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C00 - Outreach Concert

The EIHF junior ensemble, consisting of young players from around the country, will perform a magical suite of newly created music based upon the traditional tale of The Dream Makers. The story will be told live alongside the music by storyteller Shona Cowie. Join us for this enchanting performance in the Music School, immediately prior to the opening of the Festival. SUPPORTED BY: The Royal Celtic Society

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C01 - CHRIS STOUT & CATRIONA MCKAY / SUNITA STANESLOW

Chris and Catriona are old friends of the festival and are absolutely delighted to be able to join this year’s celebrations! Awarded Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their album Bare Knuckle in 2018, Chris and Catriona have performed, explored and sculpted their musical identities together for almost thirty years. They’ve brought the traditional and contemporary into fruitful dialogue with folk, jazz and classical idioms,charting a rhythmic and harmonic terrain that is all their own. The result is a dynamic and intrepidly adventurous sound that transcends genre yet remains immovably tethered to place. SUNITA STANESLOW Overseas and Beyond Borders Travel with Sunita as she shares her personal harp journey and favourite tunes showing how the harp has always helped her cross religious and ethnic divides. She fell in love with the passion of traditional Jewish and Arabic music in Jerusalem and felt compelled to create music inspired by the beauty of the night sky in her new home in Shetland. Her harp goes with her almost everywhere, even spending six months with her and her husband, cycling across Europe towing the harp! She will share stories and music from travelling and living far from her roots in the American Midwest. SPONSORED BY: Camac Harps And The Edinburgh Branch of The Clarsach Society

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C02 - SUE ROTHSTEIN/ALICE GUSE

SUE ROTHSTEIN Inspired by her love of birds, Sue will perform several of her own bird-themed compositions accessible to students of varying experience as well as arrangements of some well-known favourite pieces and at least one harp classic. Sue is best known for her Animals on the Harp series of books for beginners and The Dream Studies for advanced concert harp. She is the harp teacher for London’s Junior Trinity and in 2018 was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Music. ALICE GUSE Alice will share a taste of her love for traditional and contemporary music with us as she performs contrasting pieces on both the clarsach and the pedal harp. Alice studied both pedal harp and clarsach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated BMus with honours. Since then she has been successfully developing her career as a harpist, including being awarded the Patrick McDonaldMemorial Award for Best Adaptation as part the Princess Margaret of the Isles Senior Clarsach competition. SPONSORED BY: The London & South East Branch of The Clarsach Society SUPPORTED BY: The Glasgow Branch of The Clarsach Society

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C03 - DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS & FRIENDS SIXTO CORBALÁN & PEDRO MARTÍNEZ

DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS & FRIENDS Voices from the Savannah, Joropo and Harp A captivating musical journey through the Colombian and Venezuelan plains with four musicians from Colombia. Diego will showcase the enchanting arpa llanera (a harp from the plains) and Camilo Menjura the cuatro/guitar. Along with them, Hector de Jesús Martínez, “Pajarito” and Isabel Zentner, who is from London of Colombian heritage, will present traditional song. The singing will be in Spanish and English and Isabel will be delighted to explain the words and meaning of the songs. Both singers will also perform the energetic, rhythmic and visually captivating Joropo dance. A celebration of cultural richness and musical prowess. SIXTO CORBALÁN & PEDRO MARTÍNEZ Contemporary Paraguay Sixto Corbalán on Paraguayan harp and Pedro Martínez on guitar, two of the most innovative performers of contemporary Paraguayan music, share their incomparable expertise and depth of knowledge with us in this evening of music from the South American continent. Together they create fresh and dynamic arrangements of traditional music starting with Polcas and Guaranias, and bring a new contemporary sound to their own compositions. SUPPORTED BY: Jack Hayward Insurance and IberMusicas and Paraguayan Ministry of Culture

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C04 - JAMES RUFF / MARIA MONK

James Ruff explores the rich Highland repertoire for voice and harp from the 16th to 18th centuries, composed or collected by women, who, though excluded from official positions, proved important bearers of tradition in Scotland as musicians, singers, song collectors and poets. Come and experience their songs in Gaelic and Scots – laments for husbands, brothers and kinsmen, noble celebrations of clan chiefs and beautiful farewells to home and to the music of the clarsach. All these are woven together with haunting examples of the enigmatic Port – said to be old harp music preserved in early Scottish lute manuscripts – rarely heard repertoire that is sure to enchant you. MARIA MONK For Royal National Mòd Prizewinner Maria Monk, currently a student at Glasgow Gaelic School, Gaelic culture has always been a part of her life. A fluent Gaelic speaker with roots in the Western Isles, she loves singing, dancing and music and will share some of her favourite pieces with us today. SUPPORTED BY: The Wire Branch of The Clarsach Society and An Comunn Gàidhealach / The Royal National Mòd

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C05 - ADRIANO SANGINETO/TARRAN

ADRIANO SANGINETO Arpa Creativa A welcome return for Adriano, the popular Italian clarsach player. He will perform his Arpa Creativa show with the clarsach becoming an extension of his exuberant personality. His own lively compositions set hands and feet irresistibly moving demonstrating the percussive nature of the instrument and expanding its rhythmic and harmonic capabilities. TARRAN Tarran are an exhilarating contemporary folk group from Glasgow with roots in both Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland. The strong, melodic frontline of Malachy Arnold on harp and Breanna Wilson on fiddle, combined with the funk, blues and upbeat rhythms from Sophie Joint on keys and Rory Stark on bodhran creates a lively and innovative twist on traditional music. Tarran have been captivating audiences across Europe since 2019, recently playing at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow where they claimed the “Battle of the Folk Bands award. Currently working on their new EP, the band have a great number of thrilling sets that they are hungry to share with EIHF! SPONSORED BY: David and Brenda Lamb SUPPORTED BY: The United Kingdom Harp Association and Italian Cultural Institute of Edinburgh

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C06 - ELEANOR DUNSDON & GREGOR BLACK RNCM HARP ENSEMBLE PLUS THE WINNER OF THE IAIN MACLEÒID YOUNG COMPOSER AWARD 2023

ELEANOR DUNSDON & GREGOR BLACK Eleanor and Gregor are a Glasgow-based harp and percussion duo, who met during their postgraduate studies in Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2022. Blending their respective sounds of Scottish clarsach and Irish bodhrán, along with contemporary percussion and vocals, they form a creative new duo. ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC HARP ENSEMBLE The RNCM Harp Ensemble is a highly experienced and versatile group of international students who draw on their wide repertoire of music built up from their many lunchtime recitals, appearances at Folk Festivals and working with various orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic. Their programme will include chamber music and music by contemporary composers including their director, Anne-Marie O’Farrell. THE IAIN MACLEÒID YOUNG COMPOSER 2023 The winner of the Clarsach Society’s Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award will perform their winning piece of music and receive the award.

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C07 - THE CLARSACH THROUGH THE AGES ELINOR EVANS RHONA SMITH & STEPHANIE HUMPHREYS WITH THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

ELINOR EVANS Ellie will trace how the clarsach has developed over the years, playing pieces dating back to the early days of the instrument, through its resurgence in the twentieth century and on to the present day. Performing her own arrangements of traditional material and compositions, she will weave varying styles of music from different eras into a beautiful and entertaining tapestry of music. RHONA SMITH & STEPHANIE HUMPHREYS WITH THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Festival students join with Edinburgh based ensemble Na Clàrsairean to form our Festival Orchestra. Along with Drake musician Rhona Smith and harpist Stephanie Humphreys they will perform a specially composed and arranged suite. The Suite, inspired by the beautiful City of Edinburgh and its history, has been created by Rhona and Stephanie in collaboration with Isobel Mieras and Rosemary McKerchar. SUPPORTED BY: Drake Music Scotland

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C08 - INGRID HENDERSON & IAIN MACFARLANE WITH MARGARET STEWART ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL

INGRID HENDERSON & IAIN MACFARLANE WITH MARGARET STEWART With Ingrid on clarsach, Iain on fiddle and Margaret singing Gaelic song, these musical stalwarts create a stunning sound infused with love and understanding of the culture-rich West Highlands. In tonight's joyful performance, duo Ingrid and Iain are joined by one of Gaeldom’s finest singers, in an enriching, enlightening combination of experience and intuitive musicality. ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL Hailing from Dublin, Anne-Marie is renowned for her innovations on lever harp. She takes us on a fascinating journey in which the harp imitates the sounds of lute, guitar, early keyboard and mandolin. She has composed several large-scale works, including a lever harp concerto, In Light Anew, a Civil War Cantata and a five-movement ensemble work commissioned by Harp Ireland. Her works have been performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic and she is Head of Harp at the Royal Northern College of Music. SUPPORTED BY: The Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh and Isle of Lewis Branch of The Clarsach Society and Salvi Music London

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Concert Pass

Access to all concerts* at EIHF 2024 Experience an ear-tingling array of top-class harp music for one, simple price. Full price - £115Concession - £100Under 18s - £60 Line-up to include: Sixto Corbalán & Pedro Martínez / Eleanor Dunsdon & Gregor Black / Elinor Evans / Rhona Smith & Stephanie Humphreys with The Festival Orchestra / Alice Guse / Ingrid Henderson & Iain MacFarlane with Margaret Stewart / Diego Laverde Rojas & Friends / Catriona McKay & Chris Stout / Maria Monk / Anne-Marie O'Farrell / Sue Rothstein / RNCM Harp Ensemble / James Ruff / Adriano Sangineto / Sunita Staneslow / Tarran *Does not include the Ceilidh [D01] or Outreach Concert [C00]

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D01 - FAMILY CEILIDH WITH BELLA MCNAB’S DANCE BAND

BELLA MCNAB'S A long established EIHF favourite, string-driven dance band Bella McNab’s features a front-line of three of Scotland’s top fiddlers – Sarah Hoy, Jenny Gardner and Sarah McFadyen. They keep the tunes coming, underpinned by the guitar of David Francis and the bass of John Young, making a swingy, highly danceable sound. Caller David Francis reminds you of the dances you know and keeps you right in the ones you don’t.

