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  • AFTERNOON CONCERT (C00): Outreach EIHF JUNIOR ENSEMBLE & SHONA COWIE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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.

    £8

    CONCERT PASS

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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 / The Festival Orchestra / Alice Guse / Ingrid Henderson …

    £115

    Opening Gathering

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Location: The Gathering Space. Join us for an opening reception. Come and mingle with this year’s artists and tutors, meet friends old and new. Supported by the North East Scotland Branch of The Clarsach Society

    EVENING CONCERT (C01): CHRIS STOUT & CATRIONA MCKAY / SUNITA STANESLOW

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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. SUNITA …

    £18

    COURSE (T01): TONI RUSSELL – Child Beginners

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10am TUTOR: Toni Russell LEVEL: 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 …

    £40

    COURSE (T21): MALACHY ARNOLD – Harmonising Traditions: Regional Irish Tunes for Harp INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am-10.30am TUTOR: Malachy Arnold LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T08): SIXTO CORBALAN – Basic Techniques of the Paraguayan harp ELEMENTARY

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Sixto Corbalan LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T35): DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS – Joropo Grooves MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30am  TUTOR: Diego Laverde Rojas LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T38): PEDRO MARTINEZ – Brazilian Music Lab for Guitar MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am-10.30am TUTOR: Pedro Martinez LEVEL: 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: …

    £65

    ZOOM COURSE (T11): WENDY STEWART – Scottish Tunes ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE *ZOOM*

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Wendy Stewart LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T26): ELINOR EVANS – Scottish Airs for the Clarsach INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30am TUTOR: Elinor Evans LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T29): ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL – Boundaries, What Boundaries? INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30am TUTOR: Anne-Marie O'Farrell LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T12): INGRID HENDERSON – Highland Song and Dance Melodies ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Ingrid Henderson LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T10): CATRIONA MCKAY – Catriona’s Top Tunes ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Catriona McKay LEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate (see brochure p23 for explanation) TEACHING METHOD E: Teaching will be by ear. 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T15): ADRIANO SANGINETO – Getting in the Groove ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Adriano Sangineto LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T20): JAMES RUFF – Exploring Historical Sources: Early Gaelic Harp Repertoire for All Harps INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9am - 10.30am TUTOR: James Ruff LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T03): ELEANOR HETHERINGTON-Post Beginners

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am  TUTOR: Eleanor Hetherington LEVEL: Post beginners (see brochure p23 for explanation) TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music For those who have taken a beginners harp course in the past or who have no teacher and now wish to …

    £65

    COURSE (T04): BILL TAYLOR – Wire Strung Clarsach POST BEGINNERS/ELEMENTARY

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 9.00am-10.30am TUTOR: Bill Taylor LEVEL: 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, …

    £65

    WORKSHOP (W04): CATRIONA MCKAY & CHRIS STOUT Harp and Fiddle

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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! **NOTE: The date of this event has changed from the printed brochure to Sat 6th April at 11:00

    £11

    WORKSHOP (W02): RHONA SMITH Exploring Digital Harp

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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.

    £11

    WORKSHOP (W03): KATHY STEWART KENNEDY JoyUs Harmony Singing

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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!

    £11

    WORKSHOP (W01): RACHEL HAIR & NEIL WOOD Session for Starters

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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

    £11

    COURSE (T05): HEATHER YULE – Fun for Primary School Age Children ELEMENTARY

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Heather Yule LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    ZOOM COURSE (T22): MALACHY ARNOLD – Harmonising Traditions: Regional Irish Tunes for Harp INTERMEDIATE *ZOOM*

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Malachy Arnold LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T25): CATRIONA MCKAY – Catriona’s Top Tunes INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Catriona McKay LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T30): SIXTO CORBALAN – The Latin American Harp – Rhythmic and Melodic Possibilities INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Sixto Corbalan LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    WEEKEND COURSE (T41): HEATHER DOWNIE – Harmony in the Highlands: Exploring the Rich Traditions of Scottish Music INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    2 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun /  1pm-2.30pm & 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: Heather Downie LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation) TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music This course is delivered over four sessions Saturday • 1.00pm & 4.30pm & Sunday • 1.00pm & 4.30pm Explore the depths of Scotland's …

