FREE (mostly!) 10th Family Harp Weekend – 11th and 12th September 2021

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What can you expect in this online event?

Workshops for harpists, a workshop for anyone wanting to learn the harp (you don’t even need a harp!), a session for children who enjoy music and stories, harp craft activities, a solo concert, a harp ensemble showcase concert and the weekend also marks the official launch of Shelley’s brand new album ‘Alone Together’ (which you can pre-order >>HERE<<)

Not a harpist? There is plenty in store for you! 

Over the weekend you will be able to hear Shelley Fairplay perform at the Sunday night concert with the concert pedal harp, Celtic harp and a modern day golden electric harp with effects pedals, be introduced to the harp a the ‘Hands NOT on harps’ session virtually (you will need to download an app for this, see below), share the joy of the harp with your children in ‘The Happy Harpist’ session which includes an introduction to the harp, songs and storytelling,  you will be able to download a PDF image and follow a guided video to make your very own harp mask (aimed at children but everyone welcome!) and also watch a mini concert showcasing the 4 collaboration videos created by the global Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble. Further details on all these events are below!

All the above events are FREE!

Are you a harpist?There is plenty in store for you! 

Do you already play the harp? Brilliant! You are invited to take FREE pre-recorded video ‘taster’ lessons
throughout both days
(6 in total), A FREE one hour live ensemble workshop (Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble style and also you are invited to join Shelley’s LIVE online IMMERSION COURSE on Sunday 12th where we learn the brand new piece Henrietta’s Dream as a solo alongside exploring 50+ ways to play a C chord (with ideas ranging from easy peasy to the totally fanciful!). The IMMERSION is charged, with a special harp weekend offer, you can use the discount FHW10 to take £10 off at the checkout. Full details on the IMMERSION course and details on how to sign up are >>HERE<<.

You are also invited to join any of the other events taking place over the weekend listed above, including the Saturday night Ensemble showcase and Shelley’s Sunday night concert.

How to take part!

  1. Sign up to my mailing list (by entering your email below and pressing the subscribe button to make sure you get all details you will need in the run up to the harp weekend.


  2. Sign up to the Facebook Event Page by clicking >>HERE<<. All the workshops, concerts and various announcements will be shared via this page.
  3. Harpist wishing to access the IMMERSION course sign up via this page >>HERE<< you will automatically receive a confirmation via email and on Friday 10th September Shelley will send you the link for the Ruzuku Class so you can sign up ready for the live session on the SUNDAY weekend.
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Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2021

The 10th Family Harp Weekend

ONLINE EVENT – almost all events FREE! 

This harp weekend is usually at the beautiful National Botanic Garden of Wales.

For 8 years running the National Botanic Garden of Wales have hosted a Family Harp Weekend, organised by Shelley Fairplay, a harpist who is deeply passionate about engaging people with the harp and the hugely diverse music it has to offer.

Refusing to let COVID-19 stop her spreading the sound and joy of the harp, last year,  Shelley Fairplay hosted the 9th Harp Weekend event via Facebook. This year Shelley is delighted to once again offer the event online.

Come and join us for the 10th annual family harp weekend NOT at the National Botanic Garden of Wales!

What can you expect during this online event?

Workshops for harpists, a workshop for anyone wanting to learn the harp (you don’t even need a harp!), a session for children who enjoy music and stories, harp craft activities, a solo concert, a harp ensemble showcase concert and the weekend also marks the official launch of Shelley’s brand new album ‘Alone Together’ (which you can pre-order >>HERE<<)

Not a harpist? There is plenty in store for you! 

Over the weekend you will be able to hear Shelley Fairplay perform at the Sunday night concert with the concert pedal harp, Celtic harp and a modern day golden electric harp with effects pedals, be introduced to the harp a the ‘Hands NOT on harps’ session virtually (you will need to download an app for this, see below), share the joy of the harp with your children in ‘The Happy Harpist’ session which includes an introduction to the harp, songs and storytelling,  you will be able to download a PDF image and follow a guided video to make your very own harp mask (aimed at children but everyone welcome!) and harp crown, and also watch a mini concert showcasing the 4 collaboration videos created by the global Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble. Further details on all these events are below!

All the above events are FREE!

Are you a harpist? There is plenty in store for you! 

Do you already play the harp? Brilliant! You are invited to take FREE pre-recorded video ‘taster’ lessons throughout both days (6 in total), A FREE one hour live ensemble workshop (Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble style) and also you are invited to join Shelley’s LIVE online IMMERSION COURSE on Sunday 12th where we learn the brand new piece Henrietta’s Dream as a solo alongside exploring 50+ ways to play a C chord (with ideas ranging from easy peasy to the totally fanciful!). The IMMERSION is charged, with a special harp weekend offer, you can use the discount FHW10 to take £10 off at the checkout. Full details on the IMMERSION course and details on how to sign up are >>HERE<<.

