The harp makes for a stunning sight, but put it in a beautiful setting, and the resulting view can be truly breathtaking. We asked harpists to share photos of their view from the harp, using the hashtag #practicalharpist. We received so many amazing entries, it was hard to choose our favorites. Here are some shots we loved, and you can check out the rest by searching the hashtag #practicalharpist on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Keep sharing your harp life photos with us on social media using the hashtag #practicalharpist.
Winner: Catrin Meek
Find Catrin on Instrgram at @catkinerina
Home: United Kingdom
Occupation: Student at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, pursuing my master’s at the Royal Academy in September.
Photo caption: Sneaky pic at Windsor Castle
Story behind the photo: I had the gig through the RCM Creative Careers Centre, and played during a reception for the Duke of Edinburgh, then got to meet him afterwards! He asked why all Welsh people are good at playing the harp, and he also said he enjoyed my playing.
What’s your hidden talent? I play the violin (badly).
What do you do to avoid practicing? Eating out a lot—especially tea and cake!
What is your favorite smartphone app? Soundcloud—where you can store all of your recordings and people can listen!
What’s your favorite piece to play on the harp? My favorite piece has to be Spanish Dance No. 1 by Manuel de Falla.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? I wanted to be in lots of orchestras (with my pink violin)!
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Join in our next photo challenge! Show us your harp wardrobe—from the old trusty harp shoes to the ridiculous costume gigs to the barefoot beach weddings, show us what you wear at the harp. Share your photos by August 1 with the hashtag #practicalharpist for a chance to win a one-year subscription to Harp Column and be featured our next issue!