|Harpa in performance - all twelve of us getting ready to enjoy playing for an audience while Robert Burns looks on thoughtfully - he enjoyed it, I'm sure!|
May 31, 2017
Harpa 2017 is a wrap!
We are now all back from our Harpa trip to Scotland! We had a great time – over and over again.
We went to St. Andrews, seeing the Castle, Cathedral and the town and then through Glen Coe and on to Fort William.
While in Fort William we rehearsed and raised over £70 for Great Ormond Street Hospital for children!
We spent two amazing nights on Skye at the Sconser Lodge continuing our preparations and seeing beautiful, breathtaking Skye. And jamming...
From there we went down to Ayrshire and spent a lovely time at the Lodge at Dumfries House where we also played our first concert with special guest and resident harpist - Meredith McCrindle. Proceeds went to the Prince’s Trust.
We visited Glasgow, the Kelpies, Rosslyn Chapel, and more of the Ayrshire area. After getting a delightful tour of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum from the Curator, Sean McGlashan, we played a concert there as well!
We spent two nights in Moniaive, arranged by Wendy Stewart. We played with our guests Dumfries and Galloway Branch of the Clarsach Society and Wendy, raising money both for the Branch and for the venue – the Mill on Fleet.
We returned to Ayrshire and our final concert at Culzean Castle – a lovely all day “progressive concert” with some subset of us performing throughout the day, raising money for Ayr Hospice.
Throughout our trip we were collecting fun times and continued documentation of the lands of tiny sinks as well as a relatively thorough exploration of available hot chocolates across Scotland!
As a group and as individuals we enjoyed our vacation, had a blast performing to raise money for charities, and getting to meet and know people. We can hardly wait for next time!
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