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Hurly Burly (Peterborough’s early music ensemble) will be revisiting the animal theme in their upcoming spring concert on Sunday, May 25th. As the Facebook event page says, “Hurly Burly’s annual Spring concert goes to the dogs… and fleas… not to mention birds and a missing sheep!” We’re having lots of fun with the songs, and hope you will enjoy them too! It will be our trademark blend of early and late period pieces, with mixed instruments and voices.
Animal, Vegetable, Madrigal: an Afternoon of “Beastly” Songs and Dances
Sunday May 25th, 2:30 p.m.
St. John’s Anglican Church in the Guild Hall
99 Brock Street (just east of Water Street in Peterborough)
Tickets available at the door
(And yes, there will be the usual home-made refreshments during the intermission!)
Creative Harp Collective International 2013
July 16-20, 2013
Summer Harp Workshop
Classes include: Harp Solo Performance Coaching, Body Awareness at the Harp, Use of Harp in Therapeutic ways, Vibro-Acoustic Harp Therapy, Music Theory related to the Harp, Improvisation, Studies in Rhythm, Yoga, NIA Dance, Meditation Techniques, Basics of learning to play
First entry in the Urban Harp series. This one was taken during the infamous “Harp Quest” of 2002. (Boy, does that old page look dated now!)
The goal of the Millennium Harp Quests (which took place around the world after the turn of the new century) was to expand awareness of the instrument, encourage people to play in public, and generally spread lots of warmth and good feelings (Peace on Earth through harping – not a bad sentiment).
As a reward for finishing my personal quest (which was to play at 25 bridges and locks throughout central Ontario) I received a lovely little 19-string hand-made collapsible (!) Paraguayan-style harp. It has had a place of honour on top of my piano ever since, and still gets played regularly. It was even used to compose several tunes for small harp for my book, “A la Mode”.
You can click on the picture for a bigger version of the image.
Updated to add: Here’s the website of the guy who started it all: http://harpingforharmony.org/
The regular Ottawa harp circle is back! Schedule & info below, courtesy of Joanne Griffin.
Sunday, September 30
Sunday, October 21
Sunday, November 25
Sunday, December 16 Special program with Janice Parton
Sunday, January 27
Sunday, February 24
Sunday, March 31
Sunday, April 28
(Summary – the last Sunday of every month until April, except for October and December)
TIME: 12:30 arrival, 1pm start (prompt)
WHERE: library of Oakpark Retirement Community, 2 Valour Drive Ottawa, ON K1K 1K1 (613) 260-7144
BRING: harp, music stand, tuners and tuning keys, music: Finale, Northern Lights International Collection. Books will be available for sale at each circle.
– to have fun
– to make friends
– to share musical ideas
– to solve harp related problems
– to encourage each other
– to play together as an ensemble
– to have opportunities to play solo
All ages and ability levels are welcome.
Contact: Joanne Griffin at joanne.griffin @ rogers.com (minus the spaces)
From Mary Muckle, via the OntarioHarps list:
January 28, 2012
SAINT BRIGID’S EVE
A Celtic music performance in celebration of the female patron saint of Ireland.
7:30pm, SAINT BRIGID’S CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, 310 Patrick St., entrance on Cumberland St.
The concert features MARY MUCKLE, harp & voice; KIRSTEN CARLSON, flute; THE OTTAWA YOUTH HARP ENSEMBLE under the direction of Mary Muckle, and the vocal trio DAUGHTERS OF BRIEN. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 613-144-7373
Calling all Ontario harp players!
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.
Here’s a condensed link (since links to FB pages are impossibly long):
Hope to see you over there!
Hurly Burly Early Music Ensemble Presents
The Vigorous Impulse: Music from the 12th Century Renaissance
This Sunday, May 29 · 2:30pm – 5:30pm
The Guild Hall, St. John’s Anglican Church, Peterborough, ON
The 12th century was a time of musical innovation and fervent. Our concert features some of the first recognizable names in Western composers: Abelard, Hildegard, the Comtessa de Dia, and many troubadours and trouveres.
Featured instruments this time out include multiple harps, citoles, recorders, vielle, rebec, hurdy gurdy, and percussion.
Take a break from the gardening and join us for a lively and melodic afternoon!
For those of you on Facebook, we now have a group page (search for “Hurly Burly Music Ensemble”).
The page for this Sunday’s event can be found here.
Group website: celticharper.com/hurlyburly
Saturday, March 19, 8pm
St. Pat’s Fancy at Sadleir House in Peterborough, ON.
The third annual concert celebrating Irish music, with some of the proceeds going towards the Market Hall to help fund its new renovations. Sadleir House is an historic house in Peterborough, near the corner of Parkhill and George Streets. Market Hall is a much loved folk music and general arts venue in the middle of downtown Peterborough. There will be lots of great music from the likes of Cairdeas, Fiachra O’Regan, and The Jenish Sisters, as well as guest spots from the usual crew of local musicians. Tanah Haney will be playing Celtic Harp on a couple of harp-and-fiddle sets with John Hoffman (hence the harp component!).
For more info, you can visit the official Facebook page for the event or email Tanah at soloharp @ celticharper.com (minus the spaces).