Scoil na gCláirseach–Summer School of Early Irish Harp
20th-26th August 2008
We look forward to welcoming old and new friends. Come and join international participants from the USA to Europe to Japan, to immerse yourself in the Gaelic world’s ancient and exquisite historical harp with intensive tuition, lectures, informal talks, concerts and a ﬁeld trip to museums to see surviving instruments.
The Scoil extends a particularly warm welcome to absolute beginners. Harpists who don’t yet play early Irish harps but who are interested in historical playing techniques and repertoire are also very welcome to attend.
There will be a limited number of historical Irish harps available to rent on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis. Our rental instruments, made for us by master luthier, David Kortier, are accurately copied from surviving historic harps and are ﬁtted with brass and sterling silver strings. Scoil na gCláirseach caters for all levels, from raw beginners to advanced and professional players.
In accordance with our usual policy, we will have a dedicated Beginners class in addition to Post-beginner / Intermediate and Advanced levels. We will also have our usual tasty menu of lectures and talks given by staff and guest scholars (incorporating our unique two-tier lecture system, with parallel streams both for beginner to intermediate level and also for very advanced students), in-house and public concerts and a trip to see many of the surviving instruments held in Irish collections.
This years faculty includes old Scoil friends
Siobhán Armstrong (Ireland) Director,
One of Europe’s leading historical harpists
Simon Chadwick (UK) Assistant Director
Organologist and founder of earlygaelicharp.info
Ann Heymann (USA)
The world pioneer of the modern revival of early Irish harp
Seán Donnelly (Ireland)
Keith Sanger (Scotland)
The latter two scholars are the respective leaders in the field of early Gaelic harp research in Ireland and Scotland.
In addition, we are delighted to announce that
Andrew Lawrence-King (Guernsey),
the world’s foremost historical harper, will be joining the faculty for the first time as a tutor and performer.
Our other Scoil debut guest lecturers are
Mary O’Donnell (Ireland)
A University of Limerick doctoral student who is researching 19th Irish harp history
Jim Hunter (N. Ireland)
Author of several publications on Irish harpers such as O’Hampsey and O Cathain, among other musical subjects.
For more information and to download an application form, please visit http://www.irishharpschool.com We need to receive your completed application form and deposit by 20th June to confirm your place. EARLY BOOKING BONUS: Deposits paid on or before 20th April entitle the participant to a Euro 25 discount on the balance of the Scoil fees. If you would like a printed version of the Scoil brochure and application form, please let us know.
N.B. Kilkenny is a busy tourist destination in August; if you are planning to come, do get in touch as early as possible so that we can help you to find reasonably priced accommodation.