Harpy Holidays

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Harpists are a busy bunch in December. From orchestra pits to shopping malls to holiday parties, harpists around the world shared photos of their December days on social media using the hashtag #practicalharpist. Here are a few of our favorites! Join nearly 2,000 #practicalharpist photos on social media and hashtag your harp photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook .

"That time it was really snowy five years ago and I trudged through the Horniman Museum gardens to my gig..."

“That time it was really snowy five years ago and I trudged through the Horniman Museum gardens to my gig…”

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Keziah Thomas; @harpistkeziah

Home: London, U.K.

Caption: That time it was really snowy five years ago and I trudged through the Horniman Museum gardens to my gig…

Age: 35

What pays the bills? Playing the harp.

What’s your hidden talent? I love crafting and find inspiration for things to make on Pinterest with my 1-year-old son.

What is your favorite piece to play on the harp? Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, in fact, there is a tiny snippet of me performing this piece in the film An Education.

What do you do to avoid practicing? Avoid?! I would do anything for a few minutes practicing with a toddler around the house. I set up all sorts of toys and instruments to keep him happy while I play.

What’s your favorite smartphone app? Cleartune if I am at a gig and have forgotten my tuner. Just need a tuning key app now!

What did you want to be when you were a kid? So predictable, but a harpist!

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Up Next—Harp Hands!

Join in our next photo challenge! Harp Hands: They are our most valuable tools of the trade. Show us what your harp hands look like and how they work in your harp life. Share your photos by Feb. 1 with the hashtag #practicalharpist for a chance to win a one-year subscription to the magazine and be featured in the March/April 2016 issue.

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