December 24th 2021

Season's Greetings

Looking forward to 2022, and back at 2021

We are so grateful for everyone who has engaged with us this year, and particularly to those of you who have supported us in some way. Buíochas libh go léir / thank you all.

Here's a quick look at 2022...

Acadamh na gCláirseach—Academy of Early Irish Harp ONLINE
NEW Zoom group-tuition classes, each Saturday for six weeks, tutored by international experts. Players of all kinds of harps welcome. Get a 15% launch discount if you enroll in an Acadamh course before 5th January (€102 instead of €120). 

Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp ON SITE & ONLINE
23 to 29 July 2022. Join us in person, or online from the comfort of your own living room! Details here in early 2022.

Discovery Days
We will announce details when we can confirm where we will be, and when, COVID willing.

‘Talk to an Expert’ gatherings ONLINE
NEW Meet your friends; make new ones. A recognised expert in the field will be a guest at each 60-min. Zoom gathering, with interaction and a Q&A. More details in the New Year.

What did we do in 2021?

Despite the challenges of you-know-what, we managed not only to hold our wonderful community together this year but to sustain our mission, and even grow it, with digital programming...

...putting on free online Discovery-Day events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and National Harp Day, also in assoc. with Galway Early Music and Achill International Harp Festival.

...increasing our YouTube channel offerings. Apparently you watched us for almost 1,000 hours this year!

...adding a new look, and new pages, to our website. Take a look!

...building a dedicated website for Scoil na gCláirseach ONLINE in July 2021. Read about the festival here.

...mentoring artists, fielding queries, and assisting musicians, academics, researchers, and others, from around the world.

...providing rental harps and library items to our members.

...helping significant individual artists with our Artist Development Programme 2021.

...supporting an Irish harp maker by commissioning a copy of the 18th-century Hollybrook harp.

Thank you!

All this is possible only because of the support of our funders, most notably An Chomhairle Ealaíon (The Arts Council). If your circumstances allow, please consider making a one-off donation – or becoming an associate member here.

Keep in touch?

We like to pull together and support each other so keep the conversation going on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. And do continue to share your harping photos and videos, if you are a player.

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and restful Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, whatever you’re having yourself these weeks, and a Happy New Year –
Siobhán, Karen and all at The HHSI