COURSE WEEKS, WEEKENDS & SUMMER-SCHOOLS 

in Donegal, North-west IRELAND
Summer-schools 2025: 4 weeks in Dungloe, Co.Donegal - June 1- 7 and June 8 - 14.  Also July 6 - 12 and July 13 - 19  

in Warwick (British Midlands) UK
Monthly Harp Weekends for 2024: September - November, and in 2025: January to May  - BOOKING OPEN
ALSO WeeklyTrad Harp group classes on Thursdays starting from September 12th.  OPEN DAY Sept 5th 

at Marlborough College (Wiltshire) UK
Beginner's Harp Course (harps provided) presented by Janet (www.summerschool.co.uk

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Starting in September 2024 
LIVE TRADITIONAL HARP 
GROUP CLASSES 
at Janet's Harp Studio in WARWICK
Weekly and bi-weekly on Thursdays 
Focusing on all the skills for 'Trad Session Playing'

FREE OPEN NIGHT on Thursday September 5th, 2024 - ALL WELCOME!

Come at what would be your Class time...            
4.30 - 5pm    Junior Beginners (Age 9 - 10)

5.10 - 6pm    Teen Beginners (Age 11+)
6.10 - 7pm    Improvers (and Improvers-Advanced on OPEN NIGHT)
7.15 - 8.30pm    Adult Beginners Group (continuing Bi-weekly on 'A' dates)
7.15 - 8.30pm    Improvers-Advanced (continuing Bi-weekly on 'B' dates) (6.10-7pm on OPEN NIGHT)
['A' dates start on September 12th and 'B' dates start on September 19th]

Experience some training in your Introductory Class on OPEN NIGHT, and book on for a Term of 12 weekly or 6 bi-weekly classes (except Oct 31 Half Term) from September 12.

Term Fees:               
Junior Beginners £120 (12 x half hour classes)

Teen Beginners & Improvers  £120 (12 x 50 minute classes)
Adult Beginners and Improvers-Advanced Lessons £120 (6 bi-weekly classes on alternating weeks)

10 FULL SCHOLARSHIPS are available covering your class fees.  Write to Janet!

A number of HIRE HARPS are available to 'Starters' at £40 from September to Christmas (first come first served).  After this, the rate goes to the standard monthly hire charge of £40 or £50 (depending on the harp size).  Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann members have also access to a number of  LOAN HARPS.  Talk to Janet!

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2025  DONEGAL HARP SUMMER-SCHOOLS 
in the famous Donegal town of Dungloe (close to Donegal Airport: 35 min flights @ €40 from Dublin Airport)

Week 1:JUNE 1 - 7 Adults Only!

Week 2: JUNE 8 - 14 Adults, Teens & Teachers

Week 3: JULY 6 - 12 Adults Only!

 Week 2: JULY 13 - 19 Adults, Teens & Teachers

Located in the Fairgreen Holiday Cottages in the Donegal town of Dungloe, close to the sea and surrounded by the best of rugged Irish landscape (close by Mount Errigal, Donegal's highest mountain), Janet presents two weeks of Summer Schools for all levels of harp player - come for one or come for both!

 

Weeks 1 & 3 for ADULTS ONLY (All Standards). 
This first week is a regular summer-school for players over the age of 18 featuring a week of training, fun and friendship on the magnificent Donegall coast and town of Dungloe.  The focus is on 'social playing' where everybody is included without pressure or stress.  The more novice players just play less notes (!) and the detail is added as you advance your skills.  Daily tuition is given in large and small groups, workshops, lectures, concerts, sessions and local trips out - in a full programme of group oral training with exceptional interaction with music and local musicians. 

What's included with the courses:
Your summer school training, all the concerts, lectures etc. and a training book of tunes covered
Your lunches (for all foody needs - vegans and vegetarians included)
Your mid-week trip out 

What's included with your accommodation:
Your bedrooms, all en suite in a cottage with self-catering facilities, sitting room and TV
Your breakfast needs at the start of the week (There's a trip out to local supermarkets on Monday for you to shop any extra provisions).   


Weeks 2 & 4
for ADULTS, TEENS & TEACHERS

PLAYERS arrive Sunday July 13th and join us for supper at 8.30pm (or stay over from Week 1 at no extra cost for Saturday 6th accommodation).
TEACHERS arrive Saturday 12th or Sunday morning 13th for an 11am Sunday morning start for the Teacher's course.