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Child Beginners, 4-Day Course, Harps Provided

T01 - Toni Russell

Child Beginners 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10amTUTOR: Toni RussellLEVEL: Beginner (see brochure p23 for explanation) Learn to play the Clarsach in a fun and relaxed way. The course will teach basic technique at the same time as learning tunes you will recognise, working around the coloured strings. You will also learn patterns that your muscle memory will help you to remember through different musical games. No musical knowledge is required for this course. Harps provided. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Harps Provided, No Experience Necessary, Adult Beginner, 4-Day Course

T02 - Fiona Rutherford

ADULT BEGINNERS 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Fiona RutherfordLEVEL: Beginner (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music A chance to try this beautiful and versatile instrument for yourself. We will explore good technique habits through simple exercises and melodies. Enjoy this relaxed and encouraging introduction to harp playing. Harps provided. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access.    Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Post Beginner

T03 - Eleanor Hetherington

POST BEGINNERS 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Eleanor HetheringtonLEVEL: Post beginners (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written musi For those who have taken a beginners harp course in the past or who have no teacher and now wish to take the next important steps. The class will focus on developing new technical aspects as well as refreshing those important first steps. You will continue to expand your repertoire through familiar and new tunes whilst improving sound quality, increasing musical awareness and confidence at the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access.    Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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4-Day Course, Elementary, M (written music), Post Beginner

T04 - Bill Taylor

WIRE STRUNG CLARSACH 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Bill TaylorLEVEL: Post-beginner /Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD - M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music New players of the wire-strung Highland clarsach are very welcome to join this course. Using both historical and traditional pieces, we will reinforce basics and explore damping techniques that allow the music to shine, without the clutter of excessive ringing. All sizes of harps can be used, and it’s helpful to have fingernails at least 2 mm long. As we interpret the pieces we will focus on cleanly playing melodies and will see how to release harmony from melody. Additionally, we will learn how to play crisp decorative figures found in historical sources and how to apply interesting accompaniments. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access.    Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Elementary, Childrens' Event, Primary Children, 4-Day Course

T05 - Heather Yule

FUN FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Heather YuleLEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Heather will choose some lovely tunes, mostly from Scotland, and help you get them under your fingers and draw out their magic sound. This course is for children of primary school age who enjoy playing the harp and want to develop their skills further and maybe even hear some stories along the way. Please notify the office if you require assitance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T06 - Elinor Evans (online course)

SCOTTISH AIRS FOR THE CLARSACH - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4:30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Elinor EvansLEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Who doesn’t love a slow air? Whatever your ability, making the harp sing while playing gentle contemplative music is a real pleasure. During this course, Ellie will teach her own accessible arrangements of airs from around Scotland. The clarsach has always borrowed from other instruments so song tunes and music originally written for fiddle will be included to show how they can work on the clarsach. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary

T07 - Charlotte Peterson

SCOTTISH TUNES 4 DAT COURSEL SAT / SUN / MON /TUE 4.30PM-6.00PM TUTOR: Charlotte Petersen LEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation) TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music given out during or at the end of each session Charlotte will share some of her beautiful, accessible and effective arrangements of Scottish and Gaelic tunes. She will show how to use different left hand patterns to support and complement varying styles of melody. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary

T08 - Sixto Corbalán

BASIC TECHNIQUES OF THE PARAGUAYAN HARP 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Sixto CorbalanLEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music This course is for players of all types of harps and will focus on the traditional techniques for approaching the music of Paraguay. Join us to learn some wonderful tunes and be transported to Sixto’s native land by the power of music. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E (by ear), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T09 - Sunita Staneslow

CREATING A SOUNDSCAPE OF THERAPEUTIC MUSIC4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Sunita StaneslowLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD: E Teaching will be by ear The skills used to create therapeutic music also help us create beautiful phrases. Learn to play simple patterns and melodies that fit comfortably in your hands. Gorgeous tone is essential. Together we will explore ways to create a sumptuous sound on all fingers as we squeeze the strings and release with buoyancy. We all can benefit from the healing vibrations and tones of the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E (by ear), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T10 - Catriona McKay

CATRIONA'S TOP TUNES for ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: Catriona McKayLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E: Teaching will be mainly by ear with written music given out at the end Join Catriona for a few days of exploring some music she finds endlessly fascinating! She will take you on a journey of how she unearths the layers within the music. A fun time, sharing music that she loves, and that she hopes you will enjoy and want to play forever! Bring enthusiasm and open hearts to making music together! Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Online Content, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T11 - Wendy Stewart (online course)

SCOTTISH TUNES - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Wendy StewartLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Simple but effective arrangements of beautiful yet easy Scottish tunes. Wendy will build up the musical elements and layers so everyone can find their own comfort level but understand ways to stretch further. With background information and time for discussion around Scottish music and culture. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T12 - Ingrid Henderson

HIGHLAND SONG AND DANCE MELODIES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Ingrid HendersonLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Learn a variety of arrangements of Highland melodies from haunting Gaelic airs to waltzes and pipe marches. Figure out some tricks of how to make them suit your level of playing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Feel free to bring a recording device. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T13 - Ailie Robertson

TAME YOUR TECHNIQUE 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Ailie RobertsonLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music will be provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of reading/assimilating music. Have you been playing for a little while now but know your technique needs some tightening up? Join Ailie for this course focussing on harp technique in a supportive and friendly environment. We’ll be looking at a range of exercises and tips and tricks to help take your playing to the next level! Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T14 - Fiona Rutherford

CREATIVE PATTERNING 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Fiona RutherfordLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music In this fun and exploratory course we will look at various melodic and rhythmic patterns that flow well on the harp with a view to beginning to create your own. We will learn some tricks of the trade of composing and develop ideas for both individual and group music making. A relaxed class for those with creative curiosity. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T15 - Adriano Sangineto

GETTING IN THE GROOVE for ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.3amTUTOR: Adriano SanginetoLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Do you yearn to play Dance Music on the harp? In this course, Adriano explores the rhythmic possibilities of the harp, developing that rhythmic and harmonic awareness that is essential for playing dance music. We will learn the basic steps of the dances and study the necessary techniques to successfully play them on the harp. The course will deal with both Italian folk dances and original compositions by Adriano. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T16 - Anne-Marie O'Farrell

MUSIC OF THE IRISH HARPING TRADITION 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Anne-Marie O'FarrellLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Come and explore music from the Irish harping tradition, featuring music by O’Carolan and from the Bunting Collection. We’ll learn tunes written for all kinds of reasons and occasions, showing the wonderful range in this rich tradition. Some tunes will be in different modes typical of Irish folk music, and the arrangements given will help you get to know more about harmony and left-hand skills. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T17 - Eleanor Hetherington

CLASSICAL FOR CLARSACH 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Eleanor HetheringtonLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Become an even more versatile harp player. Explore some new and some, perhaps familiar, much loved classical tunes to add to your repertoire. At the same time, attention will be given to developing technical proficiency, sound production and confidence at the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T18 - Toni Russell (online course)

SCOTTISH DANCE TUNES - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Toni RussellLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Learn to play Scottish traditional tunes to which you and your friends can actually dance! Using different chordal accompaniments and bass lines in the arrangements, Toni will give you the opportunity to learn some new music in your own comfort zone. This will help make learning some old and new Scottish dance tunes a fun and enjoyable experience. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T19 - Rachel Hair (online course)

OUR CELTIC COUSINS - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Rachel HairLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Come and join us for a musical journey as we celebrate the vibrant music from our lesser-known Celtic cousins and discover new tunes from regions of the World that you may not know have a Celtic connection. We’ll learn about the culture surrounding each tune we tackle, helping to awaken the senses whilst widening your Celtic music repertoire on the harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T20 - James Ruff

