keeping the harp safe and sound
The harp fits in beautifully with outdoor settings: The acoustic sound carries exceedingly well without overpowering tranquil scenes, and the instrument's wood structure blends seamlessly with natural environments.
While the harp looks and sounds fantastic outdoors, it is still a delicate instrument that needs to be cared for and preserved. Harps are not waterproof, nor are they immune to sun. To keep the harp safe and sound, please review these Outdoor Requirements.
I. An inclement weather contingency plan and/ or alternate location:
The harp will not be moved outside or remain outside in the event of rain, strong winds, or other conditions that pose a risk to the instrument.
II. The venue must have a flat, stable, and easily accessible surface measuring at least 3' x 5'.
Examples: Porch, covered patio, gazebo, or other type of solid, integrated structure (not portable).
UNCOVERED GRASS, DIRT, GRAVEL, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF LOOSE AND/OR UNEVEN GROUND COVERING DOES NOT MEET THIS REQUIREMENT FOR THE HARP.
I perform on pedal harps. Pedals are moved with the feet, and action is compromised by uneven, grassy, loose, or soft surfaces that restrict movement.
Harps can tip over easily if they are not supported by an adequate surface.
Weight is unevenly distributed between the base and highest point of the column, making them unstable.
III. A shaded area for the harp.
The surface described above must be beneath a built-in structure that provides shade.
I can wear sunscreen and drink water to stay cool, but the harp cannot.
Harps are made of wood. High temperatures make wood expand, causing strings to stretch, loose pitch, and break. Shade helps control temperatures.
IV. The performance site must be fully handicap accessible.
If your location--from parking place to performance site-- can only be accessed by way of hills or rough/uneven surfaces, please seek other options.
The harp is moved on a dolly, pushed by me.
Every venue is different, and individual questions or concerns will gladly be addressed.
Please CONTACT me with your venue details.