HARPS NW SHORTLISTED FOR EPIC AWARDS 2016 – VOTE NOW

By Rachael Grealish
Harps NW have been recognised for their hard work learning an entire piece of music in a month - photo by Alan Cleaver

Harps NW have been recognised for their hard work learning an entire piece of music in a month – photo by Alan Cleaver

HARPS North West have been short-listed for the Engagement, Partnerships, Innovation and Creativity (EPIC) Awards 2016.

The EPIC were set up in 2010 to celebrate achievements of voluntary arts groups in the UK.

Mary Dunsford, Harps NW committee member, said: “Being short-listed for the Epic Awards is a true honour, and a wonderful reflection of the work that went into creating our Newvember Challenge. To be recognised for our efforts to embrace our internet age is very humbling, as we felt we were just taking the next step in reaching out to harp players and encouraging the playing of this wonderful instrument.”

The Newvember challenge was a month long challenge throughout November to learn an entire new piece of harp music, through daily short teaching videos and access to the sheet music each day as we learn the next section.

The piece of music Harps NW used was donated by composer in residence, Karen Marshalsay.

Ms Dunsford said: “Our idea was to create a month-long learning experience that harp players could do from the comfort of their own home. We work hard as an organisation to bring harp players together, but this project also helped us to reach out to players who might not be able to meet up with others. Our Newvember Challenge had a global reach, with people taking part from as far as America, Canada and Australia! The overwhelming response was that it created a sense of community for those taking part.”