EXPLORING HISTORICAL SOURCES: EARLY GAELIC HARP REPERTOIRE FOR ALL HARPS 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: James RuffLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music To play the Early Gaelic Harp means to become a sleuth in search of early repertoire – a challenge in a culture of oral tradition! Come discover where to find early Scottish and Irish harp repertoire and learn representative pieces from each source along the way. We will focus on Edward Bunting’s field manuscripts, 17th/18th century Scottish lute manuscripts, 18th/19th century publications, and later traditional archive recordings. These treasures all yield important clues on arranging for the early Gaelic harp – and all harps – along historical lines,where specific fingering, damping and use of the bass hand greatly enhance both expression and style. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T21 - Malachy Arnold

HARMONISING TRADITIONS: REGIONAL IRISH TUNES FOR HARP - in person course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am-10.30amTUTOR: Malachy ArnoldLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Immerse yourself in the art of adapting regional Irish tunes not typically associated with the harp. This course invites you to look at harp arrangements for these often overlooked melodies. Together, we'll embrace the subtleties and nuances of diverse Irish regions, weaving their musical tales into the harp's strings. Join us for a harmonious exploration, where the harp becomes a front storyteller, bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T22 - Malachy Arnold (online course)

HARMONISING TRADITIONS: REGIONAL IRISH TUNES FOR HARP - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pmTUTOR: Malachy ArnoldLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Immerse yourself in the art of adapting regional Irish tunes not typically associated with the harp. This course invites you to look at harp arrangements for these often overlooked melodies. Together, we'll embrace the subtleties and nuances of diverse Irish regions, weaving their musical tales into the harp's strings. Join us for a harmonious exploration, where the harp becomes a front storyteller, bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T23 - Sunita Staneslow

THE PASSSION OF JEWISH & ARABIC MUSIC 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Sunita StaneslowLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Discover the passion and power of both Jewish and Arabic music. We will learn several Jewish melodies based on verses from the Psalms, secular Jewish Sephardic melodies, Yiddish songs and explore the rhythm and modes of traditional Arabic music. Sunita will discuss ways of performing and arranging them that bring out their Jewish soul and exotic Arabic character. We will work from full arrangements, lead sheets and improvise around a Middle Eastern mode. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T24 - Diego Laverde Rojas

CUMBIA JOROPO GROOVES4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Diego Laverde RojasLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music In this course, we embark on a rhythmic adventure through the Colombian-Venezuelan plains with Joropo, featuring one of the most crucial rhythms, “Seis por Derecho.” Infused with a hint of Caribbean flair, we showcase Cumbia, complemented by the rhythmic appeal of syncopation. Exploring the nuances of 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures, we unravel the rich musical tapestry that defines these diverse landscapes. This course is intended for players of Latin American harps and players of other harps with a familiarity of the genre can also join. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Sorry, Sold Out!, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T25 - Catriona McKay

CATRIONA'S TOP TUNES for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Catriona McKayLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Join Catriona for a few days of exploring some music she finds endlessly fascinating! She will take you on a journey of how she unearths the layers within the music. A fun time sharing music that she loves and that hopes you will enjoy and want to play forever! Bring enthusiasm and open hearts to make music together! Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T26 - Elinor Evans

SCOTTISH AIRS FOR CLARSACH (in-person course) 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: Elinor EvansLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Do you love a slow air? During this course, Elinor will be teaching her arrangements of beautiful airs from Scotland. However long you have been playing making the harp sing while playing contemplative music can be challenging especially as the clarsach has always borrowed from other instruments. We will explore songs and fiddle music and examine how we can make them work on the clarsach whilemaintaining the feel of the original. Click H ERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T27 - Ingrid Henderson

HOW TO ACCOMPANY OTHER I 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Ingrid HendersonLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music NSTRUMENTS AND THE VOICE Develop skills in creating beautiful and fitting arrangements to accompany a range of traditional Scottish music. We will discover how to bring out the rhythmic feel of the tunes, how to complement a song giving good support to the singer and how to make harmonic choices for both tunes and songs. Feel free to bring a recording device. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T28 - Adriano Sanginetto

GETTING IN THE GROOVE for ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Adriano SanginetoLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Do you want to further develop your skills in playing dance music? In this course, Adriano explores the rhythmic possibilities of the harp, developing that rhythmic and harmonic awareness that is essential for playing dance music. We will learn the basic steps of the dances and study the necessary techniques to successfully play them on the harp. The course will deal with both Italian folk dances and original compositions by Adriano. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T29 - Anne-Marie O'Farrell

BOUNDARIES, WHAT BOUNDARIES? 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: Anne-Marie O'FarrellLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music An exciting journey of music through the ages from early baroque to recently written music, visiting lots of places in between. We’ll explore a range of pieces from the classical tradition, which will include colourful key changes, interesting harmonies, and we’ll look at aspects of lever changing and transcription to help make it all possible! Lever harp and pedal harpists welcome. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T30 - Sixto Corbalán

THE LATIN AMERICAN HARP RHYTHMIC AND MELODIC POSSIBILITIES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Sixto CorbalanLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music This course is suitable both for players of Latin American harps and lever harp players who already have some experience of the music. Sixto will discuss and teach the different rhythmic and melodic possibilities of musical genres from Paraguay and neighbouring regions with emphasis on 6/8 rhythms. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T31 - Rachel Hair

YES! HARPS CAN SESSION! 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Rachel HairLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all level of reading/assimilating music. The session can be a scary prospect at times for harp players, so come along to this four part session course where we will both learn and build on the skills needed to session with confidence. We’ll work on chord patterns and riffs for accompanying other instruments, how to identify keys for tunes, how to change keys fast and effectively, learn some of the famous die-hard session tunes, and discuss what good session etiquette is. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course

T32 - Isobel Mieras

THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1PM - 2.30PM TUTOR: Isobel MierasLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music will be provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of reading/assimilating music. Your chance to practise, rehearse and perform in the Festival’s Tuesday afternoon concert. We will join Edinburgh Harp Orchestra, Na Clàrsairean, in a new suite devised by Rhona Smith of Drake Music, Scotland and harpist Stephanie Humphreys in collaboration with Isobel Mieras and Rosemary Mckerchar, inspired by our beautiful capital city, Edinburgh, and its history. Music with parts for all abilities will be sent out in advance. Join us to discover and experience the joy and satisfaction of rehearsing, sharing and refining music to performance level. Through expertise in technology, Drake Music, Scotland enables disabled musicians to independently compose and perform music. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course

T33 - Sue Rothstein

PEDAL HARP COURSE 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: Sue RothsteinLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music will be provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of reading/assimilating music. Four solo pieces and one duet covering different genres will be offered on this course, with tips on technique and general tuition and how to get to know them well. We will learn a duet and a solo piece, written by Sue, as well as some arrangements and one little classic gem. Participants are also welcome to bring along a piece of their choice to play, where they can receive helpful suggestions if they wish, or just perform to the rest of the class if they prefer. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T34 - James Ruff

SINGING HISTORIC SONGS AT THE HARP - FIRST STEPS IN SELF-ACCOMPANYING ALONG HISTORICAL LINES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: James RuffLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will initially be by ear with written music given out  during the session. The harp has long been tied to poetry and singing, though learning the song and then performing it with the harp can be a daunting task! In this course open to all, we will analyse and break down the process of singing to our own harp accompaniment into practical steps. We will look at representative historic songs in English (John Dowland), Latin (from Dublin Troper), Scots (King Orfeo) and Gaelic (Òran Chlann ‘ic Neacail), incorporating effective tools to match poetry to tune, learn and pronounce expressively in each language, and finally explore historic techniques and style further heightening each song’s expression at the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T35 - Diego Laverde Rojas

JOROPO GROOVES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30am TUTOR: Diego Laverde RojasLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music. In this course, we will learn rhythmic structures and harmonic progressions of rhythms from the Colombian-Venezuelan plains, like: “Chipola, Seis Numerao, and Guacharaca”.The goal is to grasp them at a basic level and, throughout the course, build a database to provide additional tools for improving improvisation. The course is aimed at players of all types of harps. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T36 - Heather Yule (online course)

MORE TRADITIONAL TUNES & THERE STORIES - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue  4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Heather YuleLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Discover the stories behind some new tunes after last year’s successful course. No need to have attended that course to enjoy this one. Often the composers of traditional melodies are forgotten in the ‘mist of time’ but the stories and legends behind their tunes can still be uncovered. In this class we will learn some great tunes that also have great stories attached to them. You might just want to know the background of a melody to give more colour to your introductions, or add depth to your performance, or you might be interested in weaving the tunes and stories together. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T37 - Charlotte Petersen

DUETS – TWO'S COMPANY 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pmTUTOR: Charlotte PetersenLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Famed for her beautiful, effective arrangements and sympathetic teaching, Charlotte will lead you through duet arrangements of varying styles of tunes, some to move you and others to make you smile. The music, from around the world, will be accessible to all levels. Bring a duet partner or come on your own to enjoy the “Two’s Company” experience. You are welcome to bring a recording device. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T38 - Pedro Martinez

MIXED ABILITIES BRAZILIAN MUSIC LAB FOR GUITAR 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am-10.30amTUTOR: Pedro MartinezLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music For less experienced guitar players. This musical laboratory aims to explore the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic language of three Brazilian genres: bossa nova, samba and baião. Through the study of wellknown compositions of each genre, we will see the structure of each piece and how best we may interpret it. All types of guitar are welcome including classical nylon strung, metal strung, electric and others. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T39 - Pedro Martinez

