COURSE WEEKS, WEEKENDS & SUMMER-SCHOOLS 

in Donegal, North-west IRELAND
Harp Summer-school 2024 - 2 weeks from June 30th to July 6 and July 7 to 13 - 4 PLACES REMAINING ON WEEK 2

in Warwick (British Midlands) UK
2024 Monthly Harp Weekends for May, September - November, and 2025 to June  - BOOKING OPEN
ALSO WeeklyTrad Harp group classes on Wednesdays starting from September 11th.  OPEN DAY Sept 4

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

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

Come at what would be your Class time...            
4.30 - 5pm    Junior Beginners

5.10 - 6pm    Teen Beginners
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 £100 (10 x half hour classes)

Teen Beginners & Improvers  £100 (10 x 50 minute classes)
Adult Beginners and Improvers-Advanced Lessons £100 (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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2024  DONEGAL HARP SUMMER-SCHOOLS 
in the famous Donegal town of Dungloe (close to Donegal Airport - 35 min flights @ €40 from Dublin Airport)

Weekend: JUNE 22 - 23 for ALL AGES *NEW* 
Week 1: JUNE 30 - JULY 6 Adults Only!  ONE PLACE REMAINING
Week 2: JULY 6/7 - 13 Players and Teachers  4 PLACES LEF.T

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

Weekend June 22 - 23 for Anyone and Everyone (All Standards!) 
This weekend is primarily intended for local players and accommodation is not offered by the school - but, of course can be booked separately directly with the Fairgreen Holiday Cottages management.   Harps are available - first come, first served!  
Saturday and Sunday Mornings (10.30 - 1pm) are for YOUNG PEOPLE but Adult beginners are welcome to join us! 
Saturday and Sunday afternoons (2 - 5pm) are for ADULTS with fun guaranteed to stretch through Saturday evening....
Fees: For young and teens: €20 for Saturday, €30 for both days.  For adults: €40 for Saturday and €50 for both days   

Week 1: June 30 - July 6, is for ADULT PLAYERS (all standards). 
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 - in a full programme of activity focused on positive harping and confidence building.  Make significant progress in all your playing skills while making great music and social connections!   

Week 2: June 6/7 - 13 is for PLAYERS (all standards) 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 on Sunday for the Teacher's course

 For PLAYERS...
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.
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!  Young students are also welcome on this course for just the morning classes (from 10am-1pm).  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 (with a bus arranged to ferry us 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 forever harp-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 (6th).

For TEACHERS...
This course starts at 11am on Sunday morning, July 6th 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.  At first, 95% of Janet's students came from a 'traditional' background of music-making.  Nowadays, just 5% come from a 'traditional' background as the world has become more 'worldly'.  But, the tide is definately turning and there has been a tremendous upsurge and re-evaluation fo traditional music skills.  This development requires ever more skilled teachers to help shape the next generations of players.  Music has been proven to be a healthy asset in many ways - and to 'keep it creative' and social as we do with traditional music, it will help us save the world!  So, whether you already teach or not, 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 arrangement, tune accompaniment, social and ensemble playing skills.   

 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.   Alternatively, you may take the Bus Eireann bus from Busarus (Dublin central) or Dublin Airport to Donegal.  Change to the Dungloe bus (5 hours in all) or hire a car and drive!  Your destination is the Fairgreen Holiday Cottages, Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland.

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) 

May 11-12 (FULL)

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

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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