Afternoon Workshops 

  • B1 'Ceremony of TAO' Susanne Heinz,Germany
  • B2 'Four Levels of Improvisation' Jan Braunstein, Germany/Czech
  • B3 'How to 'create' Music' Els van der Meij, Netherlands
  • B4 'Creating a Space to Share' Regula Utzinger, Switzerland
  • B5 'C-major, prison or anchor?' Cornelia Wiemers, Netherlands/Germany
  • B6 'Playing the Lyre in combination with other new developed instruments'
    Eric Speelman, Netherlands
  • B7 'Creating a Social Space with the Lyre' John Billing, Ireland
  • B8 'My Lyre´s Voice' Inga Björk Ingadóttir, Island
  • B9 'Call and Response' Christina Porkert, USA
  • B10 'Singing, Playing, Modelling' Willemijn Soer, Netherlands
  • B11 'Happy Meeting with the Lyre' Vicky Deng, China
  • B12 'Lyre and Poetry' Jutte Brandts Buys, Netherlands
  • B13 'Just Playing, Enjoying Harmony' Reinier Steinbuch, Netherlands
  • B14 'Developing skills in listening to the body'Elizabeth McKay, Australia
  • B15 'Youth Program'

'Ceremony of TAO' Susanne Heinz,Germany

In his lectures Rudolf Steiner talks very often about the TAO.
In the tone- eurythmy- course he gives a melody of 4 tones, which are the musical expression of the word TAO.
The form of this seminar:
First step - at the beginning I would like to give an introduction.
Second step - several group-exercises with lyre, singing, speaking and eurythmy.
Third step - when we have gone deep into the subject, we start building up a ceremony.
I have done this in different cities in Asia.
We need to get the feeling of the atmosphere of the city where we are. And from there on we decide together.
It is difficult to describe, because in each city it is a different experience.
The ceremony and the preparation for it need may be three hours including a break.
I suggest 15.00 to 18.00.

Susanne Heinz München, Germany

“Four Levels of Improvisation” Jan Braunstein, Germany/Czech

In an artistic manner exploring the different ways of musical improvisation:
1. Form: Focusing on musical form and geometry, creating rhythmic and melodic variations within a given structure.
2. Stream: Developing the sense of phrasing in a free musical flow leading to motives and themes.
3. Expression: Playing with chords, harmony, tension and musical expression / impression; exploring the realm of our feeling.
4. Individuality: All music arises out of presence, listening and our free will.
Level required: Sufficient experience in lyre playing (not total beginners).
Languages: English/German en Czech
Participants: max. 15
Jan Braunstein brings experience as a Waldorf teacher, music therapist, lyre teacher, conductor, freelance musician and lyre innovator. He gives lessons, workshops and performances around the world. He is founder of Ateliér Délos and a lyre teacher at the International Conservatory in Prague

'How to 'create' Music' Els van der Meij, Netherlands

How are chords formed and how can I find a melody, perhaps even a text, to accompany them? From theory (nothing to be afraid of) to playing, listening and improvising. Languages: English/German, Participants: 9-12
Els van der Meij studied organ and church music in Arnhem. She also has a degree in anthroposofical music therapy. Currently she works as an organist in the Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem and as a music therapist at the anthroposophic health centre 'De Rozenhof' in Zutphen.

'Creating a Space to Share' Regula Utzinger, Switzerland

Questions; experiences; what and how to play for people in a palliative situation.
Beginners and advanced players welcome; be prepared to practise and to listen to each other.
Regula Utzinger, Musician, music therapist.

'C-major, prison or anchor?' Cornelia Wiemers, Netherlands/Germany

The C-major scale: playing, moving and variating. Is it anchor or support? Or does it keep you imprisoned? How to become free and independent from 'scale-thinking' ? A lively and fresh view of an ancient phenomenon.
Languages: German/Dutch/English
Participants: max. 15
Cornelia Wiemers, Crescenda; musician, music therapist; Dalcroze-rhythmic teacher.

“Playing the Lyre in combination with
other new developed instruments” Eric Speelman, Netherlands

In this workshop we will explore combinations of instruments, with the lyre in the centre.
We will play easy pieces together and improvise. We will experience the unique soundspace and movement of every instrument.
Together we will compose a piece for lyre and other instruments.
There will be a lot of Choroi-instruments available in A=432Hz: 15 bordunlyres, Children harps, streaming lyre, groups of intervalflutes, choroi-flutes, glockenspiel, big (lap) xylophone, percussion, woodblocks etc.
languages: English/Dutch/German,
Participants: max. 25
Eric Speelman: Choroi-instrument builder and developer and musician.