SOUTH AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pmTUTOR: Pedro MartinezLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music For guitar players of all levels except beginners. Latin America has a vast culture of traditional music, and South America is part of this broad musical spectrum. Often the South American music we hear is a bland, banal stereotype produced by the music industry. Pedro’s course offers an authentic approach to some South American rhythms from a historical and a practical point of view. All types of guitar are welcome including classical nylon strung, metal strung, electric and others. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Weekend Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T40 - Wendy Stewart

SCOTTISH TUNES This course is delivered over four sessions 2 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun   1pm-2.30pm & 4.30pm -6pm, each dayTUTOR: Wendy StewartLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Simple but effective arrangements of beautiful yet easy Scottish tunes. Wendy will build up the musical elements and layers so everyone can find their own comfort level but understand ways to stretch further. With background information and time for discussion around Scottish music and culture. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Intermediate / Advanced, Weekend Course

T41 - Heather Downie

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED HARMONY IN THE HIGHLANDS: EXPLORING THE RICH TRADITIONS OF SCOTTISH MUSIC This course is delivered over four sessions, over two dates 2 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun /  1pm-2.30pm & 4.30pm-6pm, each dayTUTOR: Heather DownieLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Explore the depths of Scotland's musical heritage by delving into its intricate melodies, ancient tales, and rhythmic dances. Heather will guide you through technical exercises designed to hone your Scottish musical skills, followed by an exploration of some of her favourite Scottish pieces, delving into their history and context to deepen your understanding of the music. We will also explore and discuss arrangement choices, encouraging you to consider your own personal approach to arranging and your musical identity. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Come & Try

T42 - Bill Taylor

COME & TRY WIRE STRUNG CLARSACH Sunday 4.30pm -6pmTUTOR: Bill Taylor Max 8 participants An opportunity to try out the beautifully resonant wirestrung Highland clarsach. While these were properly played with fingernails at least 2 mm long, that’s not necessary for this taster class. The technique we use is often called playing “in the stopped style”, where the finger pads damp certain strings to stop excessive ringing and allow us to hear a clear line for the melody, the decoration, or both. Play a few simple tunes, touch on its history and feel free to ask questions. A limited number of wire-strung clarsachs are available. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T43 - Bill Taylor

COME & TRY WIRE STRUNG CLARSACH Monday 1pm-2.30pm TUTOR: Bill Taylor Max 8 participants An opportunity to try out the beautifully resonant wirestrung Highland clarsach. While these were properly played with fingernails at least 2 mm long, that’s not necessary for this taster class. The technique we use is often called playing “in the stopped style”, where the finger pads damp certain strings to stop excessive ringing and allow us to hear a clear line for the melody, the decoration, or both. Play a few simple tunes, touch on its history and feel free to ask questions. A limited number of wire-strung clarsachs are available. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T44 - Gregor Black

COME & TRY BODHRÁN Monday 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: Gregor Black A brilliant opportunity to learn the basics of bodhrán playing for anyone enthusiastic about rhythm and groove. A limited number of bodhrans may be available by contacting the office or bring your own. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T45 - Màiri Macleod

COME & TRY SCOTTISH GAELIC Saturday 4.30pm-5.30pm TUTOR Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T46 - Màiri Macleod

COME & TRY SCOTTISH GAELIC Monday  1pm-2pm TUTOR: Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T47 - Màiri Macleod

COME & TRY SCOTTISH GAELIC Tuesday  9am -10am TUTOR: Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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60-min Workshop, Bring your harp!

W01 - Sessions for Starters Rachel Hair and Neil Wood

Ever fancied joining in a traditional music session with your harp? Don’t know where to begin? Join Rachel and Neil for this relaxed, hands-on group workshop exploring session repertoire, accompaniment ideas and what to do when you don’t know the tune! No previous session experience is required to take part in this workshop and participants are welcome to then pursue their newfound session skills during the sessions held in The Gathering Space. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Highland Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W02 - Exploring Digital Harp Rhona Smith

Rhona is a skilled and innovative musician working with Drake Music Scotland. Inspired by performers such as Catriona McKay, she found her particular love was the sound of the harp. With Ali Gillies, her musical support, she will tell us about her journey as a musician with a disability and will include examples of a couple of pieces she has composed for her digital harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: Drake Music Scotland

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W03 - JoyUs Harmony Singing Kathy Stewart Kennedy

Come and experience the joy of singing and harmonising together in a safe and relaxed setting. No experience necessary, just bring your natural voice and an open heart. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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W04 - Harp and Fiddle Catriona McKay and Chris Stout

Here is an opportunity for harp and fiddle players to join Catriona & Chris to learn a tune, explore it a little, have a chat, ask a question or two and have a great time playing together! You are welcome to bring your harp. **NOTE: The date of this event has changed from the printed brochure to Sat 6th April at 11:00 Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Argyll Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W05 - Limitless Creativity: Unleashing the Power of Creative Constraints Heather Downie

We are told to think outside the box. What is this box? And what’s inside? In this creativity workshop we redefine it as inspirational space. Explore the power of thinking inside the box, discover its cosy structure that can nurture creativity. Constraints become catalysts, inspiring innovation. Delve into the psychology of creative limits. Strike the balance between restriction and freedom using interactive exercises and discussions. Whether you are a seasoned musician or a curious novice, this workshop unlocks new creative dimensions. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Dumfries and Galloway Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W06 - To Teach Online or Not to Teach online? That is the Question! Shelley Fairplay and Isobel Mieras

Shelley will open the session by sharing the good, the bad, the ugly, and amazing opportunities online learning can create for harp students and teachers. We explore how it differs from working face to face, including technical, physical and emotional considerations and look at some tried and tested strategies for successful online lessons both from the perspective of students and teachers. Isobel will then chair an open discussion. Join us to share your personal experience of online and live teaching as we learn together how to develop best practices for the benefit of the harping community. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Bristol and West Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W07 - Masterclass Sue Rothstein

With three or four selected students, Sue will offer her thoughts on how they might improve certain aspects of performing a particular piece. She will gently guide each individual player to feel freer to communicate what they are trying to say as a musician by considering various techniques and with particular emphasis on dynamics and timing. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The London and East Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W08 - Wisdom from the Early Gaelic Harp Tradition: Practical Arranging along Historical Lines for all Harps James Ruff

Following the latest research into historic evidence of harp bass and historic fingering for the early Gaelic Harp, we will explore arranging early Gaelic pieces for wire-strung harp and all kinds of harps. We will look at evidence of harp bass in the Bunting field notebooks and various early Scottish Lute Manuscripts, comparing and contrasting what we find with the arrangements we see in early publications, such as The Ancient Music of Scotland by Daniel Dow (1776). We can try out the different possibilities ourselves and discuss our own perceptions and impressions as we go. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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W09 - Colombia and Paraguay: Musical Brotherhood through the Harp Sixto Corbalán and Diego Laverde Rojas

This workshop highlights the similarities and rhythmic variations of the Llanera and Paraguayan harps, each representing its country. We'll discuss key differences in harp building and playing techniques, exploring rhythms with maestros Sixto Corbalán from Paraguay and Diego Laverde Rojas from Colombia. Join the dialogue shedding light on the craftsmanship and playing techniques defining each harp Tradition. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Transpennine Branch of The Clarsach Society and IberMusicas and Paraguayan Ministry of Culture

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W10 - The “King of Harmony” The Continuo and its Modern Evolution Adriano Sangineto

This workshop deals with the role of harp as a leading instrument of harmony in early music, the so-called “continuo.” A bass line can change the mood, lead the rhythm and give different nuances to a tune. In other words, it is one of the main factors responsible for the aesthetics of music. During the evolution of music its role has never changed. Adriano will show some examples taken from his own repertoire. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies SUPPORTED BY: The Wales Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W11 - Delicious Little Fragments Margaret Stewart

Margaret will offer insights into her own repertoire and teach a few Gaelic songs and/or choruses which can easily be picked up in a limited time. Where available, the historical or social context of the songs will also be imparted and discussed. Important aspects of Gaelic song performance such as attention to correct pronunciation, assonance, phrasing and vowel lengths may also be included in the workshop. No previous knowledge of the Gaelic language or Gaelic song is required and students will be given a copy of the song words to take away. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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W12 - Creating Beauty Sunita Staneslow

Learn to create instant beauty with shimmering glissandi and improvisation over a simple descending bass line. Sunita worked for over a dozen years as a therapeutic harpist, and these are patterns she found to be essential and readily accessible to players at all levels. She believes that it is empowering to share beauty anytime, anywhere. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Northumbrian Branch of The Clarsach Society

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C00 - Outreach Concert

The EIHF junior ensemble, consisting of young players from around the country, will perform a magical suite of newly created music based upon the traditional tale of The Dream Makers. The story will be told live alongside the music by storyteller Shona Cowie. Join us for this enchanting performance in the Music School, immediately prior to the opening of the Festival. SUPPORTED BY: The Royal Celtic Society

