sePTeMber 2014 - Edinburgh International Harp Festival

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sePTeMber 2014 - Edinburgh International Harp Festival
Edinburgh
International
Harp
Festival
4-9 April 2014
Why settle for a plain harp�
when you can have a Pilgrim harp?�
WELCOME
FÀILTE
Welcome to the 33rd Festival where you can enjoy
traditional harp music from many parts of the
world, including Brittany, Germany, Paraguay, and
Wales. Each year we plan to feature a Celtic Nation.
In order to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014
we’ve turned the spotlight on the host nation.
There’s traditional and contemporary music and
also collaborations between performers from
Scotland and other countries. Concerts such as
The Hall of the Chieftain will feature Scottish and
Gaelic music. A dancing theme threads its way
through the concerts, workshops and courses
in delightfully contrasting forms. As well as the
customary Ceilidh Dance there’s Breton, baroque,
percussion and bellydance.
The new programme format was popular and
has been retained. An alternative range of classes,
workshops and seminars are scheduled on Monday.
We’re delighted to work in partnership with
Drake Music Scotland and a new commission will
be performed by a talented ensemble including
disabled musicians. Another exciting new feature
is a short course to encourage potential or novice
harp teachers.
The Harpmakers Exhibition provides endless hours
of browsing and a unique shopping experience for
those seeking anything and everything harp related.
We are grateful to the exhibitors for their continued
support and to all our generous sponsors as well as
those who have made individual donations.
I look forward to meeting you all and to welcoming
our distinguished Festival guest Professor Edward
Witsenburg.
Mary Scott,
Festival Co-ordinator
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Pilgrim Harps, Stansted House,�
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Surrey RH9 8NA�
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Edinburgh
International
Harp
Festival
Hon Secretary of
The Clarsach Society
Fàilte chun 33mh Fèis far am faigh sibh toileachas
bho bhith ag èisteachd ri ceòl traidiseanta na
clàrsaich à iomadach pàirt den t-saoghal nam measg
A’ Bhreatainn Bhig, A’ Ghearmailt, Paraguay, agus
a’ Chuimrigh. Gach bliadhna bidh sinn a’ feuchainn
ri àite a thoirt dha dùthaich Ceilteach. Gus Tilleadh
Dhachaigh na h-Alba 2014 a chomharrachadh tha
sinn air aire shònraichte a thoirt air an dùthaich
aoigheachd againn fhìn. Tha ceòl traidiseanta agus
co-aimsireil againn agus cuideachd co-obrachadh
eadar chluicheadairean à Alba agus à dùthchannan
eile. Ann an cuirmean leithid Talla a’ Chinn-feadhna
gheibhear ceòl Albannach is Gàidhlig. Tha tèama
dannsa a’ ruith tro nan cuirmean, nam bùthanobrach is nan cùrsaichean ann an cruthan a tha
iomsgarach is dòigheil. A bharrachd air an Dannsa
Cèilidh àbhaisteach tha ceòl Breatannach, Baroque,
Faramachd agus Dannsa Mionach.
Chòrd an cruth prògraim ùr ri daoine agus mar sin
chaidh a chumail. Gheibhear raon eile de chlasaichean,
bhùthan-obrach is cho-labhairtean
air a’ chlàr Diluain.
Tha sinn toilichte a bhith a’ co-obrachadh le “Drake
Music Scotland” agus thèid coimisean ùr a chluich le
còmhlan tàlantach, nam measg luchd-ciùil ciorramach.
Is e feart ùr inntinneach eile a th’againn cùrsa goirid
airson feadhainn a tha a’ miannachadh teagasg na
clàrsaich ionnsachadh, a bhrosnachadh.
Aig Taisbeanadh Luchd-dèanaidh Chlàrsaichean
faodar uairean a-thìde a chaitheamh a’ coimhead
agus a’ feuchainn ionnstramaidean agus tha cothrom
ceannach ann air stuth sam bith co-cheangailte ri
clàrsach. Tha sinn ann an eisimeil luchd-tasibeanaidh
airson cho taiceil sa tha iad agus airson gach cuid
buidhnean-maoineachaidh agus daoine fa-leth a
thug taic-airgid seachad.
Tha mi a’ coimhead air adhart ri ur coinneachadh
agus ri bhith a’ cuir fàilte air ar n-aoigh ainmeil aig
an Fhèis, an t-Àrd Ollamh Eideard Witsenburg.
Màiri Scott, Co-òrdanaiche na Fèis
Rùnaire Urr. Comunn na Clàrsaich
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THE CLARSACH SOCIETY
COMUNN NA CLÀRSAICH
Highland Branch
Isle of Lewis Branch
North East
Scotland Branch
EDINBURGH Branch
The Clarsach Society is the organisation that underpins
the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. Established
in 1931 at the close of the National Mòd in Dingwall,
the founding principle of the Society - to advance the
clarsach and its music, and to preserve its place in
the national life of Scotland - is still at the heart of
what we do today:
Branches
There are twelve regional branches of the
Society across the UK and one special interest
Wire Branch. Branches meet regularly to share
music, plan workshops, or other events that
meet the needs and enthusiasm of members
in each area.
Harp hire
Members can hire good quality instruments
at an affordable monthly rental. Through this
scheme, some of the best-known performers
and teachers - many of whom feature in
the Festival - were enabled to take their
first steps in successful careers.
Young Composer Award Award Award
To encourage the development of new
music for the clarsach, the Society administers
an annual award for young composers aged
between 16 and 25. The prize is £500 plus the
opportunity to premiere the composition at EIHF.
This year’s Young Composer will be announced,
their piece performed and the award presented at
the closing concert on Wednesday, 9 April (p. 20).
Annual scholarship
Our annual scholarship is designed to benefit
and encourage promising players at all levels
who have limited resources. The scholarship
can be used towards the cost of tuition or
instrument hire.
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Wire Branch
Argyll Branch
Glasgow Branch
Dumfries and
Galloway
Branch
National Office
Northumbrian Branch
Transpennine
(Yorkshire & NoRthern
England) Branch
Wales Branch
Bristol & West of
England Branch
Tuition support
To facilitate learning in areas where there is a lack
of formal tuition, the Society supports branches by
contributing to the cost of tutors’ travel. In a new
initiative, delivered as part of the Festival, the Society
is supporting FREE courses and workshops designed
to encourage competent players to take the next
steps in sharing their knowledge and skill so they
may supplement tuition in these areas and beyond
(pp. 28 & 34).
International Pan Celtic Festival
To celebrate and strengthen our cultural links with
Celtic peoples, the Society nominates and supports
a clarsach player to represent Scotland at the
International Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland.
London & South East Branch
The Royal National Mòd
Since the establishment of the Society at the close
of the National Mòd in 1931, we have continued to
work with the Mòd to offer a wide range of clarsach
competitions and produce a folio of prescribed music
and guidance for competitors each year.
During the Festival, you’ll find members of the Society
at our Information Desk located in the café. Open daily
between 9am and 5pm, we’d be happy to introduce you to
the Society and answer any of your questions.
Jennifer Port, Convenor of The Clarsach
Society, invites everyone attending this
year’s festival to meet the committee
and branch members at our Opening
Gathering on Friday, 4 April at 7:00pm.
We hope to see you there.
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OUR SUPPORTERS
Homecoming
LUCHD-CUIDEACHAIDH
EIHF gratefully acknowledges the continuing
support received from Camac Harps, Holywell
Music, Jack Hayward Insurance, Pilgrim Harps,
City of Edinburgh Council, Creative Scotland, An
Comunn Gàidhealach, Ardival Harps, Celtic Music
Radio, Harps North West, Peter Green & Co., Solway
Harps and branches of The Clarsach Society.
It is also with great pleasure that we are joined
by additional sponsors, supporters and partners in
2014 including, Drake Music Scotland, Tim Hampson
and Telynau Teifi.
The Clarsach Society and EIHF also wish to thank
the countless number of friends and volunteers
who help us along the way.
Principal Sponsors
In this year of Homecoming, our featured nation is
Scotland. We welcome home widely-travelled Scottish
harpers Catriona MacKay, Alison Kinnaird, Mary
Macmaster and Patsy Seddon (Sileas), Rachel Newton,
Maeve Gilchrist and also Fraya Thomsen and Gillian
Fleetwood (The Duplets).
Edinburgh
International
Harp
Festival
Dance
4-9 April 2014
We explore the special relationship between harp and
dance - Baroque with Andrew Lawrence-King and
percussive/improvisation with Maeve Gilchrist and Nic
Gareiss. There will also be the chance to dance different
styles, including, Breton, bellydance and ceilidh dance.
Festival outreach
With support from the City of Edinburgh Council, we
have been able to bring Catriona McKay and harp
student, Ada Francis together in an informal Mentoring
Scheme, which aims to provide the opportunity for an
inspired and fruitful collaboration between a brilliant,
experienced performer and a talented young player.
Edinburgh Branch
New Music
Funders
Don’t miss the chance in Wednesday afternoon’s
concert to hear the premier of a unique and
exciting new piece composed by Fiona Rutherford.
Commissioned by EIHF in partnership with Drake
Music Scotland, it combines acoustic sound with
music technology in the hands of disabled
musicians and harp ensembles (p. 19).
Media Partner
Help for new teachers
Celtic Music Radio, Scotland’s leading music
station, will be providing pre-festival coverage
and broadcasting highlights of this year’s Festival.
Available to listen online at www.celticmusicradio.net
and on 1530AM across Glasgow.
Sponsors, Supporters and Partners
Branches of The Clarsach Society
An Comunn Gàidhealach
Ardival Harps
Drake Music Scotland
Harps North West
Peter Green & Co.