You are also invited to join any of the other events taking place over the weekend listed above, including the Saturday night Ensemble showcase and Shelley’s Sunday night concert.

How to take part!

  1. Sign up to my mailing list (by entering your email below and pressing the subscribe button to make sure you get all details you will need in the run up to the harp weekend.


  2. Sign up to the Facebook Event Page by clicking >>HERE<<. All the workshops, concerts and various announcements will be shared via this page.
  3. Harpist wishing to access the IMMERSION course sign up via this page >>HERE<<.You will automatically receive a confirmation via email and on Friday 10th September Shelley will send you the link for the Ruzuku Class so you can sign up ready for the live session on the SUNDAY weekend.

Runtime of events:

SATURDAY 11th September 2021

10.00am – Welcome and Saturday Overview Video goes live on Facebook.

10.30am – ‘Pop with Pizazz Taster Class’ goes live on facebook FREE online session for Harpists.

11.00am – ‘The Happy Harpist’ 2020 replay goes live on Facebook (Please note this has been moved from Sunday 12th)

11.45am – CD launch for Shelley’s brand new album ‘Alone Together’ (pre-order available >HERE<)

12.15pm – First share of ‘Make your Own Harp Mask’ video goes live on Facebook.

1pm – ‘START HARP 1 Taster Class’  goes live on facebook FREE online session for Harpists.

2.00pm – Introduction to the harp in the ‘Hands (not!) on harps. Two devices will be required, one to stream the teaching video (e.g. computer, tablet) and the second a smart phone to operate app on, the app will need to be downloaded in advance for apple devices >>HERE<<and for android devices >>HERE<<.

3pm  – ‘START HARP 2 Taster Class’  goes live on facebook FREE online session for Harpists.

4pm ‘Flourishing Harpist Taster Class’ goes live on facebook FREE online session for Harpists.

5pm – ‘IMMERSION taster class’ the hands together challenge! Goes live on facebook FREE online session for Harpists.

8.00pm  – Mini concert for the 10th Harp Weekend, showcasing all four of the Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble global collaboration videos! 

8.30pm – come and join this one hour LIVE Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble style workshop to learn the ensemble version of ‘Henrietta’s Dream’! This will take place in ZOOM.

SUNDAY 12th September 2021:

10.00am – Welcome and Sunday Overview video goes live on Facebook

10.30am – ‘Modes Reloaded Taster Class‘ goes live on facebook FREE online session for Harpists.

11.00am – Premier of ‘The Happy Harpist 2021′ including Henrietta the Hedgehog, a video for young children, including story and songs, released on Facebook. (Please note this has been moved from Saturday 11th)

11.45am – Video sharing further details on Shelley’s brand new album ‘Alone Together’. You can pre-order the CD >>HERE<<.

12.15pm – ‘Make your Own Harp Crown’ video goes live on Facebook (2020 replay)

1pm – ‘START HARP 3 Taster Class’  goes live on facebook FREE online session for Harpists.

2.00pm  – Introduction to the harp and ‘Hands (not!) on harps. Two devices will be required, one to stream the teaching video and the second a smart phone to operate app on, the app will need to be downloaded in advance for apple devices >>HERE<<and for android devices >>HERE<<.

3.00pm to 5.00pm –  LIVE and INTERACTIVE FAIRPLAY IMMERSION CLASS in ZOOM where we learn the brand new piece Henrietta’s Dream as a solo alongside exploring 50+ ways to play a C chord (with ideas ranging from easy peasy to the totally fanciful!). Full details of the IMMERSION available >>HERE<<.

8.00pm – Online Concert with Shelley Fairplay, sharing videos created at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and at Ratio Studios this summer!

All events are FREE except for the LIVE IMMERSION class on Sunday, which costs £35, as a special harp weekend offer you can use the code FHS10 at the checkout for a £10 discount. Full details and sign up can be found >>HERE<<

For the NOT hands on harps session there is an app (third party, not in anyway connected to Shelley Fairplay or the National Botanic Garden of Wales) that you can download in advance if you would like to.

How to take part!

  1. Sign up to my mailing list (by entering your email below and pressing the subscribe button to make sure you get all details you will need in the run up to the harp weekend.


  2. Sign up to the Facebook Event Page by clicking >>HERE<<. All the workshops, concerts and various announcements will be shared via this page.
  3. Harpist wishing to access the IMMERSION course sign up via this page >>HERE<< you will automatically receive a confirmation via email and on Friday 10th September Shelley will send you the link for the Ruzuku Class so you can sign up ready for the live session on the SUNDAY weekend.