The objectives of the Harp Society of Western Australia Inc. are simply:

 

"To promote the enjoyment and benefits of the harp and harp playing in Western Australia!" 

 

The Harp Society strives to bring opportunities to Western Australia for harpists of all ages and abilities. Our regular Harps Gatherings bring together our diverse community in the spirit of joyful music making.


Upcoming events

Introduction to Therapeutic Harp Workshop with Tina Tourin

A workshop for anyone interested in learning to play harp to help and support others. Learn about playing for people in hospital, palliative care, aged care and a range of medical, care and therapeutic settings. This workshop will suit harpists and people who are at the beginning of their harp therapy journey, who may not have even touched a harp yet. This is a unique opportunity to meet Tina Tourin, who has played a huge role in developing therapeutic harp around the world. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet other people who are on the therapeutic harp journey.

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018. See the Upcoming events page for links to the flyer and registration form.

 

Information event: Stories from the Bedside - The Healing Power of Music

Tina Tourin will play some beautiful harp pieces and share her experiences as a therapeutic harp practitioner. This is a great opportunity to meet Tina Tourin and some Western Australian therapeutic harp players.

This event will be of interest to musicians and nonmusicians, health care and aged care volunteers and professionals, carers, teachers, music therapists and anyone with an interest in using sound and music to support people. Children are very welcome.


Sunday 6 May 2018, 3:00pm - 4:30pm at Solaris Cancer Care conference hall, 80 Railway St Cottelsoe
COST: Adults $10. Concession, children & Harp Society members $5.
RSVP by 5 May to: harpsocietywa@gmail.com

 

Last events

Harps Gathering, Tribute to O'Carolan

On Sunday 18th of March, harpists gathered at the John Leckie Pavillion in Nedlands to celebrate and pay tribute to Turlough O'Carolan, (one of) Ireland's most well-known harpist. Harp Society member Annette Donnelly MC'd the event by talking us through O'Carolan's life, and pictures of Ireland were projected onto the wall. The melodies played by the group of harpists included The Boys of Blue Hill, Carolan's Concerto, Morgan Magan, Fairy Reel and Lady Athenry.

 

Therapeutic Harp Weekend Workshop

with Alison Ware

Aspiring harp therapists enjoyed the professional teachings of Alison Ware at the Society's first ever Therapeutic Harp Weekend Workshop. Held at the peaceful Cancer Council centre in Shenton Park, the harpists (who had varied backgrounds and musical abilities) learnt about harp therapy, improvisation, how to approach a piece and other useful therapeutic elements. Many thanks to Alison Ware for coming out to Perth from Canberra to lead this workshop. Thanks to the participants for their efforts and enthusiasm; and thanks to the committee for organising this whole event, in particular Helen Punch, the main event coordinator. Our next harp therapy event will be in May.

 

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