Solway Harps
Tim Hampson
Telynau Teifi
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Glasgow
London & South East
Northumbrian
Transpennine
Wales Branch
Supporting
We know there are folk out there who would
make excellent teachers or harp group leaders,
and we aim to encourage and fill them with
confidence. In a FREE weekend course,
Dare to teach, Isobel Mieras and Wendy
Stewart share long experience and
gently invite you to explore your
teaching potential (p. 28).
Seminars and forum
for all teachers
With so many wonderful teachers
joining us at the Festival, take the
chance of a great meeting of
minds at Monday’s FREE series
(p. 34).
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How to Book
Contact us
Tickets for all events can be purchased through Hub Tickets.
If there is anything you’re not
sure about, give us a call on
+44 (0) 131 554 0212 or
email [email protected]
• Online: www.harpfestival.co.uk
• By telephone: +44 (0)131 473 2000
(Monday - Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm)
• By post or in person: Hub Tickets,
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE
Please note: a transaction fee of £1 will be added to all
advance bookings. Payment can be made by all major
credit cards (except Diners).
Tickets can be delivered to the Festival Office and be
available for collection on arrival at Merchiston. If you prefer
your tickets to be posted to you, this will incur an additional
charge of £0.80 per order.
During the Festival, tickets for all events may be purchased,
subject to availability, from the Festival Box Office at
Merchiston.
Concession tickets
EIHF aims to be open, accessible and affordable to all.
Concessions are available for certain events – ticket price in
ORANGE - on event listing.
Available to:
• Under 18s • Full-time students • Unwaged • People over 60 •
Disabled people and companions. • EIHF Participants*
*People who have booked a course costing £62 at EIHF 2014.
Ticket discounts
Young people
Under 16s can enjoy up to 50% off on selected concerts.
Ticket price RED on event listing.
Concert series
Benefit from a 12% discount when you purchase one ticket for
each of the concerts excluding the Opening Gathering (C1),
Heather Yule’s Storywalk (C2, C3) and the ceilidh with Bella
McNab’s Dance Band (C9).
Ticket prices: £106 (full) • £94 (conc.) • £56 (U16s)
For queries about course levels
please call Isobel Mieras on
+44 (0)131 445 2022.
HARPMAKERS’ EXHIBITION
LUCHD-DÈANAIDH CHLÀRSAICHEAN
During the Festival there will be an exhibition of
harps made in the UK and overseas. This offers an
opportunity to try instruments made by different
makers and perhaps even to purchase or rent a harp.
In addition there will be music, CDs and harp-related
goodies on sale.
Exhibition Opening Hours:
Saturday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Monday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 12 noon
During the festival you can
reach us on +44 (0) 7794792951
EIHF is very grateful to all exhibitors who create such
an exciting event. Further information on exhibitors
is available from our website www.harpfestival.co.uk
and will also be made available at the Festival.
KEEP IN TOUCH
At the time of publication the following have reserved space at the Exhibition:
Keep in touch and join us online.
You can link directly to all online
activity from our website homepage
www.harpfestival.co.uk
ACCUSOUND
www.accusound.com
KILLARNEY HARPS
AFFAIRS OF THE HARP
CLIVE MORLEY HARPS LTD
YOUTUBE
Watch great videos of Festival
happenings and interviews.
BLOG
Read behind-the-scenes chat and
guest writings on the Festival blog.
Some exhibitors may not be present throughout the
Festival and some may amend their opening times
so please check this with them.
www.killarneyharps.com
www.affairsoftheharp.com
www.morleyharps.com
ALAW MUSIC
MARK NORRIS HARPS
www.alawmusic.com
www.norrisharps.com
ARDIVAL HARPS
MICHAEL PARFETT CONSERVATION STUDIOS
www.ardival.com
www.michaelparfett.com
CREIGHTON’S COLLECTION
PILGRIM HARPS
www.cccd.co.uk
www.pilgirmharps.co.uk
FACEBOOK
Hear about the latest news and
updates and share your experience
with other Harp Festival fans.
EARLY GAELIC HARP EMPORIUM
SALOPIAN STRINGS
[email protected]
www.silverspearinstruments.co.uk
TWITTER
Follow us on Twitter for up-to-theminute news and share your views
about events.
TIM HAMPSON HARPMAKER
STARFISH DESIGNS
www.earlygaelicharp.info
www.salopianstrings.co.uk
PETE GRASSBY, THE MELODEON REPAIRER
SILVER SPEAR, HARPS AND DULCIMERS
www.harpmaker.eu
www.starfishdesigns.co.uk
JACK HAYWARD INSURANCE
TELYNAU TEIFI
www.JackHayward.co.uk
www.welsh-harps.com
HOLYWELL MUSIC
TELYNAU VINING HARPS
www.holywellmusic.co.uk
www.camacharps.co.uk
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ HARP FOUNDATION
www.jazzharp.org
Group bookings
We are delighted to offer a 12% discount on bookings of
8 people or more.
Safety Notice: To reduce the chance of instruments being damaged, please DO NOT bring shoulder bags, rucksacks and similar objects into the Exhibition areas.
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FRIDAY 4 APRIL
THE QUEST AND THE RETURN THROUGH
DANGEROUS LANDS OF MUSIC AND ENCHANTMENT
OPENING
GATHERING
STORYWALK AND COME AND TRY HARP SESSIONS
C1 • MEMORIAL HALL • 7.00PM - 10.00PM
SATURDAY 5 AND SUNDAY 6 APRIL
Free but numbers limited so tickets will be available
on the door only from 6.45pm.
Join Heather Yule, spellbinding storyteller and harper,
on a mystery storywalk around Merchiston Castle campus.
Through story, riddles and rhymes we will journey on a
magical quest to discover the key to happiness. Then, after
many puzzles are unlocked and we find our way safely
through the enchanted lands, we will return victorious
to the Stronghold of the Harpers. The storywalk ends
with a come-and-try session where you will have the
chance to try the harps and learn a
simple tune. A fun, entertaining
and participatory event.
Join us for an opening reception and musical
gathering featuring short performances by some
of this year’s artists and tutors, interspersed with
the music of one of Scotland’s finest accordionists,
Freeland Barbour. Come and meet friends old and
new, and ceilidh into EIHF 2014.
Note: Wine will be served at the reception
and bottled water available to purchase at the
gathering. The Festival Corner Room bar will
open early at 9:00pm.
20%
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C2a C3a C2b C3b
Theatre
£9 (one accompanying adult goes free)
C2a Saturday 5 April 10am – 11am
(5 – 8 years old)
C3a Saturday 5 April 2.15pm – 3.15pm
(9 – 14 years old)
C2b Sunday 6 April 10am – 11am
(5 – 8 years old)
C3b Sunday 6 April 2.15pm – 3.15pm
(9 – 14 years old)
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Peter Green & Co
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SATURDAY 5 APRIL
SATURDAY 5 APRIL
SIÂN JAMES
BLAS AR GYMRU / A FLAVOUR OF CYMRU
HALL OF THE CHIEFTAIN
WITH JOHN PURSER
CLOTILDE TROUILLAUD
BLAZ EUS BREIZH / A FLAVOUR OF BRITTANY
C4 • MEMORIAL HALL • 3.00PM - 4.00PM • £11.00 • £9.00 • £5.00
Siân will perform a programme of traditional Welsh
songs sung to her own harp accompaniment,
presented in her own unique style. During her
performance you will learn about ‘llatai’ or
messenger songs; hear examples of Welsh
macaronic songs and tongue twisters and be
mesmerised by the beauty of her arrangements
and voice.
C5 • MEMORIAL HALL • 7.30PM - 10.00PM • £14.50 • £12.50 • £7.00
Clotilde presents music from her native Brittany,
an area of rich Celtic culture. Since 1998, Clotilde
has been a major player in the Breton scene often
collaborating with musicians to create works for
festivals including Fest-Noz (Night Parties), which
always feature dancing, a theme of this year’s EIHF.
Clotilde also plays with the trio Fileuses de Nuit
(Night Spinners) but today we will have the
pleasure of hearing her solo.
With a star line-up, John Purser presents an
evening in the Chieftain’s Hall.
Alison Kinnaird, Allan MacDonald, Bill Taylor,
Christine Primrose, Mary Macmaster and Patsy
Seddon (Sileas) and Steve Byrne step back to
the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to rediscover
the spellbinding music that was performed for
monarchs and clan chieftains in some of our
greatest castles.
Epic song and Fenian Lay, ancient lament, music of
praise and music of love, will transport you back in
time and even into myth. We will honour the rich
tapestry of Scotland’s music, from east and west,
north and south, from Angus to the Hebrides, from
Unst to the Borders - all as it might have been heard
by some of the leading characters in our history.
Emphasising the leading role of the clarsach, this
is a rare chance to experience a truly authentic
world, with ballad and song in Scots and Gaelic,
accompanied by clarsach and pipes, and with
instrumental solos, ranging from pìobaireachd
to dance.
Supported by:
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Supported by:
Harps North West
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SUNDAY 6 APRIL
SUNDAY 6 APRIL
ANDREW LAWRENCE-KING
IN A HEAVENLY WAY –
EVA CURTH WITH
EDWARD WITSENBURG
BAROQUE TRIPLE HARP AND STEVEN PLAYER:
BAROQUE GUITAR AND DANCER
MAEVE GILCHRIST AND NIC GAREISS
C6 • MEMORIAL HALL • 3.00PM - 4.00PM • £11.00 • £9.00 • £5.00
C7 • MEMORIAL HALL • 7.30PM - 10.00PM • £14.50 • £12.50 • £7.00
German virtuoso harpist, Eva Curth, combines many
influences in her colourful way of playing. She easily
connects genres and styles and will present pieces
from J.S. Bach, Marcel Tournier, Bernard Andrès and
Carlos Salzedo. In the second half of the concert
she will be delighted to play in duo with her former
teacher, the great harpist Edward Witsenburg.
