COURSE WEEKS & WEEKENDS & SUMMER-SCHOOLS 

in Donegal, North-west Ireland
Harp Summer-school - 2 weeks from June 30th 2024 - BOOKING NOW

in Warwick (British Midlands) UK
2024 Monthly Harp Weekends from January to May, September - November - BOOKING NOW


at Marlborough College (Wiltshire) UK
Beginner's Harp Course (harps provided) and a lecture-recital series entitled 'The Story of the Celtic Harp' both presented by Janet (www.summerschool.co.uk

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CCE Harp Workshops Poster Jan 2024 b Page 12024 After the historic January taster, Janet will be starting up

Trad Harp Group Classes in Leamington Spa

60 Prospective harp players attended the workshop and declared interest in learning...

Janet is now FUND-RAISING to build a stock of harps to loan/hire out 
and is hoping to get TRAD HARP GROUP CLASSES going from Sept 2024.

If you are interested in helping with the fund-raising, attending fund-raising events, or joining the TRAD HARP CLASSES from September,  

and you are not already on my mailing list...

CONTACT JANET at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

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2024  DONEGAL HARP SUMMER-SCHOOLS 
with Ireland's most celebrated tutor Janet Harbison
in the famous Donegal town of Dungloe (close to Donegal Airport) (35 min flights @ €40 from Dublin Airport)

JUNE 30 - JULY 6 Adults Only! (Sunday to Saturday)
JULY 7 - 13 ALL Players and Teachers (Saturday or Sunday to Saturday)

2024 Located in a village of holiday cottages in the wonderfully situated Donegal town of Dungloe, beside the sea and surrounded by the best of rugged landscape (and Mount Errigal, Donegal's highest mountain,  this year Janet presents two weeks that can be attended singly or both together for double the fun and progress!

Week 1: June 30 - July 6, is for ADULT PLAYERS. 
This first week is a regular summer-school for players over the age of 18 featuring all you would expect in the format of  previous years: daily tuition in large and small groups, workshops, lectures, concerts, sessions and local trips out - a superb week of positive harping, significant progress and confidence building - all while making great social connections!   

Arrive Sunday June 30th and join us for dinner at 7pm.  The course proper starts at 9.30am on Monday July 1st.  Depart Saturday 6th after breakfast.  (Accommodation on Saturday evening 6th is also available on arrangement.)

Week 2: July 7 - 13 is for ALL PLAYERS and TEACHERS 
PLAYERS arrive Sunday July 7th and join us for supper at 7pm (or stay over from Week 1 at no extra cost for Saturday 6th accommodation).
TEACHERS arrive Saturday 6th or Sunday morning 7th for an 11am start to a day specifically for teachers introducing the 'Fundamentals of Oral Teaching'.

The ALL PLAYERS course 
The course starts at 10am on Monday 8th with accommodation from Sunday 7th.  But for those staying over from Week 1, in-between-courses-day (Saturday 6th) accommodation is free.

With a programme and time-table similar to Week 1, but open also to teenagers, and with a course for teachers alongside the summer school, this is also a summerschool for younger students who can opt just for the morning classes (from 10am-1pm).  With extra teachers on board, everybody gets lots of teacher-attention - often with one-on-one training - all presented or supervised by Janet.    Everyone is invited to join in the evening time activities - including the 'teachers' concert' on Wednesday, the 'big quiz' on Thursday evening and the 'finale night' on Friday with the big session at Húdí Beag's into the small hours (and a bus home)...  Whichever you are: student or teacher, we guarantee that everyone will get a great week's training, a wild Donegal experience and a whole new community of for-ever harpy friends.  Another bonus for adult students staying over from Week 1, is a free night's accommodation on the Saturday night in-between the courses (8th).

The TEACHERS course 
Week 2 is also designed for TEACHERS who wish to learn from Janet's unrivalled legacy of training many of Ireland's most renowned players today.  Specialising in traditional (oral) learning, she divulges her method in approaching all aspects of student's learning, including those wishing to play traditional music after classical learning, and visa versa.  Whichever background you come from, and whether you are already professional, improving your skills or just starting out - this is a week that will hone your leadership skills, equip you with relevant repertoire, build confidence and competence in tutoring, and enhance your creative arrangement skills for tune accompaniment or ensemble playing.   

