Harp Workshops, Courses and Weeks 2018
With Janet Harbison

Janet is has arranged an exciting year of Harp activities from Teacher Training Courses to Fun Harp Workshops, Courses and Residential Harp Weeks.

If you are interested in joining Janet please register you interest, mentioning which courses you are interested in by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Janet will contact you with the full programme and more details.


Boghill Centre, County Clare, HARP WEEKS
& Inisheer, Aran Islands, Galway Bay

The Burren, at the Boghill Centre, County Clare
and Inisheer, Aran Islands, Galway Bay

June 10 – 17       Week 1 - Burren and Inisheer
June 17 – 24       Week 2 - Burren
June 24 – July 1 Week 3 - Burren       
(There is no course between July 1st and 8th!)

Inisheer, Aran Islands, Galway Bay

July 15 – 22       Inisheer, Aran Islands, Galway Bay

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August 24th – 31st  

Porthleven, Cornwall
This is a gentle harping week of training in the mornings at a National Trust property, with individual lessons or outings in the afternoons. 

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August 31st  – September 7th  

Newquay, Cornwall is the venue for a new adventure with the harp!  This week is also the Cornish festival of bards where all the bards gather and there are many local events featuring Cornwall’s myths, legends, parades and poetry evenings!  We bring the celtic harp to the mix for a great first venture into this special branch of Celticism… The pattern of the week will be as a ‘Harp Orchestra Week’ and Cornish music will be included in the programme.  Register your interest in this week asap.

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September 8 – 15th and 15th – 22rd

Based in the Walker’s Hostel (every room ensuite), these courses revisit the original location for Janet’s summerschools – that all started here in the early 1980s. 

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in oral/aural training and the HARBISON HARP METHOD at Ulster University, Derry, Northern Ireland. 

Induction Course to Levels 1 – 4  (This course may also be done on-line).                        
September 29 – 30 (Sat-Sun)           

Level 1  (Beginners from age 12)                                 
Oct 1 – 3 (Mon - Wed)

Level 2  (Low intermediate)                                                 
Oct 5 - 8 (Fri – Mon)

Level 3  (High Intermediate)                                                  
Oct 9 - 13 (Tue – Sat)

Level 4  (Advancing)                                               
Oct 15 - 19 (Mon – Fri)

Juniors  (Age 7 – 11)                                                       
Oct 22 - 23 (Mon – Tue)

Adults   (from Age 20 upwards!)                                       
Oct 24 - 26 (Wed – Fri)

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If you are interested in joining Janet or would like more information, please register your interest, mentioning which courses you are interested in by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Janet will contact you with the full programme and more details.


Summer Harp Weeks 2017

Janet based her Summer Harp Weeks at the Boghill Centre, at the heart of the Burren, County Clare In a World Heritage Nature Reserve & Geopark. 

With each of the 4 differently themed weeks, participants at all standards, ages and abilities could hone their choices from the Summer Weeks Programme – all progressing their individual playing skills (with group and one-on-one teaching, ‘Technique Clinics’, ‘Easy Ear Training’, ‘On Ornamentation and Variation’, ‘Exploring Repertoires’) and also building ease and confidence in informal group playing (as in participating in a traditional ‘Session’) and in stagecraft and formal performance in the final week with the ‘real, live concert experience’!  Teachers were also catered for in two of the weeks: the first which offered an introduction to ‘oral training’ and the second getting ‘stuck in’ with exploring the necessary skills and repertoire for effective oral teaching and leading.   

Each week also featured a programme of visiting nearby scenic spots (including the Cliffs of Moher, ancient Stone Circles and dolmens) and Dunguaire Castle, local festival concerts (including the Willie Clancy Week), villages, sessions and ceilís (with set dancing!) with valuable performing experience alongside Janet herself. 

Janet's Summer Schools offer an invigorating harping experience “away from it all” - don't miss the next one!


What the participants thought:

‘I have just experienced four incredible weeks of total immersion harp studies.  Honestly, I absolutely loved every minute of it and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.  I was exposed to wonderful stories of Irish history, amazing music, fabulous people, an incredible venue with excellent cuisine and your thoughtful curriculum complete with teachers on your team who are second to none.  Thank you Janet, and thanks to everyone for your contributions towards this magnificent learning experience.  You’re all forever in my heart.’ 
Connie C, Okanagen Falls, BC


‘Janet, you’re my champion – Grainne H and Cormac DeB both said I would do great with you, and I did!  Loved my 3 weeks with you this year as well as my week last year.  Coming back again next year for sure!’ 
Hank H, Arkansas, USA


This was my second time and worth every inch of the distance.  I’m taking a life-ful of teaching skills home with me as well as great music and memories’   
Christine Morphett, Adelaide, Australia


‘What a great harp week.  Tanja got a lot from it and we’ll be back…’
 Jed & Tanja, Norway