Harpenz is a four day harp ensemble workshop which is run every odd-numbered year,at ACG Sunderland College in Auckland. Previously organised by Lisa Williamson, a Hamilton harp teacher, and co-composer. Run since 2001 (when it was known as Harp Weekend), it has survived the hatchings, matchings, and dispatchings of the organisers and attendees and has organically grown into an exciting event on the NZ harp calendar. Now co-arranger and harpist Bronwyn McConchie has been involved in arranging the music with Anna Dunwoodie.
What is involved?
Lots of ensemble playing! Harp Orchestra and smaller harp ensemble work. Each year we pick a theme for Harpenz and we're currently arranging and composing the music at four levels -beginner, late beginner, intemediate and advanced, and also as a full harp orchestra of mixed ability.
We send out the music well in advance of the workshop dates giving you a good chance to get it well learnt, so when we all get together we can concentrate on the art of ensemble playing and working up our performance.
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Who is Harpenz for?
All harpists! While we would love to be actively playing in a large ensemble like this, we each have more than 25 years harp teaching experience and 18 years of organising harp ensemble events, and can accommodate any level of harpist from absolute beginner (with only a lesson or two under their fingers) to advanced harpists. Playing in harp ensembles is different from playing solo and it is a great skill to be able to listen and play in a group, and jointly contribute to the over all sound, and overall planning of a piece of ensemble music.
As composers and teachers we have also evolved - we used to use commercial arrangements of harp ensemble music - now its all written and arranged specifically by Anna Dunwoodie and Lisa Williamson, and more recently Bronwyn McConchie, for each Harpenz. Music is available for purchase after the event, and attendees recieve their own copy of the full harp orchestra score and their own parts.