Festival Events

Guide to Course Levels & Teaching Method

Course Levels

  • Beginner: You have no experience of playing the harp.
  • Post-beginner: You took last year’s Beginners’ course, have had relatively few lessons and/or require help with basic technique.
  • Elementary: You can already perform simple tunes, require further help in consolidating basic technique and wish to work slowly and carefully.
  • Elementary/Intermediate: As Elementary but you feel ready to stretch your boundaries.
  • Intermediate: You already have good technique and can work at a moderate pace.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: As Intermediate, but you are ready and willing to work at a faster pace.
  • Advanced: Your technique is good and you wish to work at a good pace to stretch yourself.
  • Mixed Ability: For all levels, except Beginner.

For further advice about course levels please contact us on +44 (0) 131 445 2022

Teaching Method

  • E: teaching will be by ear with written music given out only at the end of the course.
  • E+M: teaching will initially be by ear with written music given out during or at the end of each session.
  • M: teaching will be from written music.
  • M+E: written music will be given at the start of the course. However, teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of skill in reading/assimilating music.

Saturday April 11th

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Live music enhancing lives / Alison Frazer

Start: Saturday April 11th, 11:00 am
End: Saturday April 11th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8
Event Code:
W3
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Words and music / Tom Pow and Wendy Stewart

Start: Saturday April 11th, 11:00 am
End: Saturday April 11th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8
Event Code:
W2
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Free yourself from stress through Holistic Pulsing / Marianne Cranston

Start: Saturday April 11th, 11:00 am
End: Saturday April 11th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8
Event Code:
W1
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Sunday April 12th

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Techniques and tendencies of the Paraguayan harp / Sixto and Juanjo Corbalán

Start: Sunday April 12th, 11:00 am
End: Sunday April 12th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8.00
Event Code:
W5
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Harmony Singing / Patsy Seddon

Start: Sunday April 12th, 11:00 am
End: Sunday April 12th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8.00
Event Code:
W6
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Being a music therapist / Rory Campbell

Start: Sunday April 12th, 11:00 am
End: Sunday April 12th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8
Event Code:
W4
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Monday April 13th

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What shall I wear? / Meinir Heulyn

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W13
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The harp is only half the instrument / Chris Blagdon

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W14
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Towards an understanding of historical Gaelic music / Siobhán Armstrong and Aodán Ó Ceallaigh

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W10
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The power of the lullaby / Irene Watt

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W11
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Playing pibroch on harp / Karen Marshalsay

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W12
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Jamming with The Whiting on the Wall / Amanda Whiting, Deej Williams and Tony Robinson

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W9
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Masterclass (pedal and lever harps) / Eleanor Turner

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W7
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Harp and guitar: duet-playing and arranging / Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

Start: Monday April 13th, 10:30 am
End: Monday April 13th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £10.00
Event Code:
W8
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Tuesday April 14th

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Gaelic puirt-à-beul (mouth music) / Calum Macleod

Start: Tuesday April 14th, 11:00 am
End: Tuesday April 14th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8.00
Event Code:
W17
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The slow air and dance tradition of Irish harp music / Michelle Mulcahy

Start: Tuesday April 14th, 11:00 am
End: Tuesday April 14th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8.00
Event Code:
W16
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Scottish Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / Joshua Dickson

Start: Tuesday April 14th, 11:00 am
End: Tuesday April 14th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8.00
Event Code:
W15
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Wednesday April 15th

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Loopy levers / Rachel Hair

Start: Wednesday April 15th, 11:00 am
End: Wednesday April 15th, 12:00 pm
Cost: £8.00
Event Code:
W18
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