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C01 - CHRIS STOUT & CATRIONA MCKAY / SUNITA STANESLOW

Chris and Catriona are old friends of the festival and are absolutely delighted to be able to join this year’s celebrations! Awarded Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their album Bare Knuckle in 2018, Chris and Catriona have performed, explored and sculpted their musical identities together for almost thirty years. They’ve brought the traditional and contemporary into fruitful dialogue with folk, jazz and classical idioms,charting a rhythmic and harmonic terrain that is all their own. The result is a dynamic and intrepidly adventurous sound that transcends genre yet remains immovably tethered to place. SUNITA STANESLOW Overseas and Beyond Borders Travel with Sunita as she shares her personal harp journey and favourite tunes showing how the harp has always helped her cross religious and ethnic divides. She fell in love with the passion of traditional Jewish and Arabic music in Jerusalem and felt compelled to create music inspired by the beauty of the night sky in her new home in Shetland. Her harp goes with her almost everywhere, even spending six months with her and her husband, cycling across Europe towing the harp! She will share stories and music from travelling and living far from her roots in the American Midwest. SPONSORED BY: Camac Harps And The Edinburgh Branch of The Clarsach Society

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C02 - SUE ROTHSTEIN/ALICE GUSE

SUE ROTHSTEIN Inspired by her love of birds, Sue will perform several of her own bird-themed compositions accessible to students of varying experience as well as arrangements of some well-known favourite pieces and at least one harp classic. Sue is best known for her Animals on the Harp series of books for beginners and The Dream Studies for advanced concert harp. She is the harp teacher for London’s Junior Trinity and in 2018 was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Music. ALICE GUSE Alice will share a taste of her love for traditional and contemporary music with us as she performs contrasting pieces on both the clarsach and the pedal harp. Alice studied both pedal harp and clarsach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated BMus with honours. Since then she has been successfully developing her career as a harpist, including being awarded the Patrick McDonaldMemorial Award for Best Adaptation as part the Princess Margaret of the Isles Senior Clarsach competition. SPONSORED BY: The London & South East Branch of The Clarsach Society SUPPORTED BY: The Glasgow Branch of The Clarsach Society

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C03 - DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS & FRIENDS SIXTO CORBALÁN & PEDRO MARTÍNEZ

DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS & FRIENDS Voices from the Savannah, Joropo and Harp A captivating musical journey through the Colombian and Venezuelan plains with four musicians from Colombia. Diego will showcase the enchanting arpa llanera (a harp from the plains) and Camilo Menjura the cuatro/guitar. Along with them, Hector de Jesús Martínez, “Pajarito” and Isabel Zentner, who is from London of Colombian heritage, will present traditional song. The singing will be in Spanish and English and Isabel will be delighted to explain the words and meaning of the songs. Both singers will also perform the energetic, rhythmic and visually captivating Joropo dance. A celebration of cultural richness and musical prowess. SIXTO CORBALÁN & PEDRO MARTÍNEZ Contemporary Paraguay Sixto Corbalán on Paraguayan harp and Pedro Martínez on guitar, two of the most innovative performers of contemporary Paraguayan music, share their incomparable expertise and depth of knowledge with us in this evening of music from the South American continent. Together they create fresh and dynamic arrangements of traditional music starting with Polcas and Guaranias, and bring a new contemporary sound to their own compositions. SUPPORTED BY: Jack Hayward Insurance and IberMusicas and Paraguayan Ministry of Culture

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C04 - JAMES RUFF / MARIA MONK

James Ruff explores the rich Highland repertoire for voice and harp from the 16th to 18th centuries, composed or collected by women, who, though excluded from official positions, proved important bearers of tradition in Scotland as musicians, singers, song collectors and poets. Come and experience their songs in Gaelic and Scots – laments for husbands, brothers and kinsmen, noble celebrations of clan chiefs and beautiful farewells to home and to the music of the clarsach. All these are woven together with haunting examples of the enigmatic Port – said to be old harp music preserved in early Scottish lute manuscripts – rarely heard repertoire that is sure to enchant you. MARIA MONK For Royal National Mòd Prizewinner Maria Monk, currently a student at Glasgow Gaelic School, Gaelic culture has always been a part of her life. A fluent Gaelic speaker with roots in the Western Isles, she loves singing, dancing and music and will share some of her favourite pieces with us today. SUPPORTED BY: The Wire Branch of The Clarsach Society and An Comunn Gàidhealach / The Royal National Mòd

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C05 - ADRIANO SANGINETO/TARRAN

ADRIANO SANGINETO Arpa Creativa A welcome return for Adriano, the popular Italian clarsach player. He will perform his Arpa Creativa show with the clarsach becoming an extension of his exuberant personality. His own lively compositions set hands and feet irresistibly moving demonstrating the percussive nature of the instrument and expanding its rhythmic and harmonic capabilities. TARRAN Tarran are an exhilarating contemporary folk group from Glasgow with roots in both Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland. The strong, melodic frontline of Malachy Arnold on harp and Breanna Wilson on fiddle, combined with the funk, blues and upbeat rhythms from Sophie Joint on keys and Rory Stark on bodhran creates a lively and innovative twist on traditional music. Tarran have been captivating audiences across Europe since 2019, recently playing at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow where they claimed the “Battle of the Folk Bands award. Currently working on their new EP, the band have a great number of thrilling sets that they are hungry to share with EIHF! SPONSORED BY: David and Brenda Lamb SUPPORTED BY: The United Kingdom Harp Association and Italian Cultural Institute of Edinburgh

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C06 - ELEANOR DUNSDON & GREGOR BLACK RNCM HARP ENSEMBLE PLUS THE WINNER OF THE IAIN MACLEÒID YOUNG COMPOSER AWARD 2023

ELEANOR DUNSDON & GREGOR BLACK Eleanor and Gregor are a Glasgow-based harp and percussion duo, who met during their postgraduate studies in Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2022. Blending their respective sounds of Scottish clarsach and Irish bodhrán, along with contemporary percussion and vocals, they form a creative new duo. ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC HARP ENSEMBLE The RNCM Harp Ensemble is a highly experienced and versatile group of international students who draw on their wide repertoire of music built up from their many lunchtime recitals, appearances at Folk Festivals and working with various orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic. Their programme will include chamber music and music by contemporary composers including their director, Anne-Marie O’Farrell. THE IAIN MACLEÒID YOUNG COMPOSER 2023 The winner of the Clarsach Society’s Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award will perform their winning piece of music and receive the award.

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C07 - THE CLARSACH THROUGH THE AGES ELINOR EVANS RHONA SMITH & STEPHANIE HUMPHREYS WITH THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

ELINOR EVANS Ellie will trace how the clarsach has developed over the years, playing pieces dating back to the early days of the instrument, through its resurgence in the twentieth century and on to the present day. Performing her own arrangements of traditional material and compositions, she will weave varying styles of music from different eras into a beautiful and entertaining tapestry of music. RHONA SMITH & STEPHANIE HUMPHREYS WITH THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Festival students join with Edinburgh based ensemble Na Clàrsairean to form our Festival Orchestra. Along with Drake musician Rhona Smith and harpist Stephanie Humphreys they will perform a specially composed and arranged suite. The Suite, inspired by the beautiful City of Edinburgh and its history, has been created by Rhona and Stephanie in collaboration with Isobel Mieras and Rosemary McKerchar. SUPPORTED BY: Drake Music Scotland

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C08 - INGRID HENDERSON & IAIN MACFARLANE WITH MARGARET STEWART ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL

INGRID HENDERSON & IAIN MACFARLANE WITH MARGARET STEWART With Ingrid on clarsach, Iain on fiddle and Margaret singing Gaelic song, these musical stalwarts create a stunning sound infused with love and understanding of the culture-rich West Highlands. In tonight's joyful performance, duo Ingrid and Iain are joined by one of Gaeldom’s finest singers, in an enriching, enlightening combination of experience and intuitive musicality. ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL Hailing from Dublin, Anne-Marie is renowned for her innovations on lever harp. She takes us on a fascinating journey in which the harp imitates the sounds of lute, guitar, early keyboard and mandolin. She has composed several large-scale works, including a lever harp concerto, In Light Anew, a Civil War Cantata and a five-movement ensemble work commissioned by Harp Ireland. Her works have been performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic and she is Head of Harp at the Royal Northern College of Music. SUPPORTED BY: The Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh and Isle of Lewis Branch of The Clarsach Society and Salvi Music London

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Concert Pass

Access to all concerts* at EIHF 2024 Experience an ear-tingling array of top-class harp music for one, simple price. Full price - £115Concession - £100Under 18s - £60 Line-up to include: Sixto Corbalán & Pedro Martínez / Eleanor Dunsdon & Gregor Black / Elinor Evans / Rhona Smith & Stephanie Humphreys with The Festival Orchestra / Alice Guse / Ingrid Henderson & Iain MacFarlane with Margaret Stewart / Diego Laverde Rojas & Friends / Catriona McKay & Chris Stout / Maria Monk / Anne-Marie O'Farrell / Sue Rothstein / RNCM Harp Ensemble / James Ruff / Adriano Sangineto / Sunita Staneslow / Tarran *Does not include the Ceilidh [D01] or Outreach Concert [C00]

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D01 - FAMILY CEILIDH WITH BELLA MCNAB’S DANCE BAND

BELLA MCNAB'S A long established EIHF favourite, string-driven dance band Bella McNab’s features a front-line of three of Scotland’s top fiddlers – Sarah Hoy, Jenny Gardner and Sarah McFadyen. They keep the tunes coming, underpinned by the guitar of David Francis and the bass of John Young, making a swingy, highly danceable sound. Caller David Francis reminds you of the dances you know and keeps you right in the ones you don’t.

