Where is it? Sunderland College, Henderson (just a few minutes from the North Western Motorway, Auckland) Harps can be left there overnight – its super secure and alarmed – in fact the doors are locked once we are all in, and anyone wanting to come in has to text one of us to be let in. It’s all inside so there is no need to carry harps outside if the weather is poor. There is close parking (for the first 20 or so cars) and access to the building is easy. There’s a lift inside for those with bigger harps and we try to keep the moving of harps to a minimum but we do expect everyone to be able to move their own harp, music and stand – we don’t have many spare helping hands.
What does Harpenz involve?
2019 Harpenz looks a little different from previous years as we are holding it over Queen's birthday instead using 4 days in the school hols! Lots of ensemble playing! Harp Orchestra and smaller harp ensemble work.
What will the timetable look like? Saturday be ready to start playing at 9am (tuned up and ready to go - the school will be open at 8.30am) we'll have a tea break mid morn, lunch break and finish at 3pm for the day. Sunday will look the same. Monday we will start at 10am (a little sleep in!) and there will be a friends and families concert at 2pm which should last about an hour!
When will the music be available? We will have the music ready to send out late April, you will get a recording of all the full orchestra pieces (not just yours) on request, so you can hear the overall effect (it will be plinky plonk computer music only).
What about food and drinks? Bring your own water bottle! We’ll have hot and cold drinks available for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. There will be biscuits for morning and afternoon tea and we organise a kindly runner to collect Subway and sushi at lunchtime (orders need to be done before we start each morning). More details of what’s on offer from Subway and sushi when we send out your music.
I'm coming from out of town - where can I stay? If you give us plenty of notice, we will arranging billeting with local Auckland harpists who will be attending Harpenz (and be able to transport you here and there). Also, with plenty of notice, if you are flying into Auckland we will make every effort to fine a lever harp for you to use for the duration of Harpenz. It will have to stay at the venue each night though, as it will belong to another harpist.
Why do we ask for your permission to be in photos etc? So we can put them on the Harpenz or Harp Events websites, or use them in the NZ Harp Society journal. If you don’t want to appear in group photos, we do our best but it’s your responsibility to remove yourself from them. We will have an ‘official’ photographer to take plenty of photos over the days and during the final rehearsal and all the photos will be compiled and we'll get them into a file you can all access.
Please note also you, your family and your friends DO NOT have permission to video, record or copy any of the music, or rehearsals or performances as this may constitute a breach of the copyright act.
The below details are not so for 2019 - these details are for our 'normal' 4 day Harpenz - we're not running it over 4 days this year, as Easter fall mid holidays, so disrupts our schedule, and we had an extra harp retreat this year too .... can't have our cake and eat it unfortunately!!! I've left them here for those who might want details for how Harpenz will happen again in 2021....
But those are week days… yes, it’s mid school holidays. We’ve found that those who have come over the last few Harp Weekends were keen for a longer Harp workshop weekend (students are mostly able to do school holidays and others take annual leave). It’s also the best time for Lisa and me, (both being teachers) to run it. We want everyone able to be there for the full time – Wednesday to Saturday. Please let us know on your registration form if you are planning to be away during any part of these days as we will need to take this into consideration when planning your part – absences can affect the Harpenz Orchestra if a vital solo or cameo is not there to be heard. There is no discount for a reduced number of days attendance.
What does the timetable look like We’re asking everyone to be there at 9.30, tune up and have a cuppa before we start at 10am. After the harp orchestra rehearsal you’ll move into separate spaces to work with a harp ensemble at your own level. At 12 o’clock we stop for an hour for lunch and then back to your ensemble room after lunch. We finish the afternoon all back together for the harp orchestra rehearsal and all the harps are left in one room overnight. That’s what Wednesday, Thursday and Friday look like – Saturday is slightly different.
Saturday starts as usual with harp orchestra – all tuned up and ready to go at 9am – tuning is essential for this rehearsal as we will be professionally recorded and all harp weekend participants will receive a copy of the CD. Then we have breaks for morning tea and lunch, time to set up the harp orchestra, time to tune up for the first concert at 3pm – exit is by koha.