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You're welcome to send photos to add to the archives if you've attended any of the events. Or add a review or a comment.  Send them to me by e-mail and I'll add them in! 


St. Michael's Presents... Music of Scandinavia

A beautiful concert of music of the Nordic countries will be performed April 26th, 7 pm in Chemainus BC. The concert is part of a monthly classical music series called "St. Michael's Presents..."

Performers are headed by Annette Lampson, a Danish Canadian soprano, and joined Marilyn Rummel, lever harpist from the Cowichan Valley with Norwegian roots, Ron Kilian, pianist and accompanist also from the Cowichan Valley, and Colleen Lanki, a Finnish Canadian storyteller and actor from Vancouver.

Music from composers such as Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, traditional and modern folksongs, ancient texts and new works for voice, harp and piano will be performed, and stories from the epic poem collection the Kalevala will be heard by an audience that is invited to close their eyes and be transported to lands across the arctic ocean.

More information about the concert, location, tickets, etc. will be found at  the website of St. Michael's Presents.

It's a small church and we hope to fill it - Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance, and $20 at the door. Email me or call 250-709-2395 for tickets

Nanaimo Conservatory Showcase Concert

Coming up quickly - May 2, 7 pm, Port Theatre, Nanaimo. Students qualify for greatly reduced ticket prices, so enquire at the conservatory. Many of the students from Nanaimo group classes will be accompanying the fiddlers for a grand celtic mini-set!  See you there!


April Point -

Harp retreat at April Point, on beautiful Quadra Island Sun., May 31 - Tuesday June 2.

More info here.


Group Classes are underway in Nanaimo

Beginner group class -  Suitable for those with even a few lessons under their belts - offered alternate Thursdays from 1:15 to 2:30.  This class is for beginners who have had an introduction to the harp, via a class or some private lessons, but are still very much beginners. We'll play lots of satisfying music, while focussing on technique.


Intermediate ensemble class - offered on the weeks between the beginner class, same time.  This class is ideally for those who are taking private lessons, or have their basic harp skills in  hand. The class will explore folks songs and modern compositions from the americas - south and north - in ensemble arrangements. Challenging parts for the experts, less difficult ones for the early intermediates.


Cost is dependant on the number of students as per Nanaimo Conservatory group lesson policy, so email me for more info.



Registration is now open for the next April Point Harp weekend. Book now - they fill up fast.

call 1-800-663-7090 to book, or get more info at

I must warn you that the detailed schedule is going to be changed, due to the advertising which prompted a lot of beginners to register. 

So, like the last one:

This one will be for Beginner, Novice and Intermediate Harpers. There will be couple of sessions for beginners only, and plenty of challenges (and a little extra practice time) for more experienced harpers.

Cost is just $199 for 2 nights accommodation and all the instruction. It is double occupancy, (and you need to tell them your room mates name) so if you want to be matched up with a room mate, let me help.

Rental harps are available ($35) if you are new to harping and don't have your own.

Here is the detailed scheduled (see especially the 2nd page) about the Harp Retreat at April Point. If you want register, see their website here

Last fall's retreat sold out with a waiting list, so don't delay. Email me if you want more info...

April 10/09

I understand the class is full or nearly so, but they do have a waiting list, and if you're on it, it will give you first dibs on next fall's event. Let me know if you want to be on the list, in case someone has to withdraw.



From Fall 2008

Music of the Renaissance Weekend

Here's the Bray harp photo I promised in the newsletter.



Oct 23 -26, 2008 Duncan, BC

A chance to immerse yourself in the glorious music of the Renaissance, with Harpist Nancy Hurrell, of Boston, Mass., and a host of other fine performers and teachers.

Various instrumental and choral classes, a fabulous concert and the Renaissance Dinner and Dance to wrap it up. Don't be anywhere else. Professional Development for teachers and amazing learning opportunities for students from 11 through "seniorhood"!

Registration will open soon; in the meantime email me if you have any questions!

Workshops with Nancy Hurrell, Sunday, Oct.26th

Introduction to the Harp

A 6 week course in Nanaimo BC, for beginners of all ages. Thursday, Oct. 1 - Nov. 7th. Rentals available. Register through the Nanaimo Parks and Recreation people online or call 250-756-5200.