They will perform works by John Thomas, Anne
Macdearmid and some Sunday afternoon surprises!
Andrew Lawrence-King and Steven Player of “The
Harp Consort” present Chorégraphie, music for Louis
XIV’s dancing masters as published by Raoul Auger
Feuillet in 1700. Hear some of Jean Baptiste Lully’s
grandest orchestral pieces, including the famous
Passacaille from Armide, arranged for solo harp.
See the dances as performed at the court of the
“Sun King,” who himself played heroic roles and witty
grotesques in masques and ballets. Chorégraphie
is one of the crowning achievements of the French
Baroque.
Supported by:
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Supported by:
Michigan born percussive-dancer, Nic Gareiss and
Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching
at the Shasta Fiddle Camp in Northern California.
They continued their musical relationship with
spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance
meetings and later toured together as part of Darol
Anger’s band, The Furies. At Celtic Connections in
Glasgow this year, Nic and Maeve made their debut
performance as a duo to great acclaim and have
been picking up steam with the show ever since.
Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and
culture while drawing on contemporary elements
of music, dance, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and
Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic
scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion
and drive of Nic’s footwork combined with Maeve’s
melodic and improvisational sensibilities make
for an explosive duet that delights both the ears
and the eyes.
Edinburgh Branch
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MONDAY 7 APRIL
MONDAY 7 APRIL
NORTH ATLANTIC TRIO
THE DUPLETS
FAMILY CEILIDH
WITH BELLA MCNAB’S DANCE BAND
C8 • THEATRE • 7.00PM - 8.15PM • £11.00 • £9.00 • £5.00
North Atlantic Trio combine Scottish, Irish, oldtime Appalachian and bluegrass music with their
own original compositions in a unique cross-genre
bricolage. Formed around a fireplace in Glasgow,
this unusual marriage of harp, dobro and esoteric
percussion has been warmly received by audiences
at festivals throughout Europe and across Scotland.
The trio recently released their debut album,
Some Part of Something, which has been critically
acclaimed as a “flawless coming together of crossgenre, mixed influence, multicultural music…sublimely
melodic and intensely gorgeous” (Folkwords.com).
C9 • MEMORIAL HALL • 8.15PM - 11.00PM • £8.00 • £4.50
The Duplets are looking forward to playing in the
always-fantastic Harp Festival atmosphere. Gillian
Fleetwood and Fraya Thomsen’s shared passion for
music, ancient and modern, finds expression in their
Scottish harp and song duo, The Duplets. Much in
demand for workshops and commissions as well as
performances across the USA, UK and Europe they
are often lauded for note-perfect flair and musical
poise. “The Duplets showcase the instrument’s
versatility to spellbinding effect” (The Scotsman).
Supported by:
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Bella McNab’s Dance Band will lead you through
dances from Scotland and beyond, guided by their
caller, with swingy sounds of multiple fiddles, guitar
and double bass, playing reels, jigs, marches and
waltzes.
Get some advance practice at the Ceilidh Dance
workshop with Annabelle Oates (W8, see page 33
for details).
Glasgow Branch
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TUESDAY 8 APRIL
AN AUDIENCE WITH
EDWARD WITSENBURG
TUESDAY 8 APRIL
TEA CONCERT
ELINOR EVANS / ADA FRANCIS /
LENA LOZANO
C10 • THEATRE • 11.00AM - 12.00PM • £9.00 • £5.00
What was the life of a harpist like sixty years ago?
Who was Rosa Spier and what about her role in
the Dutch musical scene during the last century?
What has been Phia Berghout’s importance as
a harp pedagogue?
The First Harp Contest in Israel in 1959. What did it
bring about in the international harp world?
The teaching of the eminent harpist and composer
Marcel Grandjany.
These questions – and others - will be answered
during the informal talk, An Audience with Edward
Witsenburg. All the above-mentioned musicians and
musical events have had a profound and lasting
influence on Witsenburg’s development
as a professional harpist.
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C11 • CAFÉ • 3.00PM - 4.00PM • £11.50
This year’s ever popular concert features three fine,
young harp players, two from Scotland and one
from France.
Elinor won The Clarsach Society Young Composer
Award with her piece The River’s Journey, which she
premiered at EIHF 2013. Currently a final year student
at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she is already
building a reputation as a popular solo performer.
Ada has been surrounded by music since her birth.
Born into a family of musicians she took up the
clarsach at the age of six with Isobel Mieras. Ada is
an emerging talent whose playing demonstrates a
sureness of touch and sensitivity that belies
her years.
Lena grew up near Quimper in Brittany and was
introduced to the Celtic harp by Marin L’Hopiteau.
Her love of traditional Breton music and dance is
evident in her beautiful performances. She plays in
several bands and sometimes plays with Galician
gaita player Carlos Nuñez.
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TUESDAY 8 APRIL
WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL
THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
DIRECTED BY ISOBEL MIERAS
FEATURING A SPECIAL COMMISSION FROM FIONA RUTHERFORD
WITH RHONA SMITH, AMY MOAR AND GEORGE WATSON’S COLLEGE ENSEMBLE
LAMMERMUIR HARPS
SIXTO CORBALÁN, ARPA PARAGUAYA CONTEMPORÁNEA
CATRIONA MCKAY AND OLOV JOHANSSON,
SCOTTISH HARP AND SWEDISH NYCKELHARPA
DIRECTED BY HEATHER YULE
MOD 2013 PRIZE-WINNER MAIRI-LOUISE MACDONALD
C12 • MEMORIAL HALL • 7.30PM - 10.00PM • £14.50 • £12.50 • £7.00
Sixto is a powerful and expressive player of the
Paraguayan harp. From a young age he has been
learning from the masters, acquiring the knowledge
and techniques that gave him the wings to fly with
his music. The most notable technique is the use
of two “keys” (llaves) on the left hand, introduced
by Nicolas Caballero, which allow the harp to be
played chromatically. While developing a fresh
style of arranging traditional Paraguayan music,
his constant search for renewal and expansion
is also reflected in his own compositions.
Taking his music beyond the borders of his own
country with tours in America, Asia and Europe,
Sixto is giving new vitality to traditional rhythms,
mixing them up with other genres and achieving
in this way to position the Paraguayan folk music
within today´s path of world music.
Catriona & Olov met in 2002 when Väsen and
Fiddlers’ Bid shared a concert in Stockholm. A new
sound was experienced that had to be explored
further! They have toured extensively in recent
years with their unique collaboration of Scottish
harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. The two harpers
have developed a common core which gives
rise to melodic richness and engaging interplay.
Two evolved musicians who combine experience
of different traditions with an instinct to find and
expose the sounds that allow their harp shaped
music to energise and inspire.
“…utterly reshapes our perception of the instruments’
potential… A radiant excursion into uncharted
terrain.” (Irish Times)
C13 • MEMORIAL HALL • 3.00PM - 4.00PM • £9.00 • £5.00
The concert will feature the premiere performance
of Fiona Rutherford’s unique new composition,
commissioned by the Edinburgh International Harp
Festival in partnership with Drake Music Scotland.
This inclusive, yet flexible piece, created for two
disabled musicians, small harp ensemble and larger
harp orchestra, explores the sound world and texture
of the Scottish Harp through acoustic instruments
and music technology. Using a combination of
standard and new notation methods, it will aim
to break boundaries and inspire.
Lammermuir Harps is a small harp ensemble of
mixed ages based around East Lothian. They will
present a selection of traditional tunes arranged
by Heather Yule.
Mod prize winner, Mairi-Louise MacDonald from
Skye will play traditional Gaelic airs and dances.
(supported by An Comunn Gàidhealach)
In partnership with Drake Music Scotland.
The Festival Orchestra and members of na
Clarsairean, the orchestra of the Edinburgh Branch
of The Clarsach Society will perform a new suite
incorporating new and traditional music by
Isobel Mieras.
Supported by:
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WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL
RACHEL NEWTON
AND THE SHEE
LATE NIGHT SESSIONS
SEISEANAN ANMOCH
WINNING ENTRY 2013 YOUNG COMPOSER AWARD
C14 • MEMORIAL HALL • 7.30PM - 10.00PM • £14.50 • £12.50 • £7.00
Festival Corner Room (Chalmers West)
Our late night sessions ensure there is even more music
to enjoy after our evening concerts. A different musician
leads the session each night and everyone is welcome to
join in – bring your harp along or any other instrument,
or just relax with a nightcap whilst soaking up the
atmosphere.
This year we’re releasing a different tune each
month, available to download from our website
(www.harpfestival.co.uk), so you have plenty of
time to build your late night repertoire. This tune
will get you started.
LUNCHTIME OPEN
PLATFORM
ÀRD-ÙRLAR AIG ÀM BIDH
12noon – 2pm daily.
Want to share your talents with us in an informal
atmosphere?
To sign up for a 10 minute slot in our
Lunchtime Open Platform, visit The Clarsach
Society information desk located in the café.
The Shee are a six-piece ensemble featuring
electroharp, accordion, fiddles, mandolin and
flute with three strong lead vocalists and clog
dancing. Without the usual percussion or guitar
as backing instruments, the band find innovative
new arrangement techniques to produce an
individual sound that sets them apart from
the rest.
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Rachel Newton, singer and harpist in The Shee, will
perform a solo set with music from her debut album,
The Shadow Side, as well as some material from her
New Voices commission and soon to be released
second album Changeling.
The winner of The Clarsach Society Young Composer
Award 2013 will be announced, their piece performed
and the prize presented.
