memories

Why would you study with a metronome?

When you play an instrument, there is something that, sooner or later, you will find yourself getting acquainted with: the metronome. The metronome as we know it now was developed in 1815 in England, by […]

Playing together

For the last few months both my students and those of my colleague Nanja Bakker have been studying hard with the music of Flidias, a piece for a harp ensemble and a storyteller. It is an […]

Memories of Hans den Brok

In the last few months the FHF! has published some articles with the memories people have of harp builder Hans den Brok. It got me thinking, so here I’d like to share my story. In […]

Playing (harp) outside

It’s summer again, which means that here in the Netherlands there is a good chance of nice weather. It means that many of my students tell me there is little time to study: the temptation […]

Organising a festival is fun!

At first my plan was to write this blog-post a few weeks before the Harp Friends Meeting, but somewhere between the many emails to artists and participants, the making of the folders and organising sleeping […]

Half an hour a day.

During my years at the conservatory I was sometimes jealous of one of my roomies. He studied psychology, but spent most of his days doing other things. During the day he hardly had to be […]

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This summer I gave birth to our son. It was one of the happiest days of our lives and it was amazing to see a new life being born. Of course as (new) parents we […]