29 September 2018Come and Try in Dingwall
Harp Come & Try at Dingwall Community Centre on Saturday 29th September, 2018
Over 20 people were able to try out the harp over three sessions on Saturday in Dingwall with Cheyenne Brown. Clarsach is the Gaelic word for harp. The Highland Branch of the Clarsach Society sponsored this free event. The Clarsach Society was started at the Mod in Dingwall in 1931, so it was wonderful to have an event back in Dingwall again!
The youngest participants were Poppy Gaywood (Strathpeffer) and Calum MacDonald (Marybank), age 6. Poppy's father, Martin, said "I think the children surprised themselves how quickly they could produce music!". Calum's mum, Eleanor, was pleased that both children & parents could try "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", as well as hear the harps demonstrated (especially since once of the pieces was one that she had played at her wedding!).
Gwenn Segura (Dingwall) found that she "really enjoyed the harp session this afternoon, it was so relaxing!" Donna Kennedy (Strathpeffer) said "what a beautiful, professional, well paced, supportive & enjoyable session." Robert Ciastko (Alness) found the session welcoming, enjoyable and relaxed. All the participants enjoyed learning a few nursery rhymes, "glissandos" (running your finger up and down the strings), and hearing the harps demonstrated by Cheyenne. Many participants have already rented harps and begun lessons.