2022 & 2023 COURSE WEEKS & WEEKENDS & SUMMER-SCHOOLS 

In Donegal, North-west Ireland
Harp Summer-school & Winter / Spring Harp Weekends 

in Warwick (British Midlands) UK
Harp Summer-school & Winter / Spring Harp Weeks and Monthly Harp Weekends 


At Marlborough College (Wiltshire) UK
Harp courses with Janet at the famous Summer-school (www.summerschool.co.uk

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2023  DONEGAL HARP SUMMER-SCHOOLS 
in Dungloe on Ireland's North-west Wild Atlantic coast (Close to Donegal Airport!)

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JULY 2 - 8  Adults Only! (Sunday to Saturday)
JULY 9 - 15 All Players and Teachers (Saturday or Sunday to Saturday)

2023 Summer-schools will be in a holiday cottage village in Dungloe, very close to Bunbeg, and this year Janet presents:

Two very different weeks -

The first is a regular summer-school for adult players (all 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 - an superb week of positive harping experience, confidence building, significant progress and social connections!   

The second is a week specifically designed for TEACHERS in traditional (oral) teaching  with a wide range of volunteer harp students to practise on!!  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 delivering, and enhance your creative arrangement skills for tune accompaniment or ensemble playing.   

This is also a great week for the STUDENTS who will have morning classes (from 10am-1pm) with lots of teacher-attention - often with one-on-one training - all supervised by Janet.  This allows for exploring the local area: walking, hiking, swimming, shopping, practising - or just relaxing in the afternoons!  Students may also consider to 'observe' on the teachers' course (but there's a fee for this!).   Everyone is invited to join in the eveningtime 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).

Week 1 for ALL ADULT PLAYERS  Arrive Sunday 2nd and join us for dinner at 7pm.  The course proper starts at 9.30am on Monday 3rd.  Depart Saturday 8th after breakfast.  (Accommodation on Saturday 1st is also available on arrangement.)

Week 2 for STUDENT PLAYERS  This course starts at 10am on Monday 10th with accommodation from Sunday 9th.  But for those staying over from Week 1, in-between-courses-day (Saturday 8th) accommodation is free.

Week 2 for TEACHERS  This course starts at 3pm on Sunday 9th.  Arrive Saturday or Sunday (no extra cost for Saturday 8th accommodation)

Our Course Venue

On the Wild Atlantic Way (coast) and on the edge of the famous Donegal town, Dungloe, our summer school venue is in the Fairgreen Cottages complex of holiday homes, just a minute's walk from the coast and nearby beach, and beside the Waterfront Hotel which has a spa and health centre!   We have 2-bedroomed and 4-bedroomed cottages - all with twin or double beds (your choice!).  The 2-bedroomed cottages share a bathroom (so are not 'en-suite') but the 4-bedroomed cottages, all with twin or double rooms, are all en-suite.  All the cottages also have sitting rooms and their own fully equipped kitchens (so people can choose how they wish to have their evening meals - cooking in or out!).  The expectation is that we might have 'hosting' evenings (party nights!) in different cottages....

Afternoon options

For walks, swims, exploring, shopping, relaxing, practising!  Dungloe is a typical Donegal town with lots to inspire shoppers for every kind of Irish product - especially Donegal knits and giftware.  Also, we are closely located to Mount Errigal, Donegal's most spectacular mountain that is a favourite for climbers (mid level) in the most scenic surround of mountains.  Also, we are on the edge of the Glenveigh National Park which is the central part of Donegal county and a preserved area of natural beauty and nature conservation.  Included in our Wednesday afternoon trips-out is the highlight boat trip to Gola Island - now deserted but a very special place of Donegal natural wilderness - much celebrated in Donegal songs.  

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Booking is open from November 1st, 2022, download the booking form here - PDF format


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

Next one is March 11th - 12th, 2023

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 Out' on Saturday evening with dinner and a traditional Irish music session with lots of local Irish musicians at the New Bowling Green gastro-pub (just across the carpark from the Harp Studio).

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!

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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2023
March 11-12 - Spaces available
April 1-2 - Spaces available
May 13-14 - Spaces available  


WARWICK UK HARP WEEK warwick studio 27 sm
In Shakespeare's County, in the British Midlands
(close to Birmingham Airport)

5-day course featuring one-on-one (1 hr per day) & group (2 hrs per day) training with lectures, concerts & sessions- totally tailored to you!  (Maximum number on this course: 5)

Next available course: May 8-12, 2023 (arrive Sunday 7th, depart Saturday 13th)

For Adult Players and Teachers at all ages and levels of ability.  

Every day features 3 hours of training:
A One-on-one Individual Lesson (1 hour duration) 
"Harp-erobics" - A fun-filled Technical Training hour for everyone 
A Workshop from a choice of topics: e.g. Carolan's music, session playing, arranging, ornamentation & variation, repertoire discovery...

Evening programme features:
Monday: Lecture-Recital #1 - Introducing the harp through history to the present day
Tuesday: Session #1 - with invited colleagues Carmel and John Burke on fiddle and accordion for an evening at Janet's home: showing how a session works 
Wednesday: is a free evening to explore the locality!
Thursday: Lecture-Recital #2 - From the present day onwards - trad harping to the future!
Friday: Dinner out and Session #2 with local musicians - a 'finale night' to remember! 

Cost of the course:  £760
This includes your training, teas, coffees and light lunches with Janet, and organised evening activities including dinner on our final night.

Optional extra:  Harp in your hotel room at £50 the week.

Now booking for dates:  

May 8-12, 2023 (arrive Sunday 7th, depart Saturday 13th) - Places available

 

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WARWICK HARP SUMMER SCHOOL 2023

June 6th - 9th 2023   (close to Birmingham Airport )

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(Arrive Monday June 5th, depart Saturday June 10th) - Booking is open from December 1st, 2022

4 - day Group training Summer-school   
(Maximum number on this course: 10)

A super sociable and confidence building 4-day course (Tuesday - Friday) at Janet Harbison's Harp Studio in St Nicholas Park, Warwick.  By the foot of the spectacular Warwick Casle, and by the famous medieval town of Warwick, this course is back by popular demand and features group tuition and a host of evening activities including lecture-recitals and sessions with local Irish musicians in wonderful local venues .. 

Cost of the course:  £570
This includes your training (5 hrs per day), teas, coffees, light lunches at the studio, evening activities and dinner and session out on our final night.

Arrive in Warwick and stay at our discounted accommodation at the Castle Limes Hotel (@£70 per night.  But, this must be booked directly with the hotel saying you're 'with the harp school'.  Do not book through an on-line agency).  

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MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE SUMMERSCHOOL harpsfrontpagesm
Wiltshire, England (www.summerschool.co.uk)

July 23rd - 29th at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, UK

In this most celebrated of British summer schools in the magnificent setting of Marlborough College in  Wiltshire (not far from Stonehenge).  There are courses in everything from making stained glass windows, to choral singing, to political debating, to crafting.   Courses for all family members, young and old, and 2 harp courses for you!   Mornings: Course no.174: Harp of the British Isles (featuring music from all the regions) and Afternoons: Course no.175: Celtic Harp for Beginners.    See: www.summerschool.co.uk for the full programme.

Booking opens very soon.  Click here for the info:

Celtic Harp for Beginners  

The Harp of the British Isles - For Improvers  

 


 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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