COURSES
GUIDE TO COURSE LEVELS
AND TEACHING METHOD
STIÙIREADH MU ÌREAN CÙRSA AGUS MODH TEAGAISG
Please read very carefully the guidelines to course
descriptions and standards.
It is essential that you book appropriate courses – for
your satisfaction, for the success of your course and the
sanity of our tutors! If in ANY DOUBT, please check with
your teacher or call us for advice about levels (+44 (0)131
445 2022). Please note that this number is to be used
only for advice about courses – bookings must be made
via Hub Tickets (www.hubtickets.co.uk) or see page 6
for full details).
Most courses start on Saturday, 5 April and run for four
days: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There
are also two weekend only courses of two sessions a
day, and one special weekend course for teachers of
two sessions each day. There are three 2-day courses:
Tuesday, Wednesday.
Beginners’ courses for children run for three days:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Each class will last 1½ hours, or as otherwise stated
in the course description.
As last year we offer four longer “one off” classes on
Monday These will last for 2½ hours.
Elementary: You can already perform simple tunes,
require further help in consolidating basic
technique and wish to work slowly and
Levels and standards: before choosing courses please
carefully.
read course descriptions carefully.
Elementary/Intermediate: As Elementary but you feel
Harps are provided for beginner courses only. For all
ready to stretch your boundaries.
other courses, participants must bring their own harp,
Intermediate:You already have good technique and can
stool and music stand.
work at a moderate pace.
What we mean by:
Intermediate/Advanced: As Intermediate, but you are
Beginner: You have no experience of playing the harp. ready and willing to work at a faster pace.
Post-beginner: You took last year’s beginners’ class, have Advanced: Your technique is good and you wish to
had relatively few lessons and/or require
work at a good pace to stretch yourself.
help with basic technique.
Mixed abilities: For all levels, except Beginner.
Cost: 4-day courses £62, shorter courses pro rata –
see course descriptions for details.
COURSE TIMETABLE
CODE LEVEL
TUTOR
TOPIC
METHODTIME
CODE LEVEL
FOUR DAY COURSES - SATURDAY, SUNDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
T2
Beginners
Helen Macleod
Adult beginners
E+M
T3
Beginners
John MacDonald
Ùlpan - Gaelic language
Post-beginner
Christine Edwards
Adults
E+M
T4
T5
Elementary
Rachel Newton
Scottish for 5-11 yrs
E+M
T6
Elementary
Clotilde Trouillaud
Breton music
E+M
T7
Elementary
Karen Marshalsay
Introduction to pibroch on
E+M
wire-strung harp
T8
Elementary
Wendy Stewart
Scottish
E+M
T9
Elementary
Sixto Corbalán
Traditional and contemporary
M+E
Paraguayan music
T10
Elem/Intermediate Christine Edwards
Popular music on the harp
E+M
T11
Elem/Intermediate Eva Curth
Pedal harp: knowledge, tricks and
M+E
new possibilities
T12
Elem/Intermediate Siân James
Welsh traditional tunes/Alawon fy ngwlad M+ E
T13
Elem/Intermediate Maeve Gilchrist
Independent hands
E+M
T14
Intermediate
Eva Curth
Traditional German music
M+E
T15
Intermediate
Catriona McKay
Catriona explores more top tunes
E+M
M+E
T16Intermediate Andrew Lawrence-King Playford’s country dances
T17
Intermediate
Siân James
Singing and playing -- at the same time M+E
T18
Intermediate
Corrina Hewat
Stonking Scottish Tunes E+M
T19
Intermediate
Bill Taylor
The music of Rory Dall for
M
wire-strung clarsach
T20
Intermediate
Alison Kinnaird
Scottish
E+M
T21
Intermediate/
Sixto Corbalán
Traditional and contemporary
M+E
Advanced
Paraguayan music
T22
Intermediate/
Clotilde Trouillaud
Breton
E+M
Advanced
T23
Intermediate/
Corrina Hewat
Making your own Music E+M
Advanced
T24
Intermediate/
Anne Macdearmid
Music from the Highlands and Islands
M
Advanced
T25
Advanced
Maeve Gilchrist
Improvisation in Folk Music E+M
T26Advanced Andrew Lawrence-King The noble art of French Baroque dance M+E
T27
Mixed Abilities
Rachel Newton
For young people aged 12 to 17 years E+M
T28
Mixed Abilities
Wendy Stewart
Song and Harp
E+M
T29
Mixed Abilities
Isobel Mieras
Festival Orchestra M+E
T30
Mixed Abilities
Eddie McGuire
Composition
M+E
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TUTOR
TOPIC
METHODTIME
WEEKEND COURSES - SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
1.00 - 2.30
4.30 - 6.00
1.00 - 2.30
9.00 - 10.30
1.00 - 2.30
4.30 - 6.00
1.00 - 2.30
4.30 - 6.00
9.00 - 10.30
9.00 - 10.30
4.30 - 6.00
1.00 - 2.30
4.30 - 6.00
1.00 - 2.30
9.00 - 10.30
9.00 - 10.30
1.00 - 2.30
9.00 - 10.30
9.00 - 10.30
1.00 - 2.30
9.00 - 10.30
T31
Elementary
Rachel Hair
Manx tunes
E+M
T32
Intermediate/
Gillian Fleetwood
Arranging in different ways E+M
Advanced
and Fraya Thomsen
T33
Mixed Abilities
Isobel Mieras and
Dare to be a teacher! Wendy Stewart
THREE DAY COURSES - MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
T1a
T1b
Beginner
Beginner
Heather Yule
Heather Yule
4.30 - 6.00
1.00 - 2.30
1.00 - 2.30
4.30 - 6.00
1.00 - 2.30
4.30 - 6.00
Child beginners 5 - 8 years
Child beginners 9 - 14 years
9.00 - 10.00
10.10 - 11.10
MONDAY COURSES
T34
Elementary
T35
Elementary
T36Advanced
T37
Intermediate/
Advanced
Catriona McKay
Catriona’s top tunes
Wendy Stewart
Slow sessions
Andrew Lawrence-King Il Corago: Action, Action, Action!
and Steven Player
Maeve Gilchist
Dancing and playing the tune and Nic Gareiss
E+M
E+M
M
9.15 - 11.45
2.15 - 4.45
9.15 - 11.45
M+E
2.15 - 4.45
E+M
E+M
E+M
4.30 - 6.00
9.00 - 10.30
1.00 - 2.30
TWO DAY COURSES - TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
T38
T39
T40
Elementary
Intermediate
Mixed Abilities
Patsy Seddon
Helen Macleod
Cheyenne Brown
Learning by ear for the terrified
How to practise!
Bluegrass
COME AND TRY…….
4.30 - 6.00
1.00 - 2.30
1.00 - 2.30 and
4.30 - 6.00
9.00 - 10.30 and
4.30 - 6.00
9.00 - 10.30
T41a
T41b
T42a
T42b
T43a
T43b
Karen Marshalsay
Bill Taylor
Kathy Stewart
Kathy Stewart
Jane Bentley
Jane Bentley
Wire-strung clarsach
Wire-strung clarsach
Ukulele
Ukulele
Percussion
Percussion
Sat 9.00 - 10.30
Sun 4.30 - 6.00
Sat 1.00 - 2.30
Sun 9.00 - 10.30
Sat 4.30 - 6.00
Sun 1.00 - 2.30
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COURSES
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS & FEES
MÌNEACHADH CÙRSA IS COSGAISEAN
TEACHING METHOD
E teaching will be by ear with no written music
given out
E+Mteaching will be by ear with written music given
out during or at the end of the class or course
M
teaching will be from written music
M+Ewritten music will be given at the start of each
course. Teaching methods will be sympathetic to
all levels of skill in reading/assimilating music
BEGINNERS
Child beginners
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1 hour session each day.
T1a • 5 - 8 years • 9:00am • Heather Yule • £30
T1b • 9 - 14 years • 10:10am • Heather Yule • £30
Come along and have some fun on the harp. Learn a
few easy tunes, how to play chords and discover some
exciting musical sounds. A perfect introduction to this
versatile instrument.
FOUR DAY COURSES
Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday:
1½ hours each day.
No session on Monday.
Adult beginners
T2 • 1:00pm • E+M • Helen Macleod • £62
Don’t be afraid! Come along to a friendly beginners class
and learn to play some simple and fun tunes. With a
generous helping of technique, this class should provide
a solid foundation to any aspiring new harpist.
Ùlpan - Gaelic language course for beginners
T3 • 4:30pm • John N. MacDonald • £62
A set of four classes on Scottish Gaelic language for
beginners. The classes will be delivered by a native
Gaelic speaker with an emphasis on the spoken
language.
POST BEGINNERS
Adult post-beginners
T4 • 1:00pm • E+M • Christine Edwards • £62
This class is intended for those who have attended a
beginners’ class, or are in the early stages of learning
the harp. We will focus on developing correct technique
and how to use practice sessions most effectively to
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aid progression. We will build a repertoire of some easy
tunes – from old to new, traditional to popular – and will
also investigate chords and some fun accompaniments
for playing together. From the very first steps of playing
the harp, Christine will make sure this class is set at a
pace suitable for all learners.
ELEMENTARY
Scottish for 5 to 11 year olds
Traditional and contemporary Paraguayan music
T9 • 4:30pm • M+E • Sixto Corbalán • £62
In this course the instructor will offer techniques, melodic
and harmonic patterns based on two different tunes:
one traditional and one contemporary. Objective: the
participants will learn about the structure of Paraguayan
music and be able to play the basic melody and rhythm
of two Paraguayan tunes.
exercises that focus on technique, separating hands and
rhythmic core. As a harpist, one of the unique aspects of
playing the instrument is our two hands – two voices! In
utilising them fully, we are embracing our instrument and
the textures and musical possibilities are endless.
