One of the highlights of the annual Glasbury Arts season is the Harp Summer School, now in its 11th year.
This popular event is moving into next decade with a mix of old and new tutors and some innovations, including the new Composition Harp Competition.
As always, there will be the traditional mix of workshops and masterclasses for young people and adults to help improve their harp playing in a range of genres, but this year, the role of director of music has been split as Glasbury Arts welcomes Manon Browning and Eleri Darkins, who will work together to develop the event’s musical future.
The full line-up of tutors for 2023 will be Manon Browning (classical, traditional folk and popular music), Eleri Darkins (classical and Welsh music), former Royal Harpist Anne Denholm, Adriana Sangineto from Turin (continental traditional dance music and composer), and Emily Harris (classical Welsh harpist).
In addition, Ben Creighton Griffiths will return to the Summer School to lead a workshop of modern and jazz harp music on Thursday, August 24.
Students who have achieved Grade 6 and above are, for the first time, invited to enter Glasbury Arts’ new Composition Harp Competition – entrants should demonstrate the beauty and breadth of the harp in their composition. Submissions, in the form of a written score should be sent by email to [email protected] no later than 5pm on July 14. The winner will be invited to perform their entry in the summer school final concert.
The four days of the school are bookended with two concerts, the first on Wednesday, August 23, featuring all five of the Summer School’s tutors and the second bringing the school to a close with the traditional final concert featuring all the students and more than 30 harps.
The concert takes place at Gwernyfed High School at 2pm.
There is still time for anyone already playing a harp to book for the summer school at glasburyarts.co.uk.
• Harp Summer School: Wednesday, August 23 to Saturday, August 26
• Harp Summer School Concert featuring five tutors, Wednesday, August 23, 7.30pm
• Harp Summer School Final Concert, Saturday, August 26 at 2.30pm
With thanks to: Mid Wales Music Trust, IAF Design, WH Ricketts & Sons and Powys County Council.