The Nordic Harp Meeting 2011 took place at Broby Gamle Skole in Denmark.
Saxo Grammaticus, Olaus Magnus, Icelandic sagas and other sources tell us that plucked
string instruments have been used in the North for dance music and in context with
singing since medieval times. Therefore, the musical contents of the NHM 2011 focused
on early music, on traditional tunes from Nordic countries, and the performance of
ballads with both voice and plucked string instruments.
Notably Denmark, but all other Nordic countries and Britain as well, possess a rich tradition of ballads. These have the triple advantage that:
- they can be sung,
- they can be danced, and
- they are easy to accompany on plucked string instruments, such as harps, lyres, psalteries and more.
Click here for the programme of the NHM 2011.
The Nordic Harp Meeting 2011 was made possible by financial support from the
Nordic Culture Fund and Gjøvik spelmannslag. It was arranged as a cooperation between
Folkekulturværkstedet Broby Gamle Skole (Denmark), Gjøvik spelmannslag (Norway),
Malmös medeltidsförening Torsheim (Sweden), Musikkulturföreningen Kantele- och Kalevala Vänner (Sweden), Nordiska psalmodikonförbundet (Sweden), Finnish Harpist Society (Finland), and Teater Kontur (Sweden).