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Hands on Harps sessions prove popular with beginners as part of King's Lynn Festival

PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 July 2016

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Beautiful music filled a historic church in the centre of King's Lynn as members of the public tried their hands at playing the harp.

Hands on Harps, sponsored by the EDP, was a day of informal workshops suitable for ages eight and upwards held at All Saints’ Church as part of the King’s Lynn Festival.

Creag Louttit-Vermaat, who ran the workshops with his wife Morwenna – accompanied by their nine-month-old son Django, said they spent a time travelling as musicians and people from all over the world would ask if they could be taught how to play the harp.

He said: “People think learning to play the harp is expensive and difficult and that they are fragile and big but it doesn’t need to be any of those things.

“I love getting beginners behind the harp, it’s a really good beginners’ instrument. Unlike the violin, where you put a beginner behind it and it doesn’t sound amazing straight away, it’s easy to make a nice sound.

“It has been really positive, people have really enjoyed it and we have had some talented musicians.”

The two sessions, held on Wednesday, sold out and so a third was put on to meet the popular demand.

Jo Jones, communication and events intern for King’s Lynn Festival, said: “It’s just been a really lovely day.

“Even as people walked out they gave really great comments. It’s a way of making music accessible for all ages and varying degrees of abilities.

“There has been quite a mix of people so it really has worked.”

To find out more about how you can learn to play the harp go to www.handsonharps.com

Have you got a story about music? Email sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk

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