• Transpennine Harps Spring Strings 2021


    We are delighted to announce that our online activity continues apace! Join us on March 6th 2021 for another workshop-filled day! Lucy and Tamsin will be leading us through a number of classes loosely based around the theme of ‘chords’ – from ‘what exactly IS a chord?!’ for those who are new to music theory to how to actually USE them in your own arrangements.

    There will of course also be the opportunity to learn some new pieces (see programme below for more details), and of course, the TPH Common Room will be open for tea and chat throughout the day. Concert!

    The day will finish with an informal tea concert, where Lucy and Tamsin will be playing a selection of music including their own arrangements and also to showcase some new pieces that have been recently published that YOU TOO can play! Learning materials…!

    All of the sessions will be recorded and the videos of all the sessions will be available to review for FREE to all attendees.

    If you would like to view the materials for a course you did not attend in person, these (along with any relevant sheet music) may be purchased as a digital download for £3.50 and will be emailed to you after the weekend. Using Zoom to access online courses

    If you are unfamiliar with Zoom (though we feel like we are all much more tech-savvy than we were a year ago!), never fear – you don’t need any special equipment other than a laptop/phone/tablet and a reasonable internet connection. It is very simple to use and we are available for any troubleshooting!

    There will be spaces available for private lessons of 30 or 60 minutes with both tutors (£35/hour; £17/half-hour) – please contact them to book a slot and let them know what you’d like to work on so that they can prepare materials in advance.

    For further information, please visit Transpennine Harps.

    Transpennine Branch Report 2020

    A challenging but enjoyable year for TPH – a year of two halves!

    We have monthly core groups; one in the Leeds/Keighley area and one in Old Malton, near York.  Old Malton, led by Annie Jones, has a strong base of 12 members and enjoys a varied repertoire; the West Yorkshire (Riddlesden) group has averaged a core of 16 players at its regular sessions.

    We are so lucky to have two brilliant tutors, Lucy Nolan, who leads the Riddlesden group, and Tamsin Dearnley, who has been holding regular zoom sessions from Toulouse with the Old Malton group.  All our sessions are great fun.  They reflect the diversity of the harp and we are gradually extending our concert repertoire.  

    Lucy went to Old Malton to lead a much appreciated session with them too.   In February, we welcomed Tamsin Dearnley back to do a workshop with each group, again great fun, and that led to the zoom sessions.

    As a result of our ‘Try the Harp’ session we introduced 5 new members to the harp; our harp hire is very healthy, with all harps out on hire. 

    Transpennine Harps’ membership hails substantially from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, as well as from Lancashire and Greater Manchester.  Although our numbers overall are down this year, we hope to turn this around by extending our online reach as well as our physical meetings.  We do seem to have more coming along to both the physical and online meetings. 

    The latter part of the year has of course provided new challenges to us all, not least improving our IT technical skills!  Importantly, we are not aware of anyone succumbing to the virus.  We have had online committee meetings, and have started online play togethers.  Inspired by the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and the HNW JaNEWary Challenge, we were delighted to have an online workshop led by Mary Dunsford.  We now have YouTube tutorials which we are available to our members.  Everyone enjoyed the experience even though it was different not to be together for large parts of the day.

    TPH is a vibrant group of players from beginners/improvers to more advanced.  We share our passion for our harp, not just by playing together, but also by making friends at our sessions over coffee and home baked cakes!  And even online, we have some good chats and share our harp experiences.  Thanks to the committee and all who contribute so much to creating a very special group.