Be amazed at what you can create and also how
working in this way will change and strengthen your
general approach to the instrument.
ELEMENTARY / INTERMEDIATE
INTERMEDIATE
Popular music on the harp
Traditional German music
T5 • 9:00am • E+M • Rachel Newton • £62
Come and learn some tunes and arrangements by ear in
a relaxed environment with Rachel. We will mainly work
on Scottish melodies both old and new and add some
harmonies and chords to create a group sound together.
Music will be given out at the end of the course.
Breton music
T6 • 1:00pm • E+M • Clotilde Trouillaud • £62
The class will listen to recordings of airs and dances from
different parts of Brittany, discuss the differing styles
of dances, songs and marches and learn how to adapt
them for the harp with simple harmonisation.
Introduction to pibroch on wire-strung harp
T7 • 4:30pm • E+M • Karen Marshalsay • £62
A relaxed and gentle introduction to the great music of
the Highland pipes, this class will look at the first pibroch
Karen learned, The Battle of the Bridge of Perth, working
on the ground (ùrlar) and several variations. Techniques,
phrasing, and other stylistic features will be discussed
along with a general introduction to pibroch. We will
also look at ways of incorporating two-handed ‘gurgly’
variations into other tunes, giving them a pibroch-like
quality. The class requires the C above middle C to be
tuned to C# (no other sharps needed), and will work both
by ear and with notation.
Scottish
T8 • 1:00pm • E+M • Wendy Stewart • £62
Elementary but not boring, simple but effective, sparse
yet rich, the choice of beautiful, easy Scottish music is
there waiting to be explored. Wendy will teach layered
arrangements so everyone can find their level whilst
learning some beautiful slow airs and lively dance tunes
with background info and further ideas. Recording
devices welcome throughout the course.
T10 • 9:00am • E+M • Christine Edwards • £62
Everything really does sound amazing on the harp –
discover a world of repertoire that you never thought
you could play! We’ll investigate some of the latest tunes
of the charts, as well as some older hits and music from
films. We’ll also have a look at how you can arrange
music for yourself, so the next time you hear something
you like on the radio, you can make a harp cover that is
bound to impress.
Pedal harp: knowledge, tricks and new
possibilities
T11 • 9:00am • M+E • Eva Curth • £62
In this course Eva will share her knowledge and
experience of almost thirty years harp-playing and
teaching. We will have a look at every important part,
e.g. sitting position, hand position, tone forming and
relaxation techniques, while also explaining why each
is important and what effect each has on the musical
output. Eva will train your inner view and imagination
and show you how to use this expressively. Please
bring the music you are working on to the class, or let
Eva know in advance if you are looking for something
special. Eva can offer you several pieces suitable for
pedal harp playing on every level. (Contact Eva via the
Festival Office, [email protected]).
T14 • 4:30pm • M+E • Eva Curth • £62
Because of its long history, German music offers many
different styles and colours. Its main component is not
so much the rhythmic element, but much more lyrical
melody. Earliest sources go back to the 12th century,
the so called Minnegesang (troubadour song). Its
development reached its peak in the 19th century when
famous composers transcribed traditional songs to
classical art song. It was a very romantic style reflecting
the Germans’ love of their country and nature. The abuse
of this music and its content by the National Socialism
System in the middle of the 20th century was a very
big shock. The development and appreciation of this
music were stopped because the love of it was suddenly
connected with shame. That’s very sad, particularly
when there is so much to enjoy! In this course, Eva will
travel with you through the different times of German
folk song and teach you a few of the most popular and
beautiful melodies.
Welsh traditional tunes/Alawon fy ngwlad
T12 • 4:30pm • M + E • Siân James • £62
An introduction to some of Wales’ most beautiful harp
tunes. Some will sound familiar, others less so, but all with
evocative names such as Breuddwyd Dafydd Rhys (the
Dream of Dafydd Rhys), or Megan a Gollod ei Gardas
(Megan who lost her Garters) or Y Waedd (the Cry).
Independent hands
T13 • 1:00pm • E + M • Maeve Gilchrist • £62
In this course, you will work on strengthening your
hand independence through a series of ostinato based
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COURSES
Catriona explores more top tunes
T15 • 1:00pm • E+M • Catriona McKay • £62
Catriona is delighted to have this opportunity once
more to bring some top tunes from her travels to the
Edinburgh International Harp Festival. Come and learn a
few of her latest favourites! As is her style, she will sneak
in a few tasty techniques and cheeky tricks to help you
push your harping a little further. Join Catriona for a
fearless exploration of harp tunes.
Playford’s country dances: Celtic choreography
meets European elegance
T16 • 9:00am • M+E • Andrew Lawrence-King • £62
John Playford’s The English Dancing Master, first
published in 1651, was a huge success in its own time.
Today, it is a vital source for folk-musicians, dancers and
early-music players. But what is this music, published
in London City but representing popular, country
celebrations? What is this English dancing-master doing
with all these foreign tunes: Scots, Irish, Italian, Spanish
and French? How can we create an accompaniment for
Playford’s tunes? What are the musical priorities in the
17th century? And how can we make the music dance?
Singing and playing - at the same time
T17 • 9:00am • M+E • Siân James • £62
In this class Siân will introduce you to the art of singing
to your own accompaniment. She will start with some
very basic chords to accompany a well-known song
and gradually develop the concept by utilising different
melodic figures and ideas. She will explain how she
makes her own arrangements and give hints on
making your own.
Stonking Scottish Tunes
T18 • 1:00pm • E+M • Corrina Hewat • £62
A selection of great tunes to get your fingers around
will be taught. The preferred method of teaching is aural,
but music will be available at the end of each class with
fingering and chords marked. Each day we will tackle
different types of tunes with a different decoration each
day to add to your repertoire. We’ll go at a moderate
pace. A recording device is a useful tool to bring along
to capture the “feel” of the tunes.
The music of Rory Dall for wire-strung clarsach
T19 • 9:00am • M • Bill Taylor • £62
Two celebrated harper-composers both shared the
name of Rory Dall, or Blind Rory. One was Irish, Ruairi
Dall Ó Catháin, who lived most of his life in Scotland in
the first half of the 17th century; the other, Ruairidh Mac
Mhuirich, also known as An Clarsair Dall, played
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at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, and died c. 1725.
Many tunes in 17th and 18th century Scottish collections
for flute, keyboard and lute were attributed to Rory Dall.
The course will discuss which Rory composed what, and
will present a selection of tunes, including several ports –
the great music of the Highland wire-strung clarsach.
Scottish
T20 • 9:00am • E+M • Alison Kinnaird • £62
This class will cover several types of Scottish music,
rhythmic and lyrical, with particular emphasis on the
slow air and tunes composed for the harp. Suitable
for players with a little experience, we will learn about
decoration and basic arranging of traditional tunes.
The class will be taught aurally, but music will be given
out at the end.
INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED
Traditional and contemporary Paraguayan music
T21 • 1:00pm • M+E • Sixto Corbalán • £62
In this course, Sixto will offer techniques, melodic and
harmonic patterns based on two different tunes: one
traditional and one contemporary.
Objective: the participants will learn the melodic and
harmonic patterns of Paraguayan music and the
techniques used by Paraguayan harpists to introduce
chromaticism to a diatonic instrument: the use of two
keys in the left hand. Two different Paraguayan tunes
will be taught and the written music will be handed out.
Breton
T22 • 9:00am • E+M • Clotilde Trouillaud • £62
Using sound recordings, the class will focus on listening,
analysing, singing and dancing. We will look at tunes
from Haute Bretagne and Basse Bretagne, and how to
adapt them for harp as well as how to harmonise and
accompany dance music, marches and airs.
Making your own Music
T23 • 4:30pm • E+M • Corrina Hewat • £62
This course, suitable for lever and pedal harps, is for
those of you who can already play from music, can
memorise pieces, can play tunes by ear, but have not
yet fully embraced making your own music, or have
yet to start improvising. We will cover many of the
different ways you can access the music within you
and transfer it onto the harp, onto the page and into
the harp repertoire. A recording device will be useful
for capturing your ideas as they happen.
The Magic of music from the Highlands and
Islands of Scotland
T24 • 1:00pm • M • Anne Macdearmid • £62
You will fall under the spell of music from the Highlands
and Islands of Scotland. There is a wealth of beautiful
melodies awaiting you - love songs, laments and lullabies
as well as the thrill of the pipe marches and great fiddle
tunes - a veritable feast of Scots music.
ADVANCED
Improvisation in Folk Music
T25 • 4:30pm • E+M • Maeve Gilchrist • £62
In this class you will explore all the different routes
that improvisation can take. Often people associate
improvisation with jazz and blues styles but really,
improvisation is used in almost all musical genres in
different ways. We will be looking at its use in fiddle
music, creating minute improvisations that shape the
tune and make it unique each time it’s played. We’ll also
look at improvising accompaniments, intros and outros
and freeing up our playing so that regardless of what
we’re playing, we understand the essence of it, and are
therefore able to create and improvise within context.
This will be an open and playful course!
The noble art of French Baroque dance
T26 • 1:00pm • M+E • Andrew Lawrence-King • £62
Allemandes, Courantes, Minuets, Sarabandes, Gigues &
Chaconnes from the Versailles court of the Sun King,
Louis XIV. French dance styles defined musical fashion
across Europe and were imitated in England, Scotland
and Ireland. Andrew Lawrence-King shows how to
turn ‘true movement’ into swinging rhythms for harp
solos, and guides you through fashionable French
ornamentation. Music by Lully, Purcell, Couperin, Carolan.
