The Öresund HarpHelg festival will celebrate its 10th edition on the 28th and 29th September, in Kristianstad (Skåne, Sweden). Every year, the festival moves in the Öresund region, between Denmark and Skåne, the southern part of Sweden. Created in 2004 on the initiative of Helen Davies, Lia Lonnert and Susan Enochsson, this musical week-end is the opportunity for all the Scandinavian harp players to gather. The international harp player Susan Enochsson presents this interregional, intergenerational, intermusical festival:
The mill blades of the Netherlands turn again with a fresh wind. Regarding harp, the country has been the birthplace of many audacious projects: more than thirty years ago, the World Harp Congress was founded as an outgrowth of the Harpweken (Harp Week) on the initiative of the Dutch harpist Phia Berghout; created in 2007 by the Dutch harp players Sabine Meijers and Brenda Dor-Groot, the International Jazz Harp Foundation is based in the Netherlands. More recently, the Nederlandse Harpvereniging (Dutch Harp Association) and the Nederlandse Folk Harp Vereniging (Dutch Folk Harp Association) have launched a common event: Open Harp Dag. Centered on an international pedal harp competition held every two years, the Dutch Harp Festival also promotes other music played on different harps; workshops are scheduled all over the country with local teachers as well as musicians coming from abroad. (more…)
Two weeks before one of the main harp events of the year, there’s still time to book your holidays to Scotland. For more than thirty years (see the article Song of the Oak and the Ivy), the Edinburgh International Harp Festival invites musicians from all over the world with Edmar Castaneda and Park Stickney, among the stars of the present edition.
Ten Celtic harps performing on stage, a forty-five minutes of music specially composed for them is something quite unusual and noticeable to be presented. Commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, this work was revealed as some of the most creative music ever written for the Celtic harp, a crazy bet taken up by Corrina Hewat.