Guide to Course Levels & Teaching Method

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.
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March 2017

Opening Gathering

March 31@7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Concert Series

Free but numbers limited. Tickets will be available on the door only from 6.45pm. Join us for an opening reception and musical gathering featuring cameo performances from some of this year's artists and tutors to start this the 36th EIHF. Come and meet friends old and new.    

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April 2017
£5.00 - £9.00

The Magic of the Harp

April 1@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A special  concert presented by children and young people featuring Anna NicNeacail (Royal National Mod Prizewinner), The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Clarsach Ensemble & children of school age from all over Scotland. You will hear the children play magical music for a story specially written by Heather Yule telling of the adventures of young Lachlan the harper. He travels over land and sea, facing many challenges, to rescue Ciorsdaidh who is being held captive by the Men of the…

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£52.00 - £96.00

Concert Series

April 1@3:00 pm - April 5@10:00 pm

Benefit from a 12% discount when you purchase one ticket for each of the concerts, excluding the Opening Gathering (C1) and Family Ceilidh (C7). Includes: The Magic of the Harp (April 1 @ 3:00 – 4:00pm) Albiez Trio / Adriano & Caterina Sangineto (April 1 @ 7:30 – 10:00pm) Cheryl Ann Fulton / Winner of the Young Composer Award (April 2 @ 3:00 – 4:00pm) Hewat Quartet/ Mairi Chaimbeul & Jenna Moynihan (April 2 @ 7:30 – 10:00pm) Tristan Le Govic Trio / François Pernel (April 3 @ 3:00…

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£7.00 - £14.50

Albiez Trio / Adriano & Caterina Sangineto

April 1@7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Albiez Trio Three of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, Laoise Kelly (harp), Tola Custy (fiddle) and Cormac Breatnach (whistles)  first got together as an ensemble at the 'Celticimes' Celtic music festival in Albiez du Montrond, in the French Alps, 2014. The trio have performed at the ‘Dingle Trad fest’, ‘The William Kennedy Piping festival’ in Armagh, Corsica World music festival, and have recently performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra for the their series of 1916 concerts in the Mansion House,…

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£5.00 - £11.00

Cheryl Ann Fulton / The Winner of the 2016 Young Composer Award

April 2@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

California Celtic Contemporary compositions for Celtic lever harp by composers from California.  Cheryl Ann Fulton along with soprano Susan Rode Morris and students Jennifer Hurley and Catherine Stiles will bring music from the American West to Scotland with compositions inspired by nature, the Arizona desert, the Alaskan wilderness, and the Sierra Nevada mountains as well as by myths and fantasies like The Lord of the Rings. The program will include pieces by Diana Stork, Shira Kammen and from Cheryl’s album…

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£7.00 - £14.50

Corrina Hewat Quartet / Màiri Chaimbeul & Jenna Moynihan

April 2@7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Corrina Hewat Quartet This new grouping came together originally for Penfest 2016 and consists of four eclectic musicians: Corrina Hewat brought up in the Highlands on voice and harps, Kate Young from Borthwick on voice and fiddle, the Young Trad Musician finalist Heather Downie from Dunblane on harps and voice and Signy Jakobsdottir from Iceland originally, with roots in Gamelan, African and Indian drumming, on a delectable array of percussion and voice. The focus in tonight’s show will be Corrina’s…

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£5.00 - £11.00

Tristan Le Govic Trio / François Pernel

April 3@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dañs - Tristan Le Govic Trio Dañs (“Dance” in Breton language) is the new project led by the Breton harpist Tristan Le Govic which mixes traditional pieces in modern and historical styles. The heart of the project is dance music: a Breton An dro flirts with Rock music; a Swedish Polska sounds like a Baroque Passacaglia while traditional songs are rearranged in a lively jazz swing style and newly composed tunes get a deep feeling of old traditional airs. He…

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£4.50 - £8.00

Family Ceilidh with The Occasionals

April 3@8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Dance to the music of Freeland Barbour and The Occasionals. All dances will be called by Sheila McCutcheon, so no one need feel left out and will include those taught in her dance workshop (W5) the previous day.  

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Tea Concert

April 4@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ciorstaidh Beaton Currently studying for an MMus on pedal harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, harpist Ciorstaidh Beaton, from the Isle of Skye, draws upon the many native and diverse musical influences in her clarsach playing. She will present a mix of her own original tunes and a handful of well known tunes of Scotland and Ireland. RCS Harp Party The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s lever harp department has gone from strength to strength in the last few years…

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£7.00 - £14.50

Catrin Finch / Mr. McFall’s Chamber / Gillean McDougall

April 4@7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Catrin Finch is one of the world’s finest harpists. Equally celebrated as a soloist and chamber musician, she is joined in to-night’s concert by Edinburgh based Mr. McFall’s Chamber. The programme will include music by Debussy and Saint Saens, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and a rare chance to hear Andre Caplet’s Conte Fantastique. This work, based on The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, will include text narrated by Gillean McDougall.  

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£5.00 - £9.00

The Festival Orchestra, directed by Isobel Mieras / Pippa Reid Foster / Angelorum, directed by Cheryl Ann Fulton

April 5@3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Festival Orchestra is made up of students attending the Festival and na Clarsairean, the orchestra of the Edinburgh Branch of the Clarsach Society. Together they will perform the suite The Megget Valley, by Isobel Mieras, incorporating new and traditional music, inspired by the turbulent history and peaceful landscape of the Scottish Borders. Pippa Reid Foster will play compositions featured in her debut album Driftwood Harp. Creating these pieces, some in traditional idiom and others more abstract in form, has…

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£7.00 - £14.50

Rachel Hair Trio / Diego Laverde Rojas

April 5@7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Rachel Hair Trio Renowned for its strong melodies, earthy songs and majestic instrumental flair ,and driven by the dynamic playing of Highland harpist and composer Rachel Hair, the Rachel Hair Trio is completed by elegant double bass from Cameron Maxwell and strong rhythm and vocals from singer-guitarist Jenn Butterworth. They have released two well received albums the most recent being the aptly titled Trì (Gaelic for three). “Three stringed instruments expertly balanced with each other, finely contrasting in tone and bursting with…

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