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Child Beginners, 4-Day Course, Harps Provided

T01 - Toni Russell

Child Beginners 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10amTUTOR: Toni RussellLEVEL: Beginner (see brochure p23 for explanation) Learn to play the Clarsach in a fun and relaxed way. The course will teach basic technique at the same time as learning tunes you will recognise, working around the coloured strings. You will also learn patterns that your muscle memory will help you to remember through different musical games. No musical knowledge is required for this course. Harps provided. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Harps Provided, No Experience Necessary, Adult Beginner, 4-Day Course

T02 - Fiona Rutherford

ADULT BEGINNERS 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Fiona RutherfordLEVEL: Beginner (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music A chance to try this beautiful and versatile instrument for yourself. We will explore good technique habits through simple exercises and melodies. Enjoy this relaxed and encouraging introduction to harp playing. Harps provided. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access.    Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Post Beginner

T03 - Eleanor Hetherington

POST BEGINNERS 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Eleanor HetheringtonLEVEL: Post beginners (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written musi For those who have taken a beginners harp course in the past or who have no teacher and now wish to take the next important steps. The class will focus on developing new technical aspects as well as refreshing those important first steps. You will continue to expand your repertoire through familiar and new tunes whilst improving sound quality, increasing musical awareness and confidence at the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access.    Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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4-Day Course, Elementary, M (written music), Post Beginner

T04 - Bill Taylor

WIRE STRUNG CLARSACH 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Bill TaylorLEVEL: Post-beginner /Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD - M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music New players of the wire-strung Highland clarsach are very welcome to join this course. Using both historical and traditional pieces, we will reinforce basics and explore damping techniques that allow the music to shine, without the clutter of excessive ringing. All sizes of harps can be used, and it’s helpful to have fingernails at least 2 mm long. As we interpret the pieces we will focus on cleanly playing melodies and will see how to release harmony from melody. Additionally, we will learn how to play crisp decorative figures found in historical sources and how to apply interesting accompaniments. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access.    Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Elementary, Childrens' Event, Primary Children, 4-Day Course

T05 - Heather Yule

FUN FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Heather YuleLEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Heather will choose some lovely tunes, mostly from Scotland, and help you get them under your fingers and draw out their magic sound. This course is for children of primary school age who enjoy playing the harp and want to develop their skills further and maybe even hear some stories along the way. Please notify the office if you require assitance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Online Content, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary

T06 - Elinor Evans (online course)

SCOTTISH AIRS FOR THE CLARSACH - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4:30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Elinor EvansLEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Who doesn’t love a slow air? Whatever your ability, making the harp sing while playing gentle contemplative music is a real pleasure. During this course, Ellie will teach her own accessible arrangements of airs from around Scotland. The clarsach has always borrowed from other instruments so song tunes and music originally written for fiddle will be included to show how they can work on the clarsach. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary

T07 - Charlotte Peterson

SCOTTISH TUNES 4 DAT COURSEL SAT / SUN / MON /TUE 4.30PM-6.00PM TUTOR: Charlotte Petersen LEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation) TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music given out during or at the end of each session Charlotte will share some of her beautiful, accessible and effective arrangements of Scottish and Gaelic tunes. She will show how to use different left hand patterns to support and complement varying styles of melody. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary

T08 - Sixto Corbalán

BASIC TECHNIQUES OF THE PARAGUAYAN HARP 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Sixto CorbalanLEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music This course is for players of all types of harps and will focus on the traditional techniques for approaching the music of Paraguay. Join us to learn some wonderful tunes and be transported to Sixto’s native land by the power of music. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E (by ear), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T09 - Sunita Staneslow

CREATING A SOUNDSCAPE OF THERAPEUTIC MUSIC4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Sunita StaneslowLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD: E Teaching will be by ear The skills used to create therapeutic music also help us create beautiful phrases. Learn to play simple patterns and melodies that fit comfortably in your hands. Gorgeous tone is essential. Together we will explore ways to create a sumptuous sound on all fingers as we squeeze the strings and release with buoyancy. We all can benefit from the healing vibrations and tones of the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E (by ear), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T10 - Catriona McKay

CATRIONA'S TOP TUNES for ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: Catriona McKayLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E: Teaching will be mainly by ear with written music given out at the end Join Catriona for a few days of exploring some music she finds endlessly fascinating! She will take you on a journey of how she unearths the layers within the music. A fun time, sharing music that she loves, and that she hopes you will enjoy and want to play forever! Bring enthusiasm and open hearts to making music together! Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Online Content, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T11 - Wendy Stewart (online course)

SCOTTISH TUNES - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Wendy StewartLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Simple but effective arrangements of beautiful yet easy Scottish tunes. Wendy will build up the musical elements and layers so everyone can find their own comfort level but understand ways to stretch further. With background information and time for discussion around Scottish music and culture. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T12 - Ingrid Henderson

HIGHLAND SONG AND DANCE MELODIES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Ingrid HendersonLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Learn a variety of arrangements of Highland melodies from haunting Gaelic airs to waltzes and pipe marches. Figure out some tricks of how to make them suit your level of playing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Feel free to bring a recording device. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T13 - Ailie Robertson

TAME YOUR TECHNIQUE 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Ailie RobertsonLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music will be provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of reading/assimilating music. Have you been playing for a little while now but know your technique needs some tightening up? Join Ailie for this course focussing on harp technique in a supportive and friendly environment. We’ll be looking at a range of exercises and tips and tricks to help take your playing to the next level! Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T14 - Fiona Rutherford

CREATIVE PATTERNING 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Fiona RutherfordLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music In this fun and exploratory course we will look at various melodic and rhythmic patterns that flow well on the harp with a view to beginning to create your own. We will learn some tricks of the trade of composing and develop ideas for both individual and group music making. A relaxed class for those with creative curiosity. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T15 - Adriano Sangineto

GETTING IN THE GROOVE for ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.3amTUTOR: Adriano SanginetoLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Do you yearn to play Dance Music on the harp? In this course, Adriano explores the rhythmic possibilities of the harp, developing that rhythmic and harmonic awareness that is essential for playing dance music. We will learn the basic steps of the dances and study the necessary techniques to successfully play them on the harp. The course will deal with both Italian folk dances and original compositions by Adriano. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T16 - Anne-Marie O'Farrell

MUSIC OF THE IRISH HARPING TRADITION 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Anne-Marie O'FarrellLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Come and explore music from the Irish harping tradition, featuring music by O’Carolan and from the Bunting Collection. We’ll learn tunes written for all kinds of reasons and occasions, showing the wonderful range in this rich tradition. Some tunes will be in different modes typical of Irish folk music, and the arrangements given will help you get to know more about harmony and left-hand skills. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T17 - Eleanor Hetherington

CLASSICAL FOR CLARSACH 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Eleanor HetheringtonLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Become an even more versatile harp player. Explore some new and some, perhaps familiar, much loved classical tunes to add to your repertoire. At the same time, attention will be given to developing technical proficiency, sound production and confidence at the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T18 - Toni Russell (online course)

SCOTTISH DANCE TUNES - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Toni RussellLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Learn to play Scottish traditional tunes to which you and your friends can actually dance! Using different chordal accompaniments and bass lines in the arrangements, Toni will give you the opportunity to learn some new music in your own comfort zone. This will help make learning some old and new Scottish dance tunes a fun and enjoyable experience. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T19 - Rachel Hair (online course)

OUR CELTIC COUSINS - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Rachel HairLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Come and join us for a musical journey as we celebrate the vibrant music from our lesser-known Celtic cousins and discover new tunes from regions of the World that you may not know have a Celtic connection. We’ll learn about the culture surrounding each tune we tackle, helping to awaken the senses whilst widening your Celtic music repertoire on the harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T20 - James Ruff

EXPLORING HISTORICAL SOURCES: EARLY GAELIC HARP REPERTOIRE FOR ALL HARPS 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: James RuffLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music To play the Early Gaelic Harp means to become a sleuth in search of early repertoire – a challenge in a culture of oral tradition! Come discover where to find early Scottish and Irish harp repertoire and learn representative pieces from each source along the way. We will focus on Edward Bunting’s field manuscripts, 17th/18th century Scottish lute manuscripts, 18th/19th century publications, and later traditional archive recordings. These treasures all yield important clues on arranging for the early Gaelic harp – and all harps – along historical lines,where specific fingering, damping and use of the bass hand greatly enhance both expression and style. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T21 - Malachy Arnold