The ADULTS & TEENS training weeks:
The course starts at 9.30am on Monday 14th with accommodation from Sunday 13th.  But for those staying over from Week 1, in-between-courses-day (Saturday 12th) accommodation is free.
This course and time-table is similar to Week 1, but open also to teenagers, and with the course for teachers running alongside the summer school, all students are guaranteed lots of teacher attention!  Teen students are also welcome on this course.  Everyone is invited to join in the evening activities - and there is something on every night...  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 forever harp-friends.  A bonus for adult students staying over from Week 1, is a free night's accommodation on the Saturday night in-between the courses (6th).

The TEACHERS' training courses...
This course starts at 11am on Sunday morning, July 13th with a day of theory and practise for present and future oral TEACHERS.  (Difference between oral and aural? Teachers deliver learning 'orally' and students learn 'aurally').   Janet has pioneered traditional learning through 5 decades of enormous social and cultural change with our new age of technology.  Teachers!  This course will empower you, hone your leadership skills, equip you with relevant repertoire, build confidence and competence in tutoring, as well as enhance your own traditional style, creative arranging, tune accompaniment, social and ensemble playing skills.   

Same inclusions as for Weeks 1 & 3

 

Our Course Venue

On the Wild Atlantic Way (coast) and just 5 minutes walk from Dungloe town centre, our summer school venue is in the Fairgreen Holiday Cottages village - close to the famous Waterfront Hotel.   All rooms are ensuite with twin or double beds (which are also booked for single occupation).  All cottages have sitting rooms and fully equipped kitchens (so people can choose how they wish to have their evening meals - cooking in or eating out!) Lunches are provided with the courses.  (Local children on weeks 2 & 4 are invited to bring packed lunches.)  

Afternoon Options

For walks, swims, exploring, shopping, relaxing, practising - Dungloe is a wonderful Donegal town with lots to offer.  Closely located to Mount Errigal and the Glenveagh National Park, Donegal's most spectacular mountain surrounded by an exceptional area of natural beauty and nature conservation, and there is a superb range of walks for everone from seasoned hikers to leisurely wanderers.  On Wednesday, we have an afternoon off to take a boat trip to the island of Arranmore with dolphin and whale spotting with seabirds and sandy beaches.  

Recommended Travel Arrangements

Fly into Dublin Airport, and take an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin Airport to Donegal Airport. This takes 35 minutes and costs €40 and there are just 2 flights every day at 11.40 and 18.50hrs. The airport is close to our Centre and we will arrange your pick up (a small charge is made).   Bus with Bus Eireann from Busarus (Dublin central) or Dublin Airport to Donegal town.  Change here to the Dungloe bus in Donegal town (5 hours journey in all) - or drive!  Your destination is the Fairgreen Holiday Cottages, Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland F94 YY51.

Booking is open NOW for Summer Schools 2025.  Email Janet for 2025 booking forms and schedules on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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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) 


From September 2024, bookings are for the full weekend only:

BOOK NOW for:
September 21-22 with Friday 20 for beginners
October 19-20 with Friday 18 for beginners
November 16-17
 with Friday 15 for beginners

2025:
January 10-12 with Friday 9 for beginners
February 8-9 with Friday 8 for beginners
March 8-9 with Friday 7 for beginners
April 5-6 with Friday 4 for beginners
May 10-11 with Friday 9 for beginners

Group Training Weekend Courses (from 10.30am Saturday to 3pm Sunday) with Friday Beginner's Workshop (10.30am to 4pm) and Friday Extra Time from 5pm (One-on-one, one-hour lessons)     

2-day courses for Adult Players (minimum 1 year experience) at the Harp Studio, St.Nicholas Park.   Each Friday preceding the course is a special Beginner's Day workshop from 10.30am to 4pm.   Also offering a 'Friday Extra Time' option for one-to-one tuition from 5pm Friday evening.  A top feature of the course is Janet's wild and wonderful 'Trad Irish Night' on the Saturday evening.  This involves dinner (may be a stew, buffet or BBQ and veggie options) with a trad Irish session featuring local Irish musicians.  

Guaranteed to give effective and motivating group training in a social and progressive atmosphere.  With a maximum of 8 players on each course, early booking is advised!

Friday Beginners workshop is tagged on to each weekend allowing participants to enjoy all the festivities of the weekend also. 

The additional feature of 'Friday Extra Time' is available to weekenders wishing some one-on-one extra time with Janet - a whole hour dedicated to whatever your programme - Book it with Janet!

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.  BOOK THIS DIRECTLY with the hotel and ask for the St Nicholas Park Harp Studio discount.  The discount is not available on the booking websites.   

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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  

 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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