 

Our Course Venue

On the Wild Atlantic Way (coast) and just a few minutes walk from the centre of the town of Dungloe, our summer school venue is in the Fairgreen Cottages Complex - located beside the Waterfront Hotel (with a spa and health centre!).   We have a range of 2-bedroomed and 4-bedroomed cottages - all with twin or double beds (which can also be booked for single occupation).  The 2-bedroomed cottages share a bathroom – and 4-bedroomed cottages have all rooms ensuite. Each cottage also has its own sitting room and fully equipped kitchen (so people can choose how they wish to have their evening meals - cooking in or out!).  We expect that we will have some of the houses 'hosting' evenings (party nights!) ........

Afternoon Options

For walks, swims, exploring, shopping, relaxing, practising!  Dungloe is a typical Donegal town with lots to offer.  We are also closely located to Mount Errigal, Donegal's most spectacular mountain that is a favourite for climbers (mid level) and are close to the Glenveigh National Park which is a preserved area of natural beauty and nature conservation. 

Included in our Wednesday afternoon trip is a boat trip to the wild Gola Island (weather permitting).  The island is now deserted but a very special place much celebrated in Donegal songs.  

Recommended Travel Arrangements

Fly into Dublin Airport, and take another flight from Dublin airport to Donegal with Aer Lingus. This takes 35 minutes and costs €40 and there are just 2 flights every day at 11.40 and 18.50hrs. The airport is just a short drive from our Centre and we will pick you up. Be sure to book early. Alternatively, you may hire a car and drive, or take a direct bus to Dungloe from Dublin Airport. This is a journey of 4-5 hours – or take some days to tour around and explore!

Booking now available...

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Read schedules for Week 1, Week 2 - Students, Week 2 - Teacher's Course


2024 WARWICK UK HARP WEEKENDS

In Shakespeare's County, in the British Midlands
(close to Birmingham Airport) 

March 9-10
April 13-14
May 11-12
September 21-22
October 19-20
November 16-17
 

Group Training Courses    

2-day courses for low to high Intermediate Adult Players (minimum 1 year experience) at the Harp Studio, St.Nicholas Park with a wild and wonderful 'Irish Night' on Saturday evening with dinner and a traditional Irish music session with lots of local Irish musicians either in Janet's home or at a nearby pub.

Guaranteed to give gentle, effective and motivating group training in a social and progressive atmosphere.  A maximum of 6 players participate on each Weekend so early booking advised!

A new feature is the 'Friday Extra' option of one or more dedicated one-on-one hour training sessions with Janet totally tailored to you!  Email Janet to fix a time!

Accommodation is recommended at the Castle Limes Hotel (5 minutes walk from the Studio) where we have secured a special discount for our participating harp players.    

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2024 MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE SUMMERSCHOOL 
The UK's most celebrated Summer School in historic Wiltshire (www.summerschool.co.uk)

July 28 - August 3 at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, UK

In the magnificent setting of Marlborough College (not far from Stonehenge), there is the Marlborough College Summer School offering courses in everything from making stained glass windows, to choral singing, to political debating, to crafting - courses for everyone, young and old.  And for their 'week 4', Janet is presenting the perfect summer school experience for novice harp players - practical hands-on harping in the morningtimes (course no.214) and in the afternoons, a lecture-recital presentation entitled 'The Story of the Celtic Harp' (course no.216).    

 See: www.summerschool.co.uk for the full programme.

Booking is open.  Click here for the info on:

Celtic Harp for Beginners  

The Story of the Celtic Harp


 1-to-1  LIVE AND ON-LINE 'Regular' or 'Flexible' TUITION

One-on-one training from Janet at or from her Harp Studio in Warwick.

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 COMING SOON:  Downloadable Harp Lessons from Beginner Level 1 - Advanced Level 4 - with live tutorial options

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