Was an intense lead-up to Somerset, as I was trying to finish and get printed both a music book (Five Solos for Lever Harp) as well as a lever harp version of my composition Passage and an updated Fantasy on Greensleeves for lever harp. Not mention prepping for four workshops and a performance!
But it all got done and I had a wonderful time at the festival. Had so many people tell me they love Harp Tuesday and how useful they’ve found it and that’s always special. I know people watch the videos but it’s different somehow to meet face to face the people that your work has affected – thanks!
First, as has become tradition, some airport selfies :)
Vancouver, getting ready to take an overnight flight to Ottawa…
In Ottawa at 4am (well, 7am local time)
And finally at Newark, looking pretty tired :)
Arrived Wednesday and fortunately had all day plus most of Thursday to catch up on sleep and get un-jetlagged.
Picked up my music from the printers in NJ:
Very happy with how they turned out!
Kathy DeAngelo and her team put on quite an amazing event as always- a few photos:
Pre-concert sound check on Thursday:
A few of the harps in the vendor hall…:
The Virginia Harp Center provided me with a harp for my concert and workshops (more below) – a big thank you to them! Here I am buying a wire string set for my pedal harp – time to change those wires!
I wanted to play a Camac Excalibur for my concert at Somerset, but the Virginia Harp Center was sold out… except they had one that was sold, but not yet delivered since the owner was moving… And it turns out Tess, the owner, is a fan and was delighted to let me play her harp at the festival. Here I am signing it for her – thanks Tess!
After the festival a spent a day in New York before flying home:
More airport selfies!
New York bagel at Newark
Home! (A very realistic looking backdrop at the airport, not really downtown Victoria.)
What a week – had a wonderful time!