HARMONISING TRADITIONS: REGIONAL IRISH TUNES FOR HARP - in person course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am-10.30amTUTOR: Malachy ArnoldLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Immerse yourself in the art of adapting regional Irish tunes not typically associated with the harp. This course invites you to look at harp arrangements for these often overlooked melodies. Together, we'll embrace the subtleties and nuances of diverse Irish regions, weaving their musical tales into the harp's strings. Join us for a harmonious exploration, where the harp becomes a front storyteller, bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T22 - Malachy Arnold (online course)

HARMONISING TRADITIONS: REGIONAL IRISH TUNES FOR HARP - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pmTUTOR: Malachy ArnoldLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Immerse yourself in the art of adapting regional Irish tunes not typically associated with the harp. This course invites you to look at harp arrangements for these often overlooked melodies. Together, we'll embrace the subtleties and nuances of diverse Irish regions, weaving their musical tales into the harp's strings. Join us for a harmonious exploration, where the harp becomes a front storyteller, bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T23 - Sunita Staneslow

THE PASSSION OF JEWISH & ARABIC MUSIC 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Sunita StaneslowLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Discover the passion and power of both Jewish and Arabic music. We will learn several Jewish melodies based on verses from the Psalms, secular Jewish Sephardic melodies, Yiddish songs and explore the rhythm and modes of traditional Arabic music. Sunita will discuss ways of performing and arranging them that bring out their Jewish soul and exotic Arabic character. We will work from full arrangements, lead sheets and improvise around a Middle Eastern mode. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate

T24 - Diego Laverde Rojas

CUMBIA JOROPO GROOVES4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Diego Laverde RojasLEVEL: Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music In this course, we embark on a rhythmic adventure through the Colombian-Venezuelan plains with Joropo, featuring one of the most crucial rhythms, “Seis por Derecho.” Infused with a hint of Caribbean flair, we showcase Cumbia, complemented by the rhythmic appeal of syncopation. Exploring the nuances of 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures, we unravel the rich musical tapestry that defines these diverse landscapes. This course is intended for players of Latin American harps and players of other harps with a familiarity of the genre can also join. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Sorry, Sold Out!, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T25 - Catriona McKay

CATRIONA'S TOP TUNES for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Catriona McKayLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Join Catriona for a few days of exploring some music she finds endlessly fascinating! She will take you on a journey of how she unearths the layers within the music. A fun time sharing music that she loves and that hopes you will enjoy and want to play forever! Bring enthusiasm and open hearts to make music together! Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T26 - Elinor Evans

SCOTTISH AIRS FOR CLARSACH (in-person course) 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: Elinor EvansLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Do you love a slow air? During this course, Elinor will be teaching her arrangements of beautiful airs from Scotland. However long you have been playing making the harp sing while playing contemplative music can be challenging especially as the clarsach has always borrowed from other instruments. We will explore songs and fiddle music and examine how we can make them work on the clarsach whilemaintaining the feel of the original. Click H ERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T27 - Ingrid Henderson

HOW TO ACCOMPANY OTHER I 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Ingrid HendersonLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music NSTRUMENTS AND THE VOICE Develop skills in creating beautiful and fitting arrangements to accompany a range of traditional Scottish music. We will discover how to bring out the rhythmic feel of the tunes, how to complement a song giving good support to the singer and how to make harmonic choices for both tunes and songs. Feel free to bring a recording device. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T28 - Adriano Sanginetto

GETTING IN THE GROOVE for ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30amTUTOR: Adriano SanginetoLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Do you want to further develop your skills in playing dance music? In this course, Adriano explores the rhythmic possibilities of the harp, developing that rhythmic and harmonic awareness that is essential for playing dance music. We will learn the basic steps of the dances and study the necessary techniques to successfully play them on the harp. The course will deal with both Italian folk dances and original compositions by Adriano. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T29 - Anne-Marie O'Farrell

BOUNDARIES, WHAT BOUNDARIES? 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30amTUTOR: Anne-Marie O'FarrellLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music An exciting journey of music through the ages from early baroque to recently written music, visiting lots of places in between. We’ll explore a range of pieces from the classical tradition, which will include colourful key changes, interesting harmonies, and we’ll look at aspects of lever changing and transcription to help make it all possible! Lever harp and pedal harpists welcome. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T30 - Sixto Corbalán

THE LATIN AMERICAN HARP RHYTHMIC AND MELODIC POSSIBILITIES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Sixto CorbalanLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music This course is suitable both for players of Latin American harps and lever harp players who already have some experience of the music. Sixto will discuss and teach the different rhythmic and melodic possibilities of musical genres from Paraguay and neighbouring regions with emphasis on 6/8 rhythms. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course, Intermediate / Advanced

T31 - Rachel Hair

YES! HARPS CAN SESSION! 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pmTUTOR: Rachel HairLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all level of reading/assimilating music. The session can be a scary prospect at times for harp players, so come along to this four part session course where we will both learn and build on the skills needed to session with confidence. We’ll work on chord patterns and riffs for accompanying other instruments, how to identify keys for tunes, how to change keys fast and effectively, learn some of the famous die-hard session tunes, and discuss what good session etiquette is. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course

T32 - Isobel Mieras

THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1PM - 2.30PM TUTOR: Isobel MierasLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music will be provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of reading/assimilating music. Your chance to practise, rehearse and perform in the Festival’s Tuesday afternoon concert. We will join Edinburgh Harp Orchestra, Na Clàrsairean, in a new suite devised by Rhona Smith of Drake Music, Scotland and harpist Stephanie Humphreys in collaboration with Isobel Mieras and Rosemary Mckerchar, inspired by our beautiful capital city, Edinburgh, and its history. Music with parts for all abilities will be sent out in advance. Join us to discover and experience the joy and satisfaction of rehearsing, sharing and refining music to performance level. Through expertise in technology, Drake Music, Scotland enables disabled musicians to independently compose and perform music. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, M + E (written music + by ear), 4-Day Course

T33 - Sue Rothstein

PEDAL HARP COURSE 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: Sue RothsteinLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD M+E: Written music will be provided from the start but teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of reading/assimilating music. Four solo pieces and one duet covering different genres will be offered on this course, with tips on technique and general tuition and how to get to know them well. We will learn a duet and a solo piece, written by Sue, as well as some arrangements and one little classic gem. Participants are also welcome to bring along a piece of their choice to play, where they can receive helpful suggestions if they wish, or just perform to the rest of the class if they prefer. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T34 - James Ruff

SINGING HISTORIC SONGS AT THE HARP - FIRST STEPS IN SELF-ACCOMPANYING ALONG HISTORICAL LINES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: James RuffLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will initially be by ear with written music given out  during the session. The harp has long been tied to poetry and singing, though learning the song and then performing it with the harp can be a daunting task! In this course open to all, we will analyse and break down the process of singing to our own harp accompaniment into practical steps. We will look at representative historic songs in English (John Dowland), Latin (from Dublin Troper), Scots (King Orfeo) and Gaelic (Òran Chlann ‘ic Neacail), incorporating effective tools to match poetry to tune, learn and pronounce expressively in each language, and finally explore historic techniques and style further heightening each song’s expression at the harp. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T35 - Diego Laverde Rojas

JOROPO GROOVES 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30am TUTOR: Diego Laverde RojasLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music. In this course, we will learn rhythmic structures and harmonic progressions of rhythms from the Colombian-Venezuelan plains, like: “Chipola, Seis Numerao, and Guacharaca”.The goal is to grasp them at a basic level and, throughout the course, build a database to provide additional tools for improving improvisation. The course is aimed at players of all types of harps. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T36 - Heather Yule (online course)

MORE TRADITIONAL TUNES & THERE STORIES - online/zoom course 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue  4.30pm - 6pmTUTOR: Heather YuleLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Discover the stories behind some new tunes after last year’s successful course. No need to have attended that course to enjoy this one. Often the composers of traditional melodies are forgotten in the ‘mist of time’ but the stories and legends behind their tunes can still be uncovered. In this class we will learn some great tunes that also have great stories attached to them. You might just want to know the background of a melody to give more colour to your introductions, or add depth to your performance, or you might be interested in weaving the tunes and stories together. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T37 - Charlotte Petersen

DUETS – TWO'S COMPANY 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pmTUTOR: Charlotte PetersenLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Famed for her beautiful, effective arrangements and sympathetic teaching, Charlotte will lead you through duet arrangements of varying styles of tunes, some to move you and others to make you smile. The music, from around the world, will be accessible to all levels. Bring a duet partner or come on your own to enjoy the “Two’s Company” experience. You are welcome to bring a recording device. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T38 - Pedro Martinez

MIXED ABILITIES BRAZILIAN MUSIC LAB FOR GUITAR 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am-10.30amTUTOR: Pedro MartinezLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music For less experienced guitar players. This musical laboratory aims to explore the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic language of three Brazilian genres: bossa nova, samba and baião. Through the study of wellknown compositions of each genre, we will see the structure of each piece and how best we may interpret it. All types of guitar are welcome including classical nylon strung, metal strung, electric and others. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Mixed Abilities, E + M (by ear + written music), 4-Day Course