MIXED ABILITIES
For young people aged 12 to 17 years
T27 • 1:00pm • E+M • Rachel Newton • £62
This class is for young people of any ability to come
together to work on tunes and arrangements with
Rachel. Bring a tune you would like some ideas for,
some arrangement ideas of your own, or just come
along and try out playing in a group of other harp
players. A relaxed class with recordings and/or
written music given out at the end.
Song and Harp
T28 • 4:30pm • E+M • Wendy Stewart • £62
A class for all, whatever level of singing or harping,
Wendy will teach Scots, Gaelic, folk and contemporary
songs with different layers of accompaniment. You can
just sing, just play or take the plunge and aim to do both
together by Wednesday! There will be time to discuss
your own experiences with singing and playing, and
recording devices are welcome throughout the course.
Festival Orchestra
T29 • 1:00pm • M+E • Isobel Mieras • £62
Your chance to be a performer at EIHF. Students of
all abilities are invited to rehearse and perform a new
suite by Isobel Mieras and to take part in a specially
commissioned work by Fiona Rutherford, both of which
will be performed in Wednesday afternoon’s concert.
The suite will contain new and traditional material.
All music will be sent out in advance. Choose parts to
suit your ability, learn the notes, then enjoy the hard
work, satisfaction and FUN of rehearsing and performing
in ensemble alongside other instrumentalists
Composition
T30 • 4:30pm • M+E • Eddie McGuire • £62
This is a course for clarsach and harp players who have
started composing and want to find more inspiration
and techniques to develop their work. Participants are
encouraged to complete a short piece during the
course. A selection of books, scores and other
information showing the wide range of possibilities
will be available to consult.
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COURSES
WEEKEND COURSES – SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
MONDAY COURSES
TWO DAY COURSES TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Manx tunes • Elementary
One session of 2½ hours (with a break in the middle!)
One session per day of 1½hours each.
Sat and Sun: two sessions per day of 1½ hours each.
T31 • 1:00pm & 4:30pm • E+M • Rachel Hair • £62
The smallest of the Celtic nations, the Isle of Man has been
making waves in the Celtic music scene. A synthesis of
Irish and Scottish music due to its Iocation in the middle
of the Irish Sea, Manx music and the “Claasagh” (Manx
Gaelic for harp) have been undergoing a recent revival on
the island and beyond. So come help further the cause
of Manx music. Awaken your senses and learn some
fantastic tunes, both old and new, in the process!
T34 • 9:15am • E+M • Catriona McKay • £20
Catriona is delighted to have this opportunity to once
more bring some top tunes from her travels to the
Edinburgh International Harp Festival. Come and learn a
few of her latest favourites! As is her style, she will sneak
in a few tasty techniques and cheeky tricks to help you
push your harping a little further. Join Catriona for a
fearless exploration of harp tunes.
Arranging in different ways • Intermediate/
Advanced
Sat and Sun: two sessions per day of 1½ hours each.
T32 • 9:00am & 4:30pm • E+M • The Duplets - Gillian
Fleetwood and Fraya Thomsen • £62
The Duplets will teach a handful of their favourite tunes
and explore how we can all emphasise and explore
different feelings in a melody using arrangement
techniques. This course aims to encourage a thoughtful
approach to bringing out the characteristics you can
find and choose in a melody thus giving you confidence
to access the wide palette of options available to you on
the harp.
Dare to be a teacher! • Mixed Abilities
Saturday and Sunday one session per day
of 1½ hours each.
T33 • 9:00am • Isobel Mieras and Wendy
Stewart • FREE
Supported by The Clarsach Society
Could you be a harp teacher?
Could you facilitate your local harp group?
Could you share your knowledge, experience and
enjoyment in playing?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” or
even “maybe” then this could be the course for you.
Isobel Mieras and Wendy Stewart will share their
long experience of teaching students of all ages
and abilities. They will discuss how to use your
own particular knowledge and ability to help keen
students in your area get started on playing our
wonderful instrument. If your local harp group needs
a leader, Isobel and Wendy will have tips on keeping
everyone playing together -- and still smiling, keeping
the joy and motivation of both teacher and student,
and finding suitable and accessible repertoire.
Thinking on your feet (or ears!) and the thought
processes of teaching will be mused over and the
embryonic educator lurking in all of us uncovered.
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Catriona’s top tunes • Elementary
Slow sessions • Elementary
Learning by ear for the terrified • Elementary
T38 • 4:30pm • E+M • Patsy Seddon • £30
A chance to gain confidence in learning by ear with
Patsy who has spent a long and varied musical career
developing those skills. In recent years she has trained
in, and now delivers Kodály musicianship, which
emphasises the inner musician. We will learn beautiful
simple melodies, mostly from the Scottish repertoire.
How to practise! • Intermediate
T35 • 2:15pm • E+M • Wendy Stewart • £20
A one-off class to review how your attempts at session
playing have been going and where improvements
can be made. Wendy will go over session tunes from
the EIHF website plus a few others suggesting chord
patterns and riffs to accompany at a slow to middling
pace. We’ll also try a wee bit of that all-important key
identification and quick lever change!
T39 • 9:00am • E+M • Helen Macleod • £30
Are you struggling with a tricky bar that just doesn’t
seem to get any easier? Or perhaps you feel that despite
regular practice sessions, you’re just not getting any
better? Then THIS is the class for you! The art of practice
is an important part of any musician’s life, without it we
will never achieve our goals. This course is designed to
help achieve what at first can seem impossible…
and I’ll try to make it as fun as possible!
Il Corago: Action, Action, Action! • Advanced
Bluegrass • Mixed Abilities
T36 • 9:15am • M • Andrew Lawrence-King and Steven
Player • £20
Supported by Harps North West
An anonymous circa-1630 guide for a theatrical Artistic
Director, Il Corago, gives us a fascinating insight into the
cross-connections between poetry, music, dance, acting
and swordsmanship. In this course, Andrew LawrenceKing and Steven Player explore words and rhythms
in the context of historical dance, period fencing, and
Shakespeare’s advice to actors. According to the ancient
Greeks, to Roman orators, and 17th-century writers,
what are the three secrets of great performance?
Bring your eloquent hands, your dancing feet, and your
swordfighters’ reflexes. T36a is for those wishing to
take part as harp players (music is emailed or posted
in advance). T36b is for those wishing to take part as
dancers.
Dancing and playing the tune • Intermediate/
Advanced
T37 • 2:15pm • M+E • Maeve Gilchist and
Nic Gareiss • £20
In this course, both fingers and feet are welcome as
Maeve and Nic will work with their dancers and harpists
separately for the first hour before bringing them
together to dance the tune. It’s an amazingly effective
tool to insert your musical mind into another artistic
medium. For harpists to keep the music buoyant and
danceable and for the dancers to be able to shape and
phrase the music using imitation, ornamentation as
well as alternate shoe sounds and textures. This will be
a great, fun way to spend a couple of hours! T37a is for
those wishing to take part as harp players. T37b is for
those wishing to take part as dancers.
T40 • 1:00pm • E+M • Cheyenne Brown • £30
When we hear bluegrass harp, we normally think of
the harmonica. But we can also get some great sounds
out of our harps with strings! Many of the traditional
American old-time and bluegrass tunes had roots in
Scottish and Irish music. Looking at a couple of old
standards from the American old-time and bluegrass
traditions, we will add the elements that really make
it sound bluegrass-y: the bass keeping the beat, the
mandolin chop, and of course the melody itself –
all on the harp (with strings). Back by popular
demand after last year’s workshop!
Come and try ukulele
Kathy Stewart
T42a • Saturday 1:00pm
T42b • Sunday 9:00am
£15.50 per session
An introductory workshop demonstrating the
accessibility and enjoyment of one of the most current
and popular instruments, the ukulele. Everyone will
receive an easy to follow chord chart, be taught how to
follow it, how to tune your instrument, and how to form
chords. Guaranteed fun. Bring your singing voices!
Come and try percussion
Jane Bentley
T43a • Saturday 4:30pm
T43b • Sunday 1:00pm
£15.50 per session
Come and get your groove on! We will be creating
rhythmic magic with an intriguing variety of world
rhythm instruments, from Djembe drums and musical
frogs, to the Swiss ‘Hang’ which looks like a flying saucer,
and tuned plastic percussion tubes. Whether this is
your first experience with an egg shaker, or you are
a compulsive table-tapper, players of any ability and
experience are welcome – there is room in the music
for you. All instruments provided.
INDIVIDUAL TUITION
Individual Tuition, lever or pedal harp. Our
distinguished guest, Edward Witsenburg
will be on hand at certain times during the
Festival to offer hour long lessons. Bookings
for these popular lessons can be made
during the Festival at The Clarsach Society
Information Desk in the café. (P 3)
COME AND TRY CLASSES
Come and try wire-strung clarsach
Karen Marshalsay
T41a • Saturday 9:00am
Bill Taylor
T41b • Sunday 4:30pm
Supported by Ardival Harps
£15.50 per session
An opportunity to try out the beautifully resonant
original harp of the Gaels. While properly played with
fingernails of at least 2mm, this is NOT necessary for this
taster class. The technique is often called “the stopped
style” where finger pads damp certain strings to stop
excessive ringing, thus allowing a clear phraseline. Try
out a simple tune, touch on its history and feel free to
ask questions.
