I feel like I should have heard of this group before now. Such a great idea! I wish I was in a populated enough area to start something like this. The mission of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble is “to deliver quality musical instruction on the harp, develop music reading skills and musicianship to at-risk, urban youth.” You can visit their official website at http://www.urbanharp.org/.
Here are some members of the group playing “What a Wonderful World” (the sound is a bit fuzzy but it’s still way cool):
St Peters Church, Kingston, Ontario January 29,2012 1 to 5 PM
Join us to celebrate St Brigit’s Day with harp friends
1 to 2:15 PM Tips and Pearls for Harpists only
2:15 Tune and warm up
2:30 Sharing our Music Prepare a piece to play on your own or play with a friend or
two. Invite family and friends to this part of the afternoon.
3:45 to 5 PM Enjoy refreshments. Visit the vendors. REGISTRATION for this event is in advance only
For more information: Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our small but mighty group for Peace Hour, Sept. 11th 2011. We played Ode to Joy, Dona Nobis Pacem, and sang John Lennon’s “Imagine”. I’m very proud of all my students, they did a great job! We also made a group donation to Amnesty International, in honour of Peace Day.
Thanks to Alexis & Harpists for Peace for organizing Peace Hour (which has become an annual event). For more information on Harpists for Peace, you can visit the official Facebook page here.
I’ve expanded our Peterborough-Kawarthas Facebook page to include all of Ontario, since there didn’t seem to be another spot like it on FB. Everyone is welcome to drop by and post upcoming events, harp tips &etc. or just say hi. The name was so obvious that I’m sure someone else has thought of it before me, but I just couldn’t resist.