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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 …

    £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 …

    £40

    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 …

    £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 …

    £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 …

    £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 …

    £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 …

    £11

    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 …

    £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 (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 …

    £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 …

    £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

    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 …

    £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 …

    £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. …

    £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

    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 …

    £16

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

    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 …

    £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