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Shelley Fairplay

#happyharping I live in Wales, UK and delight in all things harp (well except for broken strings and carrying pedal harps up castle steps!)

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course

Dynamic Harps Virtual Harp Ensemble Monthly 

For harpists around the globe to come together in friendship, peace and harmony to enjoy our wonderful instrument.


The Harp Project '23 

You Tube Project Launch Video, watch  >>HERE<<


THIS IS THE YEAR that The Dynamic Harps Virtual/In Person Ensemble will be 
creating an album and YOU can be part of this!
 
Join this unique experience to play your harp on the Dynamic Harps Album. 
Rehearse and record with us during the year online or in person, by the end of the year celebrate with us and hold a professionally recorded CD in your hand with your name on!

 
What?
 
 9 track Dynamic Harps album recording in 2023 and YOU are invited to be part of this!
 
When?
 
The 9 track album will be rehearsed during the first nine months 2023, recorded in October and released in December alongside an ensemble music book compendium, with every performer and supporter of the project named.
 
Who?
 
There are opportunities to join online or in person. Music is written carefully in order to be accessible to all ages and abilities.  
 
How?
 
Rehearsals
 
Pre-Recorded Lessons: Once a month a new ensemble pre-recorded lesson will be released, including a teaching video for each individual part, a professionally videoed play along for each part and with all parts playing as an ensemble.
 
Live Sessions Online: On the 1st Tuesday of each month we will have a live session to rehearse together the pieces and for students to ask any questions and glitch fix. The replay will be posted following each session.
 
Live Sessions In-Person: For harpists based close enough to Cardiff, the ensemble will rehearse the CD pieces during their face to face meet up sessions over the year. If you are interested in joining the group face to face please email me direct on info@harpwales.com ASAP!
 
Recording
 
CD Recording In-Person: All harpists from our Dynamic Harps global family are invited to join us in person for The Harp Project ’23 recording retreat on the 13th-16th October 2023 at Court Coleman Manor in South Wales, UK (accommodation and food on site). We will rehearse and record the CD during this week, alongside enjoying concerts, workshops and a celebration dinner together.
 
CD Recording Online: The final track of the CD will be an audio collaboration. Harpists from around the globe will be invited to record an audio line for the CD and then have their part edited into the full group performance, thus opening the possibility of everyone being able to join us, even if the in-person recording is not possible. This track will be have parts available to play lap harps without levers (as well as parts for other harp types) to make it as inclusive as possible.

 
Are you interested? Would you like to know more?

The booking form, music, lessons and announcements will all be sent via the Ruzuku online learning platform: To join us, make sure you are a signed up member of the Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble. You can sign up today here: https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/53063/about

SAVE THE DATES:

  • 31st January 2023 9.30am GMT - Booking form release on email via Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble Ruzuku classroom
  • 31st January 2023 8.00pm GMT - Online Q & A to ask any questions you have about the project before signing up
  • 7th February 2023 8.00pm GMT - the first live lesson for our album! 

The pre-recorded lessons, music and play-along videos over the year will be released on the 1st of each month and the live lessons will take place on the first Tuesday of each month.

If you cannot make the live sessions please remember you CAN STILL JOIN THE PROJECT as you can watch the monthly video lessons and then the replay of the live rehearsals as replay.
 

Shelley’s teaching was brilliant making people feel at ease and encouraging for the early harpist as well as the more advanced. Excellent well done.

I have been teaching Dynamic Harps weekly since 2013, and suddenly we are unable to meet in person! I think we all need the joy of music and collaboration now more than ever, so as many others are doing, I have taken our meetings online.

Shelley is a generous, fun and extremely apt teacher. Having completed her free beta version of Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble, I would not hesitate to take a paid class with Shelley in the future. She really knows how to teach to multiple levels at once and the music is beautiful!

How can we be an ensemble online?! Well we can’t in the true sense, but I aim to teach the ensemble music in a way that is still be enjoyable and satisfying even though you will only be able to hear yourself and me playing most of the time. The sessions will be interactive and I will occasionally ask willing individuals to un-mute and play to me  to make sure we are all learning and getting the rhythms etc. You will be emailed a link for music in advance of the session so you can print it out ready to play from. I will use Zoom as the platform for us to meet, this can be accessed via computers, tablets or via smart phones.

What an amazing experience! I loved the welcoming feeling I got each time I signed on for our weekly practices. No matter what your level you will feel wanted and appreciated. Shelley’s enthusiasm, energetic and down to earth personality combined with her teaching skills always left me feeling happy that I learned new things and looking forward to the next week’s practice. From learning about the importance of shapes, new warm-ups, kerfuffles, glissandos, and on an on the Dynamic Harp Virtual Ensemble is just that – DYNAMIC!

We include a social element in all this, we will be able to chat by text and have a ‘tea break’.

All things being equal, I am hoping to create a Christmas collaboration video in November with you, you will be invited to send in a recording in for that!

