The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy at National Botanical Garden of Wales Harp Weekend

Passion, Sorrow and Joy

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014

2.30pm Great Glasshouse Stage


 ”The Three Strands” concert forms part of the
National Botanical Garden of Wales “Harp Weekend 2014″


Throughout generations tales have been told of three musical strands. The details differ in each story, but they’re always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience. This is a tradition that’s not about ‘traditional music’, but a tradition of expression. Exploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

Come and hear Shelley entwine The Three Strands. You can expect a wide diversity of guests at this musical gathering; we meet with our Celtic forefathers, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Flamenco Dancers and even Axl Rose, Darth Vader and Dr Who will make an appearance!

Join this family weekend to hear The Three Strands, try the harp for the first time at a Hands on Harps workshop, become a Harp Detective, attend a Harps Uncovered demonstration and to enter our Draw the Harps in the Flowers competition.

Bring your friends and family to join Shelley at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday 5th July or Sunday 6th July. For further details please see the weekend timetable below!

Timetable of events:  5th and 6th July:

10.30am – Harp On desk opens in the Great Glasshouse

11.00am – Botanical Harp Music! 

11.45am – Hands on Harps – Come and try the harp for the first time!

12.45pm Tiny Hands on harps – Come and try the harp for the first time!

1.30pm – Ensemble music performed by Dynamic Harps

2.30pm –The Three Strands Harp Concert

3.45pm – Hands on Harps – Come and try the harp for the first time!

4.30pm – Harp Uncovered – Lecture/demonstration

All Day –  Harp detectives trail

All Day  – Draw harps in the flowers

Closes midnight 6th July  - Win a lap Harp Competition 

The competition is available via my Facebook page: Harpist Shelley Fairplay

Full Program of Events

10.30 – 4.30pm Harp On Desk – Great Glass House

Come along to the ‘Harp On’ desk to book your workshop space, pick up your harp detective trail sheet, to enter the ‘Draw the harps in the flowers Competition’ and to ask any questions you might have regarding the weekends events!

11.00am Botanical Harp Music! (30 minutes)

Program to include the Flower Duet, Down by the Salley Gardens, Waltz of the Flowers, The Last Rose of Summer and more!
Shelley performs in Wales and throughout the UK at recitals, weddings, orchestral concerts, parties, musicals and charity events. Inspired by the diversity of her musical experiences she enjoys performing a range of music genres from traditional and classical through to show, film, jazz and pop. Today you can expect to hear a musical selection reflecting this and also our natural surroundings in this beautiful garden. This is an open event so come along and have a listen!

11.45pm “Hands on Harps” Workshop (45 minutes)

Always wanted to try the harp? Come along to try our National Instrument of Wales, with harpist Shelley Fairplay

(www.harpwales.com). Workshop will include demonstrations on a Pedal, Celtic and Lap Harp, then along with Shelley’s guidance, you can have a go at playing one of the fifteen 17 string lap harps available on the day. Maximum of 30 people per session, adults and children aged 7 up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149. A place on the workshop is free but booking will include Garden admission. Tickets available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance by contacting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

 12.45pm “Tiny Hands on Harps”: Parent and Child session (15 minutes)

Try the lap harps together and enjoy much loved nursery rhymes and stories! This workshops is aimed at children 3-6 with one to one parental support in the session.

Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149.The 15-minute children’s session are free but booking will include Garden admission. Tickets available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance by contacting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

 1.30pm Harp Ensemble Music Performed by Dynamic Harps!  (30 minutes)

Here this brilliant student harp ensemble perform! Dynamic Harps! launched in 2013 and now meet regularly for ensemble workshops on Monday nights in Cardiff .There are two groups, one for children and one for adults and we will perform a selection of our favourite tunes over the weekend! This is an open event so come along and have a listen!

 2.30pm The Three Strands: Passion, Sorrow and Joy – Concert (60 minutes)

Throughout generations tales have been told of three musical strands. The details differ in each story, but they’re always played by a harpist, and

they always encompass the human experience. This is a tradition that’s not about ‘traditional music’, but a tradition of expression. Exploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

Come and hear Shelley entwine The Three Strands. You can expect a wide diversity of guests at this musical gathering; we meet with our Celtic forefathers, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Flamenco Dancers and even Axl Rose, Darth Vader and Dr Who will make an appearance!

This is an open event so come along and have a listen! Programs will be available on the day.

 3.45pm “Hands on Harps” Workshop (45 minutes)

‘Hands on Harps’ Workshop

Always wanted to try the harp? Come along to try our National Instrument of Wales, with harpist Shelley Fairplay (www.harpwales.com). Workshop will include demonstrations on a Pedal, Celtic and Lap Harp, then along with Shelley’s guidance, you can have a go at playing one of the fifteen 17 string lap harps available on the day. Maximum of 30 people per session, adults and children aged 7 up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149. A place on the workshop free but booking will include Garden admission. Tickets available on the day at the ‘Harp on’ stand or can be booked in advance by contacting the National Botanic Garden of Wales: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

 4.30pm The Harp Uncovered: Lecture demonstration session (30 minutes)

Always wondered how the harp works? Why do they vary in size/shape/sound so greatly? Where do they originate from?Come along and find

out answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this wonderful instrument. This is an open event so come along and have a listen and ask your questions!

 Harp Detectives – All Day Event

Harp Detectives – take part in an exciting trail of discovery! This activity is designed for children to explore and discover for themselves interesting information related to the harp whilst journeying around the beautiful Great Glass House. Collect your trail sheet from the Harp On desk in the Great Glass House. Successful harp detectives may return to the Harp On desk to receive a sticker as recognition of their resourceful exploring!

 Draw harps in the flowers! All Day Event

Competition open for Children 16 and under. Enjoy drawing a beautiful instrument in a beautiful setting! Pencils and paper will be

available on the day! All entries will receive a harp pencil for taking part and at the end of the weekend a rosette for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded and winners will be sent this along with their prize of a ‘harp model construction kit’.

The winners will be announced on the 7th July via Facebook and will have their drawings posted on the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Harpist Shelley Fairplay;s Facebook Page. Prizes would be posted out after the weekend. So make sure your name, addresses and telephone number is on the back of each picture!

 CD The Cherished Harp – Available over the weekend

The Cherished Harp - Harpist Shelley Fairplay

Last year I greatly enjoyed recording, creating and releasing a brand new CD called ‘The Cherished Harp’. I have gathered together a collection of my favorite traditional tunes and created my own arrangements reflecting influences arising out my musical journey with the harp so far.

 Win a lap harp – Competition Closes Midnight on 6th July 2014.

Via Facebook I am running a competition to win a 17 string lap harp, the winner will be picked at random (via Facebook app!) on the

evening of the 6th of July to coincide with the end of this harp weekend.

This competition is available via my Facebook page: Harpist Shelley Fairplay

All the concerts and most activities are free of charge once you have paid to enter the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There are two 45-minute workshops and one 15-minute ‘Tiny Hands-On’ session (for children aged 2-6) per day. Anyone wanting to book a place for these workshops should call 01558 667149. A place on the workshop is free but booking will include garden admission. There is a maximum of 30 places per workshop.

The 15-minute children’s session are free but booking will include Garden admission.

Normal Garden admission is £8.50 for adults (£7 concessions), £4.50 for children with a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children) priced at £21.

Good luck with the harp competition and I hope to see you at the Harp Weekend and Three Strands Concert at National Botanic Garden of Wales!