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Harpist Elisabeth Westhead presents a programme of animal-themed music at the Inspired by gallery

  • Inspired By... Gallery North York Moors National Park Authority, Bondgate, Helmsley, YO62 5BP United Kingdom (map)

Cleveland harpist Elisabeth Westhead will play a programme of music inspired by the animals in the exhibition Spirited Wildlife when she appears at the Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, on 23 August.

Elisabeth is playing at a Meet the Artists session, when the public are invited to go along and talk to the three Spirited Wildlife artists – painter Andy Broderick, and sculptors Stef Ottevanger and Emma Stothard, whose work depicts the animals of the National Park in media ranging from watercolours to bronzes and twisted willow and silver wire.

Saltburn-based Elisabeth says: “I’ll be playing tunes which have a connection with animals and birds from all genres: film, traditional, and even classical sources.”

Elisabeth is also a harp therapist, using music to stimulate emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing. She says: “My main harp is a 38-string Sequoia Creek in cherry wood, made for me by Jeff Lewis in Michigan. I chose a harp with simple lines so it would not look out of place if I played classical music on it, and with a sound gentle enough to allow me to use it for harp therapy.

“Over the years I have played my harp in all sorts of venues, from San Diego Hospice to Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium, from Whitby Pavilion to Chatsworth, in gardens and and town halls.”

Elisabeth will play at the Meet the Artists session at the gallery on Saturday 23 August for 30 minutes from noon, 1pm and 2pm. Andy Broderick, Stef Ottevanger and Emma Stothard will be at the gallery to talk with visitors from noon to 3pm.

Spirited Wildlife can be seen at the Centre’s Inspired by… gallery from Friday 20 June to Sunday 20 July, daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm (August) and 10am to 5pm (September). Entry is free.

The Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors.

For more information on the North York Moors National Park and forthcoming exhibitions and events, go to

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