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Beginners Nyckelharpa Workshop in March in Essex…

26/01/2017 in Workshops

The next beginners workshop is on the 5th March. Instruments provided.
Details on the Nyckelharpa Project website.
Currently 2 spaces left....
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Vicki

Vicki

by Vicki

Beginners workshop in Essex

01/12/2016 in Workshops

The next beginners workshop is on the 5th February.
Details on the Nyckelharpa Project website.
Currently 2 spaces left....
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VIcki

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Nyckelharpa For Sale

05/02/2016 in For Sale

An instrument has come up for sale!
Contact Roy Stirzaker on  07590 625953 for more details.
Price £2000 includes bow and hard case.

Vicki

by Vicki

Next Beginners workshop in Essex

10/01/2016 in News

Hello!
Advance notice of a workshop.
Sunday 3rd April, 11am in North Essex.
Only three spaces left, instruments provided.
See website for details.
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Vicki

Vicki

by Vicki

Beginners Workshop in Essex

21/11/2015 in News

Hello!
Advance notice of a workshop.
Sunday 17th January, 11am in North Essex.
Only four spaces available, instruments provided.
See website for details.
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Vicki

Vicki

by Vicki

Nyckelharpas at Halsway 2015

20/10/2015 in workshop review

group_small'Harpas at Halsway Nyckelharpa Festival 2015

Wow! What a weekend! For the last four years I've been teaching and organising and arranging and finally I reached my goal - to fill Halsway Manor with nyckelharpa players. When I started to play the nyckelharpa in 2007 we were around 20 in number and it was a distant dream to create something as big and amazing as this.

So we now have a new record for numbers of nyckelharpas all together in the UK - forty-two players. The previous record set last year was fourteen so as you can imagine I was delighted! Let me give you a run down of the weekend.

I had two other lovely tutors to help me this year Peter Hedlund and Didier Francois. Totally contrasting in their style of playing and teaching I wanted to try to give a well rounded view of the nyckelharpa. All the groups were split amongst the three of us - although I mostly kept hold of the less experienced players. I did find that I missed everyone else though, so I'll change that for next year. On the Friday night we had a lovely little session in the bar. Saturday everyone worked very hard in their groups and after lunch the wonderful Per-Ulf Allmo gave a talk on the history of the nyckelharpa and where current research shows its origins could be. Olle Plahn was our resident fettler and he fettled away on nyckelharpas with sticky keys and fixing other problems here and there.

In the afternoon I fulfilled another wish - to have an ensemble. With just over an hour to prepare our tunes for the concert, time was very tight, but everyone did a wonderful job of pulling together the music I'd selected. The concert was good fun and of course we performed my arrangement of The Halsway Schottische for nyckelharpa ensemble. After the concert we had a little ceilidh followed by more sessioning. fan-Small

Sunday was a bit more informal with people selecting their groups and I got a session with the people I'd not seen, which was lovely. We had our traditional procession and because the weather was so good we managed to process throughout the grounds and have our photograph taken on the steps. We processed back into the manor for fika the music and our numbers filling the hall. I have to admit I did well up a little at this point. Luckily I managed to compose myself before having to speak to everyone again to organise the traditional harpa wheel.

This year because of the number of instruments and the shape of the hall we attempted a vague fan shaped pile of nyckelharpas on the floor. I wasn't very good at laying them down in a way that presented them well. Whether or not we attempt a proper wheel next year I'm not sure. It was quite nerve wracking trying to keep everyone away from it to protect the instruments - so it could be that this last 'shoal of harpas' is the last picture. Or maybe not...

olleTo finish the weekend we all met in the Long Room and played at little of what we'd done for the weekend for everyone, the three makers all presented their instruments and finally it was time to say our farewells and go home.

I learnt a lot over the course of the weekend and since I've been back I've been debriefing and planning for next year. Can we beat 42 players? There are over 60 beds at the manor itself and with camping and caravans it should be possible to make the weekend bigger and better! I have a beginners/less experienced weekend in April at Halsway (numbers limited to 12) and then anot
her full on festival weekend on the first weekend in September. So I hereby pronounce bookings open for both weekends. We can set another record 12 months from now!

Below is a little video playlist from the weekend. Bookings are now open for the Nyckelharpa Festival at Halsway Manor. There are still a couple of places left for the smaller beginners/less confident weekend in April. Click here for details!

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Vicki

Nyckelharpa lessons

18/09/2015 in News

One to one nyckelharpa lessons available in the southeast/Kent area

As most of you in the community know, I've been playing nyckelharpa for 10 years. I'm also a qualified violin teacher and run fiddle and nyckelharpa workshops at various festivals in the UK. I specialise in Scandinavian music and MC the monthly London Scandi session, but also have an interest in English and French dance music.

I play the nyckelharpa in CGDA (viola) tuning rather than CGCA. This way of tuning has become increasingly popular in the UK, Europe and with some of the younger players in Sweden.

If you are finding playing the nyckelharpa uncomfortable, I can help you explore different ways of holding the instrument. I have chosen, for ergonomic reasons, to adopt the underarm bowing method popularised by Didier François and Eléonore Billy. But note, I can teach you whichever holding method is most comfortable for you.

For more information, please email me on christinesusandyer (at) gmail.com

Nyckelharpa bows for sale

18/09/2015 in News

We've had a new batch of 10 harpa bows made up - there are six left. Any takers? Price £85, p&p extra.
Brazil and snakewood bows available. Length approx 480-500mm. Weight varies depending on design of frog.
I've tried all the bows and can vouch that they are very playable and make a good, strong but sweet sound.
I'm playing at various dance venues in the southeast and East Anglia over the next few months - I will have the bows with me if they haven't been sold.
We're based in southeast London. If you want to come round to try them, just send me a message (please email my partner Mike on mikejkeen (at) o2.co.uk).

Nyckelharpa for sale

31/05/2015 in News

Nyckelharpa for sale by Karl Ivar 'Lalle' Lythe

Karl made over 100 instruments (mainly to order) but was only really known in Sweden.This nyckelharpa is 'no 53' and was made in 1989. It features return springs on the keys which stop them rattling and sticking. The instrument is in good condition, nicely resonant and is ready to play with new strings.

Price £1400. Can supply a bow, but needs a case. Email me on christinesusandyer (at)gmail.com7586550729

Spring harpa gathering

23/03/2015 in News

Sadly, we can't go ahead with a weekend on 11/12 April. The pub venue is no longer available. Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you all, but these things do take time to organise - especially as we're chasing free venues. Many thanks to Edwin for his invaluable help with this one!
There's a chance we may be able to book something with the Prince of Wales in the autumn.
It's not all doom and gloom... there may be a possible alternative for the weekend 6/7 June in a pretty country pub just outside Chelmsford. Fingers crossed the date doesn't clash with any festivals or bals...
Let me know if you might be interested and I'll pursue the lead.
Chris x