    £65

    COURSE (T39): PEDRO MARTINEZ – South American Music for Guitar MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pm TUTOR: Pedro Martinez LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T27): INGRID HENDERSON – How to Accompany Other Instruments and the Voice INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Ingrid Henderson LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced (see brochure p23 for explanation) TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Develop skills in creating beautiful and fitting arrangements to accompany a range of traditional Scottish music. We will discover how …

    £65

    COURSE (T32): ISOBEL MIERAS – The Festival Orchestra MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1PM - 2.30PM  TUTOR: Isobel Mieras LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T37): CHARLOTTE PETERSEN – Duets – Two’s Company MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm-2.30pm TUTOR: Charlotte Petersen LEVEL: 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, …

    £65

    WEEKEND COURSE (T40): WENDY STEWART – Scottish Tunes ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    2 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun   1pm-2.30pm & 4.30pm -6pm TUTOR: Wendy Stewart LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T28): ADRIANO SANGINETO – Getting in the Groove INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Adriano Sangineto LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T31): RACHEL HAIR – Yes! Harps Can Session! INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Rachel Hair LEVEL: 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, …

    £65

    COURSE (T24): DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS – Cumbia Joropo Grooves INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Diego Laverde Rojas LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T17): ELEANOR HETHERINGTON – Classical for Clarsach ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Eleanor Hetherington LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T02): FIONA RUTHERFORD – Adult Beginners

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Fiona Rutherford LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    ZOOM COURSE (T18): TONI RUSSELL – Scottish Dance Tunes INTERMEDIATE *ZOOM*

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Toni Russell LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T23): SUNITA STANESLOW -The Passion of Jewish & Arabic Music INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Sunita Staneslow LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T16): ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL – Music of the Irish Harping Tradition ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 1pm - 2.30pm TUTOR: Anne-Marie O'Farrell LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    AFTERNOON CONCERT (C02): SUE ROTHSTEIN / ALICE GUSE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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. ALICE GUSE Alice will share a taste of her love for traditional and contemporary music with us …

    £15

    COME AND TRY (T45) SCOTTISH GAELIC – MAIRI MACLEOD

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

      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.

    £8

    COURSE (T34): JAMES RUFF – Singing Historic Songs at the Harp – First Steps in Self-Accompanying along Historical Lines MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm-6pm  TUTOR: James Ruff LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T09): SUNITA STANESLOW – Creating a Soundscape of Therapeutic Music ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pm TUTOR: Sunita Staneslow LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T33): SUE ROTHSTEIN – Pedal Harp Course MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm-6pm  TUTOR: Sue Rothstein LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    ZOOM COURSE (T19): RACHEL HAIR – Our Celtic Cousins INTERMEDIATE *ZOOM*

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pm TUTOR: Rachel Hair LEVEL: 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 elebrate the vibrant music from our lesser-known Celtic cousins and …

    £65

    ZOOM COURSE (T06): ELINOR EVANS Scottish Airs for the Clarsach ELEMENTARY *ZOOM*

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm-6pm TUTOR: Elinor Evans LEVEL: 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. …

    £65

    ZOOM COURSE (T36): HEATHER YULE – More Traditional Tunes and Their Stories MIXED ABILITIES

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue  4.30pm - 6pm TUTOR: Heather Yule LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T14): FIONA RUTHERFORD – Creative Patterning ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pm TUTOR: Fiona Rutherford LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    COURSE (T07): CHARLOTTE PETERSEN – Scottish Tunes ELEMENTARY

