have never played a harp before and would like to try. It is suitable for children and adults of all ages. We will provide a harp for all participants on this introductory course.

Availability of harps
Please bring your own harp, stool and stand if you are participating in a workshop (except for the hands-on-harps course where a harp will be provided). If this is not possible, please contact us in advance as we will have a small number of harps available for loan on the day.

Information for parents/guardians
Parents/guardians of a child joining a class will be required to complete a form at registration with contact details in the event of illness, etc.

Venue
The venue is the Cardiff School of Management which is part of the Cardiff Metropolitan University campus on Western Avenue, Cardiff CF5 2YB. There is easy access direct from Western Avenue and you can unload your harp close to the venue.

Car parking
Car parking is available on the campus at a charge of £0.50 per day. Please make sure that you pay and display as soon as you arrive.

Refreshments
A café will be open until 14.30 both days. Coffee, tea, etc are available from vending machines.

Enquiries
All enquiries, please, to Elen Vining at Telynau Vining Harps

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