'Creating a Social Space with the Lyre' John Billing, Ierland

Playing the lyre together for all ability levels from beginners to advanced.
We will use music scores so at least a very basic music-reading skill is necessary.
Music from different times and places arranged with challenging parts for well advanced players through to very easy parts for beginners.
Languages: English
Participants: not limited, must be abel to read music
John Billing: For the last 23 years he has been earning his living as an independent musician; giving concerts with the lyre, composing, recording and teaching internationally. For some of that time he has been closely connected to the Camphill Community and other Centers where daily life and work is shared with people with special needs. In recent years he has been extraordinarily busy teaching the lyre to many new groups of lyrists in different cities of China.

'My Lyre´s Voice' Inga Björk Ingadóttir, Island
Dialogues between lyre and voice.
We will intensify our personal and individual contact with the lyre.
We will have a closer look at the connection and conversation between the lyre´s voice and our own voice. And explore the moment we are allowed to sing with her.
This workshop is for participants who want to move along with the lyre and the singing in a creative way. (Please bring your own lyre)
Participants: max. 10
Inga Björk Ingadóttir, Musician, music therapist en teacher

'Call and Response' Christina Porkert, USA

A simple piece by Italian Renaissance composer Floriano Canale (in 8 parts!) will lead us into exploring the world of Antiphonal Music (as also used in many folk traditions) and inspire us to create our own call and response. Level: intermediate.
Languages: English/German
Participants: min 8, no max
Christina Porkert first encountered the lyre over 25 years ago during her training in anthroposophic music therapy in Berlin. As a therapist, teacher and performing artist, she continues to explore the healing qualities of this special instrument. She lives currently in upstate NY and divides her time between teaching music (cello & lyre) and training horses.

'Singing, Playing, Modelling' Willemijn Soer, Netherlands

“Wie bringen wir unser tiefinnerliches Terzerleben zu neuer Objektivitaet?” (Heiner Ruhland)
Creating a new space for the third interval? Searching together for a new experience with the third interval sound in modern music.
Please bring your own music.
Language: German/Dutch
Participants: 14 -20
Willemijn Soer: *1939, Music teacher in Steiner Seminar Zeist, she worked during ten years with elderly people who suffered from dementia and played lyre in palliative care in a Hospice.

'Happy Meeting with the Lyre' Vicky Deng, China

We will play simple songs and do basic exercises to enjoy the sound of the lyre and explore the movement of lyre sounds in the space around us.
Let’s find peace in ourselves with the lyre.
Workshop for beginners.
Participants: max. 20
Vicky Deng: lives in Zhuhai in South China. She is the legal representative of the 'Zhuhai Happy Heart Education Counseling Co. Ltd.' a company dedicated to improving cultural lifestyle. After participating in the 2015 International Lyre Conference in the United States she was deeply moved by the lyre and full of enthusiasm for lyre playing. She travelled to Europe several times to attend lyre meetings and to visit European lyre builders. She is committed to the dissemination of the modern lyre culture in China and has organized a number of world famous lyre musicians to conduct concerts and workshops with the lyre in many cities of China. She teaches the pentatonic lyre to children at the local Waldorf School and the chromatic lyre to some adults locally.

'Lyre and Poetry' Jutte Brandts Buys, Netherlands

It is a nice experience to improvise with your lyre on hearing the spoken word,
to accompany poetry or a beautiful story. I had the chance to do this for several years and would like to share this experience with you. It is searching for the balance between silence and movement, listening and playing. You must be at home on your lyre of course, but no special skill is required.
Language: English/German/Dutch
Participants: not limited
Jutte Brandts Buys: She was a lyre teacher in Bergen North Holland for many years, working with groups and individuals. Since long retired but still enjoying to make music together when time allows!

'Just Playing, Enjoying Harmony' Reinier Steinbuch, Netherlands

Playing together and enjoying harmony. We will play pieces from Bach to contemporary lyre composers. Listening is important.
The workshop is meant for lyre-players with some experience.

Languages: Dutch/English/German
Participants: not limited

Reinier Steinbuch has been playing the lyre since he was 7 years old. During his studies in management science he had an extensive lyre-teaching practice. Nowadays he plays the lyre in the Christian Community and sometimes at meetings of the Anthroposophical Society. He also uses the lyre in his work as organization consultant.

'Developing skills in listening to the body'Elizabeth McKay, Australia

Developing skills in listening to the body to gain greater freedom, ease and elegance in our lyre playing. The principals and practices developed by Moshe Feldenkrais are the basis of this workshop, with the addition of other practices I have developed in my years as a music teacher, musician and social worker. It is a very experiential workshop giving people the opportunity to explore and discover new possibilities in their physical ability to move and play.

'Youth program'

An activity will be organized for the youth every afternoon. The program for that is not yet finished, it will follow later!