Salts Mill, the huge and splendid mill built by Sir Titus Salt in 1853, was once the largest industrial revolution building in the world. It is now a thriving cultural centre, particularly famous for its David Hockney collection, and with all sorts of concerts, exhibitions and events. Such as! the one Eric, Alain and I have just returned from: the harp weekend held with our partners at Salts Mill, The Early Music Shop.
In case you are wondering why we, manufacturers of modern concert and lever harps, can be found in a shop otherwise specialising in early music - the relationship between the EMS and Camac goes back to the 1970s. At this time the Celtic and early music revivals were in full swing, and Camac was young and made a large variety of different instruments. We started devoting ourselves exclusively to the harp in the 1980s, and our Saltaire partnership has continued. You will find a complete range of our acoustic pedal and lever harps in Saltaire, up to and including our Vendôme, and of course you can order any of our models to this base in the middle of the United Kingdom.
We've had a great time at the harp weekend, led by Eira Lynn Jones, Louise Thomson and Rhian Evans. It was an event principally aimed at adult amateurs. This is a harpist group who can sometimes feel unsure of themselves, feeling they are "not serious". But, define serious - many of us love teaching amateurs, and there is nothing unserious about their passion and commitment, and the new perspectives on music they often teach us in turn.