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MONDAY 7 APRIL DILUAIN 7 GIBLEAN
FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE
9:00am - 10:00am Courses: Child beginners 5 - 8 years
9:15am - 11:45am
Catriona’s top tunes - Catriona McKay
SEALLADH GOIRID AIR AN FHÈIS
Il Corago: Action, Action, Action! - Andrew Lawrence-King and Steven Player
Alexander technique - Heather Coates
9:15am - 10:15am
Ceilidh dance - Annabel Oates
Tuning compensation for the harp - Nicolas Lynch-Aird
9:30am - 10:15am
Teaching different ages and abilities, individually and in groups - Helen Macleod and Rachel Hair
10:10am - 11:10am
Child beginners 9 - 14 years
10:45am - 11:30am Teaching by Skype - Christine Edwards
10:45am - 11:45am Harmony singing - Corrina Hewat
Gut strings - Catherine Dunlop
TIMEEVENT
CODE
2:00pm - 2:45pm
How useful are exams and competitions? - Patsy Seddon and Heather Yule
2:15pm - 4:45pm
Slow sessions - Wendy Stewart
FRIDAY 4 APRIL DIHAOINE 4 GIBLEAN
Dancing & playing the tune - Maeve Gilchrist / Nic Gareiss
3:30pm - 7:00pm
Registration Stagefright - Eva Curth
7:00pm - 10:00pm Opening Gathering
C1
2:15pm - 3:15pm
Bellydance for fun and fitness - Mandy Hunter
10:00pm...
Late Night Session - Festival Corner Room (Chalmers West)
Tuning compensation for the harp - Nicolas Lynch-Aird
3:00pm - 4:00pm Open forum - your questions to an expert panel - Edward Witsenburg, SATURDAY 5 APRIL DISATHAIRNE 5 GIBLEAN
Anne Macdearmid, Corrina Hewat and Bill Taylor
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Gut strings - Catherine Dunlop
8:00am onwards
Registration
Gaelic song - Christine Primrose
9:00am - 10:30am Courses
7:00pm - 8:15pm
North Atlantic Trio / The Duplets
10:00am - 11:00am The Quest and the Return through Dangerous Lands of Music
C2a
8:15pm - 11:00pm
Family Ceilidh with Bella McNab’s Dance Band
and Enchantment Storywalk and come and try harp sessions (5 - 8 years old)
11:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 2:30pm
2:15pm - 3:15pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:30pm - 6:00pm
7:30pm - 10:00pm
10:00pm...
Welsh traditional song - Siân James
Songs of Angus - Steve Byrne
Strange Rainbow - Catriona MacKay and Alistair MacDonald
Courses
The Quest and the Return through Dangerous Lands of Music and
Enchantment Storywalk and come and try harp sessions (9 - 14 years old)
Blas ar Gymru - Siân James / Blaz eus Breizh - Clotilde Trouillaud
Courses
Hall of the Chieftain with John Purser
Late Night Session - Festival Corner Room (Chalmers West)
09:00am - 10:30pm
10:00am - 11:00am
11:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 2:30pm
2:15pm - 3:15pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:30pm - 6:00pm
7:30pm - 10:00pm
10:00pm...
Courses
The Quest and the Return through Dangerous Lands of Music
and Enchantment Storywalk and come and try harp sessions (5 - 8 years old)
Evolution of the Paraguayan harp - Sixto Corbalán
Breton dance - Clotilde Trouillaud
Keeping your stopping still & an introduction to body percussion - Rick Bamford
Courses
The Quest and the Return through Dangerous Lands of Music
and Enchantment Storywalk and come and try harp sessions (9 - 14 years old)
In a Heavenly Way - Eva Curth with Edward Witsenburg
Courses
Andrew Lawrence-King and Steven Player / Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss
Late Night Session - Festival Corner Room (Chalmers West)
W1
W2
W3
C3a
C4
C5
SUNDAY 6 APRIL DIDOMHNAICH 6 GIBLEAN
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T1a
T34
T36
W7
W8
W9a
W15a
T1b
W15b
W10
W11a
W15c
T35
T37
W12
W13
W9b
W15d
W11b
W14
C8
C9
TUESDAY 8 APRIL DIMAIRT 8 GIBLEAN
9:00am - 10:30am
11:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 2:30pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:30pm - 6:00pm
7:30pm - 10:00pm
10:00pm...
Courses (note: T1b starts at 10:10am)
An Audience with Edward Witsenburg
The musician and the dancer - Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss
Courses
Tea Concert - Elinor Evans / Ada Francis / Lena Lozano
Courses
Sixto Corbalán, Arpa Paraguaya Contemporanea
Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson, Scottish Harp and Swedish Nyckelharpa
Late Night Session - Festival Corner Room (Chalmers West)
9:00am - 10:30am
11:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 2:30pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:30pm - 6:00pm
7:30pm - 10:00pm
10:00pm...
Courses (note: T1b starts at 10:10am)
Equilibrium - Pete Sparkes, Fiona Rutherford and Drake Music Scotland W17
The travelling Nyckelharper who never stops exploring! - Olov Johansson W18
Harp and the spoken word: or the Bard in the 21st century - Heather Yule W19
Courses
The Festival Orchestra directed by Isobel Mieras featuring special commission C13
by Fiona Rutherford with Rhona Smith, Amy Moar & George Watson’s Ensemble
Lammermuir Harps directed by Heather Yule
Mairi-Louise MacDonald (Mod 2013 prize winner)
Courses
Rachel Newton and The Shee C14
Winning entry 2013 Young Composer Award
Late Night Session - Festival Corner Room (Chalmers West)
C10
W16
C11
C12
WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL DICIADAIN 9 GIBLEAN
C2b
W4
W5
W6
C3b
C6
C7
Edinburgh International Harp Festival reserves the right to amend this programme without further notice
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WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS
BÙTHAN-OBRACH
SUNDAY 6 APRIL
11.00am - 12.00pm
Evolution of the Paraguayan harp
Alexander Technique
W4 • Sixto Corbalán • £8
A brief overview of the history of the Paraguayan harp
will be followed by a description of the developments
of the present day, especially the elevation of this
traditionally diatonic instrument to a chromatic
instrument. Practical examples with traditional rhythms
will show how they are adapted to the more widely
used chromatic range with use of new techniques
such as ‘llaves’ (keys). There will be time for questions
and discussion.
W7 • 9.15am – 11.45am • Heather Coates • £12.00/£10.00
The Alexander Technique is a way of using our whole
self: body, mind and spirit, so that everything we do
becomes easier, lighter, less effort. The relevance to
harpists - people who rely on mobility and poise in
order to perform to a high standard - is obvious. In this
workshop you will be invited to observe in playing and in
quietness, to release unnecessary habitual tension and
to look for better coordination and balance while playing.
Breton dance
W8 • 9.15am - 10.15am • Annabel Oates • £8.00
The aim of the workshop will be to provide fun
participation in this form of popular Scottish social
dancing. It is enjoyed by all ages at ceilidhs, weddings,
family gatherings, schools etc. You will learn some easy
popular dances to the sound of great Scottish music.
No partner or experience is necessary– if you can walk,
you can ceilidh!
W5 • Clotilde Trouillaud • £8
Let’s (re)discover traditional Breton dances: en dro,
hanter-dro, gavotte and ridée. Listen to traditional singers
and musicians, and learn some easy songs for dancing.
Keeping your stopping still and an introduction to
body percussion
W6 • Rick Bamford • £8
SATURDAY 5 APRIL
11.00am - 12.00pm This workshop is all about relaxing the body and mind.
We are going to do two or three easy exercises on being
Welsh traditional song
able to consider our legs and waist, the abdomen and
W1 • Siân James • £8
shoulders as separate entities. We will also work with our
In this workshop Siân will delve into the various types
senses. This will prepare the way for an introduction to
of singing found in Welsh traditional music : llatai
work with and play with some everyday rhythms, which
(messenger) songs, Plygain carols, ballads and
we will make using hands, feet and finger clicks and
Cerdd Dant.
body.
Supported by The Clarsach Society Wales Branch &
Solway Harps
Songs of Angus
W2 • Steve Byrne • £8
Steve will explore songs and poems set to music from
his native Angus on Scotland’s east coast which he
has enjoyed exploring with a variety of folk choirs and
workshop participants over the years. Bring your voice
and be prepared to get to grips with the Angus Scots
dialect!
Strange Rainbow
W3 • Catriona MacKay and Alistair MacDonald • £8
Live electroacoustic improvising duo Strange Rainbow
combine Scotland’s dynamic and innovative harper,
Catriona McKay and electronic music guru, Alistair
MacDonald. This workshop allows a window into how
they create their Strange Rainbow of live instrumental
improvisation and audio transformation. They will
perform a Strange Rainbow re-mix of a track from
Catriona’s latest solo harp cd Harponium and explain
the journey, revelations and joy of making this music.
Come along and re-think the possibilities for your own
harp playing - a link for a free download of software will
be given so you can create your own strange rainbow.
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MONDAY 7 APRIL
Ceilidh dance
Tuning compensation for the harp
W9a • 9.15am - 10.15am • Nicholas Lynch-Aird • £8.00
W9b • 2.15pm - 3.15pm • Nicholas Lynch-Aird • £8.00
This presentation will describe an ongoing research
project which is exploring how harp strings behave with
changes in temperature and humidity, and whether this
knowledge can be used to make pre-emptive tuning
adjustments while the harp is being played. Test results
will be presented for both nylon and gut strings, and
a variety of possible tuning stabilisation approaches
will be discussed, with practical considerations for their
implementation.
factory takes the whole morning, and is well worth a visit,
where there is always a friendly welcome. We also go
back in history - some 4,500 years!
Supported by The Clarsach Society London & SE Branch
Stagefright
W12 • 2.15pm - 4.45pm • Eva Curth • £12.00/£10.00
Who doesn’t know the situation: we learn a piece, we
practice hard and then we are dying to play it in front of
other people. Sometimes it’s not working out as well as
we want it to. In this workshop, Eva will tell you why and
how to handle this situation. You will learn how to create
a satisfying experience on stage for your audience and,
much more importantly, for yourself!
