Would you like to learn how to play the harp?

Morwenna Louttit-Vermaat of Hands on Harps
Morwenna Louttit-Vermaat of Hands on Harps
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The spotlight will focus on beautiful harps during this summer’s King’s Lynn Festival when there will be a rare opportunity to learn to play the instrument.

Two musicians passionate about the harp are holding informal workshops on Wednesday, July 27, for beginners. The lessons are suitable for anyone aged eight to 98 and no experience is required.

Hands on Harps will bring 10 folk harps – smaller than the concert instrument – to All Saints’ Church, Lynn, where they will give group lessons.

Creag and Morwenna Louttit-Vermaat set up Hands on Harps in response to requests for people keen to learn.

“It is the perfect beginner’s instrument because, assuming it is tuned correctly, you can’t play a duff note,” Creag said. “In one lesson it is possible to make a beautiful sound and participants will learn to play a melody and an exercise during the informal hour-long session.”

The workshops are being held at 2.30 and 4pm and cost £10. Call 01553-767557 to book a place.

Hands on Harps’ visit will precede a recital by internationally-famous harpist Catrin Finch in King’s Lynn Minster at 7.30pm on July 27.

Catrin was invited to revive the ancient tradition of Royal Harpist to the Prince of Wales, a position she held from 2000 to 2004, and performs in concert halls all over the world.

Lynn has a special link with the harp as the instruments’ strings are manufactured by Bow Brand at their Highgate factory in Lynn. Bow Brand are sponsoring Catrin’s concert.

Tickets from the Festival box office at Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.