Many harpists start playing as
children, through adolescence, usually followed by a musical degree in
one of the country's famous music academies. The most astounding fact
of all is the price of the harp itself. A reasonable standard harp is
around £12,000 new. Whereas a high quality concert harp for the more experienced
harpist can be around £30,000 to £40,000.
The harp is an ancient instrument which dates back thousands of years. There are several types and sizes of harp although the most common are the Celtic Harp and the Concert Harp. The Celtic Harp is a small to middle size instrument as far as harps go. As it tends to have less strings than a Concert Harp it does not provide the facility to play as wide a selection of tunes as that offered by a Concert Harp.
Celtic Harps tend to be more popular in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for obvious reasons. The Concert Harp, being larger, has substantially more strings and is far more flexible due to the greater range of notes that can be performed on it. Therefore, this tends to be the most popular choice for brides and corporate event organisers. Harpists are not only chosen for the soft angelic tones they make, but also for their visual appeal.
A harpist adds an air of class and refinement to any event. Most harpists perform a full range of music ranging from the well known classical greats to showtunes, celtic, pop, traditional, jazz and much more. These talented musicians are the most popular choice for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts.
This article was kindly contributed by Mark Grimwade
of www.harpist-directory.com, The harpists directory.
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