Real Men DO Harp

A weekend workshop at the Cowichan Centre - for men only! Friday evening and all day Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, in Duncan.  Register by calling 250-746-0440



April Point Harp Retreat

Harpers return to beautiful April Point Resort & Spa on Quadra Island, Sept 28-30. Registration is now open - $199 for nights accommodation and instruction. More info here, and photos of last fall's Retreat here.


From Spring 2008

Masterclass with Sharlene Wallace

The inimitable Sharlene Wallace returns to Vancouver Island at the beginning of June.

She'll be teaching a masterclass here at the Harp Canada studio in Duncan.  Students, especially those preparing for exams are invited to register to play. We have room for 4 - 6 people playing, and others auditing. Reigstrants will play their chosen piece or pieces, and then have a chance to work with Shar to advance their playing. And everyone else will get to listen, and learn as well. It's a wonderful opportunity. Email Marilyn for more info!

Ensemble Laude Medieval Concert

March 15th, 2008 


St. Patrick's Day Workshop and Irish Cream Tea

March 17th, 2008 - St. Patrick's Day

Sorry - no photos, but it was a great afternoon of music and DELICIOUS treats. I'll have another plate of those lemon squares any time...


Play Irish music, eats scones and whipped cream, drink tea, and help support Island Mountain Arts - all in one great afternoon. Email to register; space is limited. More info here.


From Fall 2007

Harp Retreat at April Point Lodge

17 Harpers!  Nearly half had never played before. Much fun was had by all, including your instructor! Here are some photos sent along by Christine - any others in the cameras about? I'd especially like a good photo of Jane and her Therapy Harp stand, and next time (I'm hoping there's a next time) let's remember to get together for a group photo.

Someone left behind their music for Bells, and some other have requested various parts. Download and print from here:

Bells for CC Harp                  Bells Harp 1                Bells harp 2

The full fancy printed version including Silent Night and a score of all the parts is also available for at

More photos:


Pack your harp (and your cares) and come along to autumn at April Point on Quadra Island. Part of the Oak Bay Marine Group's fall offerings at Painters Lodge and April Point, this workshop retreat will focus on beginners, but there will bechallenges for more advanced players as well. Noon Sunday Sept 30 - noon Tuesday Oct. 2.  Registration is through April Point - or email me for more details.

Rental harps are available if booked in advance, but numbers are limited, so delay no longer.


From Summer 2007

The Bard at Brentwood

"If music be the food of Love, play on"  This is the play that features this great line, and play on we did! Great production, could use a photograph, anyone?

Presenting Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Gill Bunch Theatre on the campus of Brentwood College in Mill Bay. Music by David E. Walden, performed on the harp by (alternating performances) Gwynneth Evans and Marilyn Rummel.  Tickets and info here.


All Island Harp In

What a wonderful day we had at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan.  Lots of beautiful harps playing lots of beautiful music, in perfect weather. Can't beat it!

Here are some photos taken by the van Bovens:

Several folks have taken the time to e-mail or phone and say they want more of the same, and the centre said they were very pleased to have hosted us, so stay tuned for info about next year's All Island Harp In!

And next year we'll try and avoid Celt Fest if we can...

Send me any comments or suggestions - or any photos and I'll put them up here to share!


I'm happy to announce the 2007 Summer edition of the All-Island Harp In!

  • Date: Sunday July, 8, 2007
  • Time:  10 am - 3:30 pm
  • Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre


Barefoot Harp Camp

A 5-day "daycamp" for young harpers 12 - 17, to be held July 9 - 13, 2007.  For beginning and intermediate levels. $95 for 5  days. Click here for details.


From Spring 2007

Ensemble Laude

Ensemble Laude is Victoria's Women's Medieval Choir, conducted by Elizabeth MacIsaac. They will be joined for their next concert by Pat Unruh, Doug Hensley, Marilyn Rummel, and others!

The Ballymore Reel

Marilyn will play harp for the World Premier of a new play by Greg Finnegan, called "The Ballymore Reel". The play tells the story of a number of women over 3 generations in Ireland and Canada, complete with a Seanachie (the Irish storyteller), a penny whistle, a piano, and a harp. In Duncan, May 24- 26 and May 31 - June 2. Email David Walden for tickets. Delightful, funny, and warm-hearted - if you're on the Island, come and see it!