22nd April 2017
Clive Morley Harps, Goodfellows, Filkins, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3JG
A hands-on and fun day with Sarah Deere-Jones looking into this fascinating and neglected subject!
‘Many people are not aware that the harp has been played in England since the 10th century, come and discover how monks, Kings and travelling storytellers all loved and used the harp in England for 500 years’.
Over the past fifteen years Sarah Deere-Jones has been collecting images of the Medieval harp from England and collating them to do detailed research on construction techniques, playing techniques, status and use in society, and how all of these things changed and developed up unto the Elizabethan period.
The day consists of an illustrated lecture, (1 hour) using some of over 200 images – giving a comprehensive background on what is known about the harp in Medieval England. After this, in the first Workshop, (1 1/2 hrs) we will look more closely at some of the illustrations and what they may tell us about posture and finger and hand technique, we will discuss artistic interpretation and what can be concluded from these examples, and then using some written descriptions of harpers playing, we will try to play some simple scales, modes and chord patterns using these techniques to test them. In the 2nd workshop (1 1/2 hrs) we will look closely at the types of harp that were used in England during the middle ages, and what the illustrations, written descriptions, and the artists interpretations may be telling us about them. We’ll then play some simple English medieval tunes and discuss how they may or may not have been played on the harp. Sarah will have sheet music of her arrangements of medieval music for harp for sale on the day, plus CDs of her playing. All music for the workshops will be provided on the day, and do not worry about sight-reading as it is all very simple.
The cost for the day is £20. You can bring your own harp or borrow a harp for £10.
Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.