“Rebecca has been the perfect harp teacher for me. I live with the long-term effects of a head injury, which has affected my memory. I was concerned about going to harp lessons as I knew it would be cognitively challenging for me, though beneficial in terms of balancing the right and left functions of my brain and learning something new. Rebecca’s style of teaching is very patient and meets you at your own level. Her approach to the body remembering, through cellular memory (muscle memory), worked to my strength, as I did not have to rely purely on my own memory (my weakness) in the learning process. She naturally followed my own speed and progress, giving encouragement all the way. It has taken a few years and a lot of patience to get to the level I am now. However, it is worth it, as I will now be playing a set of harp tunes, along with my intuitive music at the reception of my niece’s wedding on Winter Solstice.”
Shelley Robinson, West Yorkshire, UK
“My first harp lesson was on my birthday and it was wonderful and inspiring. I found Rebecca very kind, patient, nurturing and calm. I also found it was much more than learning the harp – it was about myself, my alignment, where the music came from and Pythagoras’ work. I just loved it all and looked forward to each lesson. I found the harp very soothing and healing. From the pieces composed by Rebecca that she taught me, I felt uplifted and creativity flowed through me, enabling me to create some tunes myself from the structures I had learnt. I also had healing harp therapy with Rebecca, which was most revealing and helpful as well as nurturing. Rebecca has a beautiful gift with her music.”
Julie Thompson, East Yorkshire, UK
Julie won Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s competition with her own harp composition, played in a bluebell wood.
“I’ve always enjoyed the ‘rigour’ of playing the harp. With my working life dominated by deliverables, timelines and strategies it is easy to give over to over calculating the probability of events and actions. In effect your mind rushes ahead constantly falling faster forward in an attempt to predict the future. By playing the harp you are reminded that you cannot rush the song – everything has to be done with grace and timing. A lesson I learned years ago in Karate but seemingly need a refresher for other aspects of my life.”
Jim Lees, Cambridge, UK
“I will be happy to tell you about my experience with the harp… mainly the wonderful effects of the vibration of the sound and the fact of making my own healing music… I will continue to use my harp mainly for relaxation and attunement with my deeper Self. And now that a wonderful happening is blessing my life, as I’m expecting a baby and the benefits the vibrations of the harp can have in my pregnancy I feel can be very rewarding for me and for my baby still living in my belly and bring deep connection between us.”
Maria Angel Costa, Spain
Maria Angel has gone on to create: Harp music for the inner journey, connection to nature’s magic and ancient feminine lineages.
“The one thing which is more noticeable for me, both when hearing and even more when playing the harp, is a sense of ‘release’: like letting go of tensions and constraints in my brain and concentrating on the here and now. Additionally, I felt the enormous power of sound vibration (both from the harp and voice) and how they can stimulate different feelings, mostly of calm, strength and communion, not by going through the brain (i.e. from thinking or rationalising) but by going through the body (i.e. through your sensory perception).”
Maria Russo, Cambridge, UK