Past Events



Harp Carolling Rehearsal and Gathering

On Saturday 4th of November, a small group of harpists came together at the John Leckie Pavillion in Nedlands to play through some Christmas music in preparation for the Christmas performance scheduled for the 2nd of November. The group consisted of President Shamarra, treasurer Jane, secretary Catherine and two of Jane's students. Vice-president Eliza led the group. The Christmas songs were arranged by Sylvia Woods. Once a song could be played confidently on the harp, some players were brave enough to sing along. Most songs were in English but Eliza taught the group how to pronounce the French lyrics of the song "Entre le Boeuf". We had a small audience consisting of family members and friends. Following the gathering, afternoon was served (Fred's famous sandwhiches were - as usual - a popular choice!).



2017 AGM & Harps Gathering

What a fabulous turn-out we had for our AGM and harps gathering on Saturday 12th of August despite the wet and windy weather! After setting up in the cozy Mary Lockett Hall of Christ Church in Claremont, we held the AGM where our new committee was officially elected. We thanked past president Jane McCabe for her incredible work and spirit, and acknowledged past committee Fred Brewer for his endless work and compassionate attitude by awarding him an Honourary Life Membership.

Following the AGM we had the first harps gathering of this financial year. Due to illness, Bronwyn Wallis was unable to lead the group. Vice-president Eliza consequently led the harpists (of literally all ages and levels) through some warm-ups and then through the set repertoire, which included both harp-only pieces and harp and singing songs. Member Kira Gunn also performed two solos for everybody.

Afternoon tea was served at the back of the hall after the gathering.

 



Youth Harp Festival

It is amazing seeing so many young harpists participate in our annual event, the Youth Harp Festival. This year's festival was held on the 17th of June at the beautiful Dr Robert Braham Music Auditorium at Trinity College. Anthony Maydwell was the adjudicator. Well done to everyone who performed, especially the winners:

Junior Solo Category

1st place: Aasha Bianchini

Highly Commended: Alicia Gerval

Grade 1-3 Solo Category

1st place: Sarah Roseboom

Highly Commended: Luisa Puliafito and Ruby McLellan

Grade 4-6 Solo Category

1st place: Christopher Leak

Highly Commended: Alicia Tan

Grade 7 Solo

1st place: Kira Gunn

Self-Accompaniment Category

Highly Commended: Jillian Bretto

Mixed Chamber Ensemble Category

Highly Commended: Maia Bowling (harp) & Nicoletta Hay (violin)



Harp Camp 2017

 

Over the June long week-end, a bunch of harpists gathered at the Woodman Point Camp site near Fremantle for the annual harp camp. The week-end was spent playing a lot of harp (unsurprisingly), making friends, singing, and eating delicious food cooked by committee member Daniella Bretto. We had two harpists leading us into various workshops and master classes: Catherine Ashley (from Perth) and Jacinta Dennett (our guest harpist from Melbourne). Both these respected professionals and teachers gave advice, tips and insights into playing the harp.

We would like to thank Jacinta and Catherine for sharing their expertise with us; the committee for their hard work in organising and putting on this camp; and for all harpists who attended!

 

 

 



 

WA Youth Harp Festival 2016

 

        Congratulations to our winners!!!

 

Section

Winning Student

Junior Section ~ Students that do not have 1st Grade standard

Alicia Gerval

Highly Commended

Hayley Hage, Harry Haney, Ahsa Bianchini, Harriet Kenworthy,Saffron Greig, Alice Briggs

Grades 1 to 3

Alicia Tan

Highly Commended

Monique Swann,  Alana Levingston, Luisa Pauliafito

Grades 4 to 6

Mina Mitric

Highly Commended

Maia Bowling

Grades 7, 8 and Open

Kira Gunn

Harp Duets

Sophie Vo & Amelie Jaysundera

Highly Commended

Baci Alder & Hayley Hage

 

 

 



 

Alice Giles Visits WA in April 2016

 
"The most intelligent, sensitive and technically accomplished harpist I have ever met." Luciano Berio

Alice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. First Prize winner of the 8th Israel International Harp Contest, she has performed extensively as soloist word-wide. Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, solo recitals include London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street 'Y' and Merkin Hall and Frankfurt Alte Oper. She is a frequent guest at international music festivals and as soloist with orchestra, with regular tours and master classes in Europe, North America and Asia. As recipient of an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship she performed at Mawson Station in 2011 to commemorate the Centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition. She is director of the Seven Harp Ensemble, and Artistic Director of the World Harp Congress, Sydney July 2014.  www.alicegiles.com

And what a treat we have had.  Thank you to everyone who help make the three concerts at All Saints College Chapel in Perth, St Paul's in Harvey and St Boniface Cathedral in Bunbury the huge success it has been.

To Alice, once again, you are an amazing lady and we all feel very privileged to have met and worked with you over the past week.  Safe journey home and please come back soon!!!

 



 

Alice Giles At Harp Camp 23rd to 25th April 2016

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Alice Giles All Saints College Concert 26th April 2016

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Alice Giles Harvey Concert 27th April 2016

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Alice Giles Bunbury Concert 28th April 2016

 

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Harp Camp 2016

 

Harp Camp 2016 was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Alice Giles was an amazing inspiration for both our young and more experienced Harpists.

Comments like

“This is the best camp I have ever been on!”

Parent feedback

“My Daughter came home from harp camp and practiced for 2 hours!”

Are testament to the inspiration of meeting and working with Alice and the Harp Society team.

Jane, Catherine, Fred, Ella and Eliza, thank you for your leadership, music selection, workshops and concert.

Daniela, Jodie, John and Liam, thank you for keeping us all very well fed, even when the challenge of having no power and gas to work with arose, you never lost your cool and produced the most delicious food.

Alice, words cannot tell you how grateful we are for having had this very special weekend full with your inspiration, knowledge and guidance.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

To ALL who attended, thank you for an awesome weekend!!!!

 

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