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  • Elinor Evans – Borrowing Tunes!

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    As musicians we take inspiration from a variety of resources. This is especially true for the clarsach as most of the old repertoire was lost. Nevertheless, we can recreate “original” music for the harp by borrowing tunes from other traditional instruments such as fiddle or pipes. On this course, Elinor will teach her own arrangements of some of her favourite tunes from Scotland, as well as discussing the sources of the tunes to help you to find new tunes to arrange yourselves.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Esther Swift – Improvising and Composing

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Having had the chance to hone this course online, Esther has found that improvising can be even more liberating in the comfort of your own home. Following a series of riffs and simple tunes, we will be creative together. We will learn simple rhythmic and melodic tricks to help you feel confident and grounded in improvisation and in writing music of your own.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Heather Yule – Exploring ideas for accompanying the spoken word

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Instrumental music, art and dance are all art forms that tell stories without words. Accompanying words – be it a song, a poem or a story – is just an extension of the many ways we strive to convey emotion and a sense of narrative when we play our harps. We will delve into interesting harp techniques and develop them into variations and motifs perfect for weaving with the spoken word. It is great fun to play around with language, rhythm, range, chord textures, tonality, dynamics and tempo of both the spoken word and the music. Often the simplest patterns and ideas are the most effective. 

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Isobel Mieras – Post Beginners

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This course is for those who have had a few lessons, who may be self-taught or who just want to go back to basics. Through simple tunes and a few exercises gently taught we will establish good basic technique to improve tone, while taking care of your hands. We will look at useful time-saving practice tips for those with busy lives and discover how the use of simple chord patterns can make an interesting, musical and successful performance. While written notation will be supplied, there is no requirement to be able to read music to enjoy this course to the full.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Maeve Gilchrist – Advanced Technique

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This workshop is for those who have the fundamentals down but are looking to go deeper into finger dexterity, sound-control and looking to find more ease with the instrument. We will tackle finger-strengthening exercises, jumps, slides and speed-playing techniques across both hands with a focus on breath, weight-distribution and lightness. Think of this as a boot camp for technique and be prepared to try new things, let go of old-hang-ups and get more connected to your instrument.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15

    Patsy Seddon – Exploring Modes through Scottish Tunes

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This is a course for those who tried to untangle modes but just got tied up in knots! We will learn some Scottish traditional tunes and uncover the modes in them and also look at the harmonic possibilities.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Tom Daun – Rural Dance Music in Baroque times

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Only a few years ago a German music scholar discovered fascinating music manuscripts containing dance tunes of the late 18th century. Johann Dahlhoff was a village musician in Westphalia who wrote down hundreds of popular tunes of his time. The repertoire ranges from elegant Baroque Bourrées to stomping rural dances. Many of the melodies are related to French, Dutch, Danish and English tunes of the same time. And all of them sound gorgeous on harp.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15

    Charlotte Petersen – Scottish and Gaelic Tunes

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    A chance to delve into the wonderful repertoire of Scottish and Gaelic melodies. Beautiful Gaelic airs, wonderful waltzes and lively dance tunes arranged with accompaniment to complement and support the melody. Join us for a joyful exploration of some of the loveliest Scottish and Gaelic tunes, both old and new.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Laoise Kelly – Traditional Irish Music

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Traditional Irish tunes taught in a traditional manner. The great wealth of Irish music is an oral tradition, so although written music is supplied in advance, it would be worthwhile to use this opportunity to learn in the oral manner from one of Ireland’s best.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15

    Anne Marie O’Farrell – Love those Levers!

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Expand your lever harp repertoire with some beautiful pieces by J.S.Bach, John Dowland, Henry Purcell and more. We’ll also use Irish tunes that have some great lever flipping too! This course is particularly suitable for you if you like to read music. If you enjoy the challenge of pieces which change key and have plenty of chordal colour, then this is the course for you!

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15