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4,30pm -6pm TUTOR: Charlotte Petersen LEVEL: Elementary (see brochure p23 for explanation) TEACHING METHOD E+M: Teaching will be initially by ear with written music Charlotte will share some of her beautiful, accessible and effective arrangements of Scottish and Gaelic tunes. She will show how to …

    £65

    COURSE (T13): AILIE ROBERTSON – Tame your Technique ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    4 DAY COURSE: Sat / Sun / Mon / Tue 4.30pm - 6pm TUTOR: Ailie Robertson LEVEL: 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 …

    £65

    EVENING CONCERT (C03): DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS & FRIENDS / SIXTO CORBALÁN & PEDRO MARTÍNEZ

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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. 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 …

    £18

    WORKSHOP (W06): SHELLEY FAIRPLAY & ISOBEL MIERAS To Teach Online or Not to Teach online? That is the Question

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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 …

    £11

    AFTERNOON CONCERT (C04): JAMES RUFF / MARIA MONK

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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. For Royal National Mòd Prizewinner Maria Monk, currently a student at Glasgow Gaelic …

    £15

    COME AND TRY (T42) WIRE STRUNG HARP – BILL TAYLOR

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Sunday 4.30pm -6pm TUTOR: Bill Taylor 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 …

    £16

    EVENING CONCERT (C05): ADRIANO SANGINETO / TARRAN

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    ADRIANO SANGINETO Arpa Creativa A welcome return for Adriano, the popular Italianclarsach player. He will perform his Arpa Creativa show with the clarsach becoming an extension of his exuberant personality. TARRAN Tarran are an exhilarating contemporary folk group from Glasgow with roots in both Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland.

    £18

    WORKSHOP (W07): SUE ROTHSTEIN Masterclass

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    With three or four selected students, Sue will offer her thoughts on how they might improve certain aspects of performing a particular piece.

    £11

    WORKSHOP (W09): SIXTO CORBALÁN & DIEGO LAVERDE ROJAS Colombia and Paraguay: Musical Brotherhood through the Harp

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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.

    £11

    COME AND TRY (T46) SCOTTISH GAELIC – MAIRI MACLEOD

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Monday  1pm-2pm TUTOR: Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences.

    £16

    COME AND TRY (T43) WIRE STRUNG HARP – BILL TAYLOR

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Monday 1pm-2.30pm TUTOR: Bill Taylor 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 …

    £16

    AFTERNOON CONCERT (C06): ELEANOR DUNSDON & GREGOR BLACK / RNCM HARP ENSEMBLE PLUS THE WINNER OF THE IAIN MACLEÒID YOUNG COMPOSER AWARD 2023

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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. ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC HARP ENSEMBLE The RNCM Harp Ensemble is a highly experienced and versatile group of international students who draw …

    £15

    COME AND TRY (T44) BODHRAN – GREGOR BLACK

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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 bodhráns may be available by contacting the office or bring your own.

    £16

    CEILIDH (D01): FAMILY CEILIDH WITH BELLA MCNAB’S DANCE BAND

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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

    £8

    COME AND TRY (T47) SCOTTISH GAELIC – MAIRI MACLEOD

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

      Tuesday  9am -10am TUTOR: Mairi Macleod Learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases to use around EIHF and in different scenarios, switching vocabulary within sentences.

    £8

    WORKSHOP (W12): SUNITA STANESLOW Creating Beauty

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Learn to create instant beauty with shimmering glissandi and improvisation over a simple descending bass line.

    £11

    WORKSHOP (W11): MARGARET STEWART Delicious Little Fragments

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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.

    £11

    AFTERNOON CONCERT (C07): ELINOR EVANS / RHONA SMITH & STEPHANIE HUMPHREYS WITH THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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. RHONA SMITH & STEPHANIE HUMPHREYS WITH THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Festival students join with Edinburgh based ensemble Na Clàrsairean …

    £15

    EVENING CONCERT (C08): INGRID HENDERSON & IAIN MACFARLANE WITH MARGARET STEWART / ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL

    George Watson's College 69 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    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. 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 …

    £18