T39 - Pedro Martinez

SOUTH AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR 4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pmTUTOR: Pedro MartinezLEVEL: Mixed Abilities (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music For guitar players of all levels except beginners. Latin America has a vast culture of traditional music, and South America is part of this broad musical spectrum. Often the South American music we hear is a bland, banal stereotype produced by the music industry. Pedro’s course offers an authentic approach to some South American rhythms from a historical and a practical point of view. All types of guitar are welcome including classical nylon strung, metal strung, electric and others. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Weekend Course, Elementary / Intermediate

T40 - Wendy Stewart

SCOTTISH TUNES This course is delivered over four sessions 2 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun   1pm-2.30pm & 4.30pm -6pm, each dayTUTOR: Wendy StewartLEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Simple but effective arrangements of beautiful yet easy Scottish tunes. Wendy will build up the musical elements and layers so everyone can find their own comfort level but understand ways to stretch further. With background information and time for discussion around Scottish music and culture. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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E + M (by ear + written music), Intermediate / Advanced, Weekend Course

T41 - Heather Downie

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED HARMONY IN THE HIGHLANDS: EXPLORING THE RICH TRADITIONS OF SCOTTISH MUSIC This course is delivered over four sessions, over two dates 2 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun /  1pm-2.30pm & 4.30pm-6pm, each dayTUTOR: Heather DownieLEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation)TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Explore the depths of Scotland's musical heritage by delving into its intricate melodies, ancient tales, and rhythmic dances. Heather will guide you through technical exercises designed to hone your Scottish musical skills, followed by an exploration of some of her favourite Scottish pieces, delving into their history and context to deepen your understanding of the music. We will also explore and discuss arrangement choices, encouraging you to consider your own personal approach to arranging and your musical identity. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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Come & Try

T42 - Bill Taylor

COME & TRY WIRE STRUNG CLARSACH Sunday 4.30pm -6pmTUTOR: Bill Taylor Max 8 participants An opportunity to try out the beautifully resonant wirestrung Highland clarsach. While these were properly played with fingernails at least 2 mm long, that’s not necessary for this taster class. The technique we use is often called playing “in the stopped style”, where the finger pads damp certain strings to stop excessive ringing and allow us to hear a clear line for the melody, the decoration, or both. Play a few simple tunes, touch on its history and feel free to ask questions. A limited number of wire-strung clarsachs are available. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T43 - Bill Taylor

COME & TRY WIRE STRUNG CLARSACH Monday 1pm-2.30pm TUTOR: Bill Taylor Max 8 participants An opportunity to try out the beautifully resonant wirestrung Highland clarsach. While these were properly played with fingernails at least 2 mm long, that’s not necessary for this taster class. The technique we use is often called playing “in the stopped style”, where the finger pads damp certain strings to stop excessive ringing and allow us to hear a clear line for the melody, the decoration, or both. Play a few simple tunes, touch on its history and feel free to ask questions. A limited number of wire-strung clarsachs are available. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T44 - Gregor Black

COME & TRY BODHRÁN Monday 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: Gregor Black A brilliant opportunity to learn the basics of bodhrán playing for anyone enthusiastic about rhythm and groove. A limited number of bodhrans may be available by contacting the office or bring your own. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T45 - Màiri Macleod

COME & TRY SCOTTISH GAELIC Saturday 4.30pm-5.30pm TUTOR Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T46 - Màiri Macleod

COME & TRY SCOTTISH GAELIC Monday  1pm-2pm TUTOR: Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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T47 - Màiri Macleod

COME & TRY SCOTTISH GAELIC Tuesday  9am -10am TUTOR: Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences. Please notify the office if you require assistance with access. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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60-min Workshop, Bring your harp!

W01 - Sessions for Starters Rachel Hair and Neil Wood

Ever fancied joining in a traditional music session with your harp? Don’t know where to begin? Join Rachel and Neil for this relaxed, hands-on group workshop exploring session repertoire, accompaniment ideas and what to do when you don’t know the tune! No previous session experience is required to take part in this workshop and participants are welcome to then pursue their newfound session skills during the sessions held in The Gathering Space. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Highland Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W02 - Exploring Digital Harp Rhona Smith

Rhona is a skilled and innovative musician working with Drake Music Scotland. Inspired by performers such as Catriona McKay, she found her particular love was the sound of the harp. With Ali Gillies, her musical support, she will tell us about her journey as a musician with a disability and will include examples of a couple of pieces she has composed for her digital harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: Drake Music Scotland

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W03 - JoyUs Harmony Singing Kathy Stewart Kennedy

Come and experience the joy of singing and harmonising together in a safe and relaxed setting. No experience necessary, just bring your natural voice and an open heart. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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W04 - Harp and Fiddle Catriona McKay and Chris Stout

Here is an opportunity for harp and fiddle players to join Catriona & Chris to learn a tune, explore it a little, have a chat, ask a question or two and have a great time playing together! You are welcome to bring your harp. **NOTE: The date of this event has changed from the printed brochure to Sat 6th April at 11:00 Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Argyll Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W05 - Limitless Creativity: Unleashing the Power of Creative Constraints Heather Downie

We are told to think outside the box. What is this box? And what’s inside? In this creativity workshop we redefine it as inspirational space. Explore the power of thinking inside the box, discover its cosy structure that can nurture creativity. Constraints become catalysts, inspiring innovation. Delve into the psychology of creative limits. Strike the balance between restriction and freedom using interactive exercises and discussions. Whether you are a seasoned musician or a curious novice, this workshop unlocks new creative dimensions. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Dumfries and Galloway Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W06 - To Teach Online or Not to Teach online? That is the Question! Shelley Fairplay and Isobel Mieras

Shelley will open the session by sharing the good, the bad, the ugly, and amazing opportunities online learning can create for harp students and teachers. We explore how it differs from working face to face, including technical, physical and emotional considerations and look at some tried and tested strategies for successful online lessons both from the perspective of students and teachers. Isobel will then chair an open discussion. Join us to share your personal experience of online and live teaching as we learn together how to develop best practices for the benefit of the harping community. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Bristol and West Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W07 - Masterclass Sue Rothstein

With three or four selected students, Sue will offer her thoughts on how they might improve certain aspects of performing a particular piece. She will gently guide each individual player to feel freer to communicate what they are trying to say as a musician by considering various techniques and with particular emphasis on dynamics and timing. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The London and East Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W08 - Wisdom from the Early Gaelic Harp Tradition: Practical Arranging along Historical Lines for all Harps James Ruff

Following the latest research into historic evidence of harp bass and historic fingering for the early Gaelic Harp, we will explore arranging early Gaelic pieces for wire-strung harp and all kinds of harps. We will look at evidence of harp bass in the Bunting field notebooks and various early Scottish Lute Manuscripts, comparing and contrasting what we find with the arrangements we see in early publications, such as The Ancient Music of Scotland by Daniel Dow (1776). We can try out the different possibilities ourselves and discuss our own perceptions and impressions as we go. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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W09 - Colombia and Paraguay: Musical Brotherhood through the Harp Sixto Corbalán and Diego Laverde Rojas

This workshop highlights the similarities and rhythmic variations of the Llanera and Paraguayan harps, each representing its country. We'll discuss key differences in harp building and playing techniques, exploring rhythms with maestros Sixto Corbalán from Paraguay and Diego Laverde Rojas from Colombia. Join the dialogue shedding light on the craftsmanship and playing techniques defining each harp Tradition. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Transpennine Branch of The Clarsach Society and IberMusicas and Paraguayan Ministry of Culture

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W10 - The “King of Harmony” The Continuo and its Modern Evolution Adriano Sangineto

This workshop deals with the role of harp as a leading instrument of harmony in early music, the so-called “continuo.” A bass line can change the mood, lead the rhythm and give different nuances to a tune. In other words, it is one of the main factors responsible for the aesthetics of music. During the evolution of music its role has never changed. Adriano will show some examples taken from his own repertoire. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies SUPPORTED BY: The Wales Branch of The Clarsach Society

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W11 - Delicious Little Fragments Margaret Stewart

Margaret will offer insights into her own repertoire and teach a few Gaelic songs and/or choruses which can easily be picked up in a limited time. Where available, the historical or social context of the songs will also be imparted and discussed. Important aspects of Gaelic song performance such as attention to correct pronunciation, assonance, phrasing and vowel lengths may also be included in the workshop. No previous knowledge of the Gaelic language or Gaelic song is required and students will be given a copy of the song words to take away. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographies

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W12 - Creating Beauty Sunita Staneslow

Learn to create instant beauty with shimmering glissandi and improvisation over a simple descending bass line. Sunita worked for over a dozen years as a therapeutic harpist, and these are patterns she found to be essential and readily accessible to players at all levels. She believes that it is empowering to share beauty anytime, anywhere. You are welcome to bring your harp. Click HERE for artist/tutor biographiesSUPPORTED BY: The Northumbrian Branch of The Clarsach Society

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