PLEASE NOTE  – This is ensemble learning, not to replace anything you are doing already with your studies or regular lessons. This is an extra add on!

Shelley has so much enthusiasm, drive and passion for teaching the harp. She is determined to ensure everyone gets the best possible experience. The ensemble was an amazing experience and I felt so welcome and valued. She truly wanted everyone to enjoy the experience and stopped at nothing to provide the best experience possible. Thank you so much Shelley! I will certainly be doing more courses/workshops with Shelley in future and would definitely recommend.

What will I expect from you?

Commitment! It really is lovely if you can come along to the sessions to get to know the group and really feel part of this. I am making this FREE as there will be many of us across the world who will have reduced income or be unable to earn for a spell. I want this experience to be available to everyone and anyone so we can all help each other be ok during this very exceptional time. At times like this I wish I was a nurse or a doctor and could practically do something, but I am not, I am a harpist. So, this is the best I can come up with to do anything useful, I hope it will be great fun!

Following on from the initial 10 sessions course, many students have asked to pay for the next workshops. This encouraged me to set up a Patreon account which you can read about >>HERE<<, it really is not necessary for you to subscribe but if you are able and would like to support me that way you are of course welcome. PLEASE do whatever is appropriate to you right now, but I really want you to join the ensemble either way!

Shelley’s energy is out of this world. She provided this workshop and harp ensemble for harpists worldwide during the pandemic, which was a weekly lifeline for me and I’m sure others. The effort she puts into preparation for all levels, making pieces interesting and fun, accessible to all, flexible, challenging, pushing you to improve, is all so inspiring. Shelley you are fantastic! Thank you for the bottom of my heart!

Are you in?!

Shelley is a breath of fresh air with her exuberant, fun but reassuring teaching style. I treasured Being a part of this virtual ensemble during the pandemic and would happily sign up for other harp adventures with Shelley

See you online!

With all best wishes,

Shelley Fairplay

This ensemble was a remarkable experience. Shelley is such a supportive, encouraging, creative, intuitive teacher. Her energy comes through the screen. She can somehow tell how more than 70 students are learning and target just what we needed to succeed. Shelley somehow makes it seem like yes, of course, we are all wonderful musicians no matter what our background or experience. The arrangements were all beautiful and accessible to all levels. Her arrangements and improvisation exercises taught me more than years of trying to figure out music theory and arranging on my own. I learned so much about playing as part of an ensemble, learning to embrace imperfection, and how to have fun with music in a way I never had before being part of this wonderful group.

Here are some testimonials from the last 10 week online ensemble course! 

Shelley’s teaching was brilliant making people feel at ease and encouraging for the early harpist as well as the more advanced. Excellent well done.

Shelley is a generous, fun and extremely apt teacher. Having completed her free beta version of Dynamic Harps Virtual Ensemble, I would not hesitate to take a paid class with Shelley in the future. She really knows how to teach to multiple levels at once and the music is beautiful!

What an amazing experience! I loved the welcoming feeling I got each time I signed on for our weekly practices. No matter what your level you will feel wanted and appreciated. Shelley’s enthusiasm, energetic and down to earth personality combined with her teaching skills always left me feeling happy that I learned new things and looking forward to the next week’s practice. From learning about the importance of shapes, new warm-ups, kerfuffles, glissandos, and on an on the Dynamic Harp Virtual Ensemble is just that – DYNAMIC!

Shelley has so much enthusiasm, drive and passion for teaching the harp. She is determined to ensure everyone gets the best possible experience. The ensemble was an amazing experience and I felt so welcome and valued. She truly wanted everyone to enjoy the experience and stopped at nothing to provide the best experience possible. Thank you so much Shelley! I will certainly be doing more courses/workshops with Shelley in future and would definitely recommend.

Shelley’s energy is out of this world. She provided this workshop and harp ensemble for harpists worldwide during the pandemic, which was a weekly lifeline for me and I’m sure others. The effort she puts into preparation for all levels, making pieces interesting and fun, accessible to all, flexible, challenging, pushing you to improve, is all so inspiring. Shelley you are fantastic! Thank you for the bottom of my heart!

Shelley is a breath of fresh air with her exuberant, fun but reassuring teaching style. I treasured Being a part of this virtual ensemble during the pandemic and would happily sign up for other harp adventures with Shelley

This ensemble was a remarkable experience. Shelley is such a supportive, encouraging, creative, intuitive teacher. Her energy comes through the screen. She can somehow tell how more than 70 students are learning and target just what we needed to succeed. Shelley somehow makes it seem like yes, of course, we are all wonderful musicians no matter what our background or experience. The arrangements were all beautiful and accessible to all levels. Her arrangements and improvisation exercises taught me more than years of trying to figure out music theory and arranging on my own. I learned so much about playing as part of an ensemble, learning to embrace imperfection, and how to have fun with music in a way I never had before being part of this wonderful group.