First of all thank-you so much for your support of the 2014 Harping for Harps fundraising initiative which resulted in the purchase and donation of 3 new CAMAC lever harps to 2 projects in Brazil.
As you may know, since my return to Canada last June, I have been continuing to work with my Brazilian teaching assistants via skype. They and the students are doing well and some new ones have been started too!
In order to maintain the foundation laid last year, my plan is to return each year around the beginning of their school year. The time for my first return trip is nearly here and I am very excited to be working with the students again soon. As there are some items needed, I have decided to do a second Harping for Harps concert fundraiser coming up very soon – March 5th from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at St. David’s United Church, 3303 Capitol Hill Crescent NW, Calgary. I will play some music of course but will also share pictures, videos and stories from my time there last year.
As I mentioned there are some items needed for which I am fundraising specifically. The biggest challenge the students are facing right now is that they cannot take harps home to practice. To do regular work, the only option at the moment is for them to practice 3 or 4 times each week at the music projects. Unfortunately, many of the students live very far from the projects (3-15 kms) and most of them have to walk to get there so it is very hard to expect them to do this more than once or twice each week. Clearly, this is a huge barrier to their progress on the instrument. My goal with this second fundraising concert is to raise enough to purchase 2 or 3 “tiny” harps from a company either in the U.S. or the U.K. These harps would be used as models for the projects’ own luthiery students to build instruments for the children to practice on at home.
It is certainly a difficult time for our economy in Canada and I know we are all tightening our belts. Nevertheless, if you are able to support this initiative in any way, the students and I would be most grateful! It would be wonderful to see you at the concert on the 5th in any case! If you are unable to attend but would like to support the projects, please feel free to contact me by email or phone.
UPDATE 2016-03-01: Now includes details about Brazil Strings!
Thank-you again for your support which has facilitated an incredible opportunity for these vulnerable children in Brazil.