It’s not necessary to bring your own harp as there will
be a pedal and a lever-harp available. It would be great if
someone feels encouraged to PRACTISE playing in front
of others.
Supported by The Clarsach Society London & SE Branch
Teaching will be in lecture style. At the end of the
workshop a handout with hints and advice will be
given out.
Harmony singing
Supported by The Clarsach Society Northumbrian Branch
W10 • 10.45am - 11.45am • Corrina Hewat • £8.00
A fun and energising workshop, designed for all of you
who need an hour of vocal joyfulness in the day. No
need for harps, just a smile and a voice and the ability
to laugh! This workshop is for everyone who fancies
singing some fun, memorable, quick to learn songs then
playing around with them using a mix of harmonies,
rhythms and wordplay.
Bellydance for fun and fitness
Gut strings
W11a • 10.45am - 11.45am • Catherine Dunlop • £8.00
W11b • 3.45pm - 4.45pm • Catherine Dunlop • £8.00
This is mostly about gut strings, how they are made by
Bow Brand at Kings Lynn, Norfolk, and the dedication it
takes to make these strings. You will see pictures of the
process, and hear about the importance of getting the
right aged cows, and many other things. A trip round the
W13 • 2.15pm - 3.15pm • Mandy Hunter • £8.00
As harpists spend long periods of time practising,
bellydance provides a fun counterpoint, which increases
flexibility of the spine and relieves tension in the
shoulders. It also works the whole body, not just the belly.
You will learn a short choreography that will be suitable
for beginners with no experience and will have some
layers added on for anyone who wishes to try something
a bit more challenging.
Gaelic song
W14 • 3.45pm - 4.45pm • Christine Primrose • £8.00
A selection of Gaelic songs will be covered. Knowledge
of Gaelic is not necessary but enthusiasm is!
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WORKSHOPS
Seminars for Teachers Monday 7 April
The travelling Nyckelharper who
never stops exploring
This series is open to all teachers or potential
teachers. Each session will be a discussion and
sharing of ideas on an aspect of teaching, led by
individuals with relevant experience, finishing with
an open forum chaired by Jennifer Port, Convenor
of The Clarsach Society.
Teaching different ages and abilities,
individually and in groups
W18 • Olov Johansson • £8.00
Olov will reveal the sound and technique of the Swedish
nyckelharpa, and include a short guide to its history,
its repertoire past, present and future. He will explain
how he came to play and then tour worldwide with
his amazing Swedish band Väsen, and how through
travelling and making many music connections he found
himself playing in an unlikely Swedish & Scottish harp
shaped duo with Scottish harper, Catriona McKay.
W15a • 9.30am - 10.15am • Helen Macleod and
Rachel Hair • FREE (ticketed)
Harp and the spoken word: or the Bard
in the 21st century
Admission is free but advanced booking is advised.
W19 • Heather Yule • £8.00
From earliest times music, story and poetry have
formed the essence of human communities. In the
Celtic countries story and song were vital ingredients
in marking the rituals of the calendar year. The poetry
in the Gaelic tradition, set to music and carried through
the land by the itinerant harpers, had the power to
influence even the mightiest of kings. As the world
and communities changed the old image of the harper
and the storyteller disappeared. But now, just like the
clarsach, the art of storytelling is enjoying a revival
throughout the world and must find its new place and
function in modern life. In this workshop we will be
considering the different contemporary approaches to
combining the music of the harp with the spoken word.
I will also demonstrate and explain my own method.
So come along to hear some wonderful stories and to
explore the creative world of harp accompaniment.
Teaching by Skype
W15b • 10.45am - 11.30am • Christine Edwards
FREE (ticketed)
How useful are exams and competitions?
W15c • 2.00pm - 2.45pm • Patsy Seddon and
Heather Yule • FREE (ticketed)
Open forum - your questions to
an expert panel
W15d • 3.00pm - 4.00pm • Edward Witsenburg,
Anne Macdearmid, Corrina Hewat, Bill Taylor
FREE (ticketed)
Supported by The Clarsach Society
TUESDAY 8 APRIL
11.00am - 12.00pm technology is being used by disabled people to
The musician and the dancer
W16 • Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss • £8.00
An intro to percussive dance and a discussion on the
musical relationship between dancer and player. Come
try out some basic dance steps and hear about how
Nic and Maeve came together as artists and started
developing a show. Bring questions!
WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL
compose, play and perform music. Led by Pete
Sparkes, Artistic Director of Drake Music Scotland –
a charity that works all over Scotland to make music
accessible.
Using examples from an exciting new commission for
EIHF, Pete and Fiona Rutherford will explain how the
music was created, how the technology works and how
this enables each of the performers to overcome the
challenge of public performance.
11.00am - 12.00pm
Equilibrium
W17 • Pete Sparkes, Fiona Rutherford
and Drake Music Scotland • £8.00
This practical workshop will explore how music
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Pete will demonstrate how Soundbeams, Skoogs, iPads,
and even Brainwaves can be used to play almost any
kind of musical sounds with almost any part of the body!
Supported by The Clarsach Society Transpennine Branch
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BIOGRAPHIES
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1. Rick Bamford
Drummer and Percussion player. Currently plays in Infinite
Trio, music for piano, bass and drums, and The Sound of
Seventeen Big Band. Rick tutors adults in Tai-Chi, a slow
moving form of meditation and a martial art. He also works
with people wishing to study energy and meditation work.
Rick is also Music Technology Officer for Drake Music
Scotland.
2. Jane Bentley
Jane is a freelance community musician, specialising in
music for health and wellbeing contexts. She completed her
PhD at the University of Strathclyde, focusing on musical
improvisation and interaction, and has since been engaged
on two European Union knowledge exchange projects with
Musique et Sante, Paris. She now splits her time between
doing in-house musical engagement with NHS patients,
training other musicians to work in healthcare settings and
running broader community-based rhythm workshops.
Her biggest-ever gig involved getting 25,000 people to
improvise together, and her smallest one – just one!
3. Cheyenne Brown
Cheyenne is from Alaska but has been based in Scotland
for the past eleven years where she has studied the Scottish
harp from both a performance and a research perspective
and works to perform and teach the Scottish harp locally
and abroad. Her playing style is characteristically free and
creative, making much use of improvisation and contrasting
textures. She works with several different bands and has
recently released the North Atlantic Trio’s debut album
Some Part of Something and her critically acclaimed solo
album, Parallel Latitudes.
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4. Steve Byrne
From Arbroath in Scotland’s eastern lowlands, Steve has
been immersed in traditional music since early childhood,
and continues to write and arrange songs in his native Scots
tongue. Best known as a founder member of innovative
Scots folksong group Malinky, he has worked with a variety
of artists including Emily Smith, Jim Malcolm, Julie Fowlis and
Fred Morrison. A trained ethnologist - as a graduate of the
School of Scottish Studies - Steve applies his deep knowledge
and love of Scottish traditions to all aspects of his musical
career, whether as a performer, teacher or workshop leader.
5. Heather Coates
Heather was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and now
lives in Edinburgh. She qualified as an Alexander teacher
twenty years ago having had an interest in the technique for
twenty years prior to that. She trained at Fellside Alexander
School, Kendal, under Don Burton and subsequently
completed post-graduate work with Walter Carrington in
London. Since then she has taught the technique privately,
for St. Andrews University Music Department and also on
workshops including for people with Parkinson’s disease.
She is also a musician who teaches cello and singing, and
plays cello and piano in a freelance capacity.
6. Tana Collins
Tana has been a fully qualified Massage Therapist and
member of the Scottish Massage Therapists’ Organisation
since 2000 and has been the EIHF’s Masseuse since 2002.
During this time, Tana has built up a hugely successful client
base, working in a number of businesses and from her home
in Edinburgh. Tana uses massage as a tool to help combat
poor posture and repetitive strain problems, which are
prevalent amongst musicians and computer users. She also
has experience in treating common sports injuries; sciatica;
back pain; stress and anxiety; sleep problems and mild to
moderate depression.
7. Sixto Corbalán
Sixto started playing harp at age eight and, although there
are no other musicians in the previous generation of his
family, he appears to carry music in his blood. The constant
search for renewal and expansion led him to learn with the
masters. Several awards and recognition for his work have
led to performances at international festivals and tours in
America, Asia and Europe. His most notable technique is
the use of two “keys” on the left hand, which creates an
unexpected chromatic range. Combining his native skills
with his broad cosmopolitan outlook, Sixto’s music is powerful
and harmonious but above all expressive and sensitive.
8. Marianne Cranston
Marianne is a qualified member of the Dutch Societies
of Holistic Pulsing and Astrology, with wide experience
of working in Europe and the UK. Her goal as a spiritual
astrologer and holistic pulser is to help clients become
attuned with their inner selves, to help build up self-esteem,
trust and self-belief.
9. Eva Curth
Born in the middle of Germany as daughter of a classical
oboe player, Eva started her musical education at the
age of four. Piano and voice lessons led to the desire to
learn classical pedal harp. She studied harp with Edward
Witsenburg and Alice Giles, graduating with distinction from
the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She performs numerous
solo and ensemble concerts around the world and worked
as solo harpist in several orchestras. In 2011 she decided to
leave the orchestra and concentrate on her work as a teacher
at the Conservatory in Magdeburg and as a soloist. She is a
popular performer at festivals, broadcasts and recordings and
has made numerous CDs.
10. Catherine Dunlop
Catherine studied at the Royal College of Music under
Gwendolyn Mason and went on to do solo and ensemble
work, ending up with a job in Singapore (without a harp)
for two years. Having given up the harp, she came home,
married and had four children. Having been ‘harpless’ for
some 50 years, she came back to the harp by chance. That is
another story, but now she cannot imagine life without a harp,
and is giving recitals, teaching and lecturing, and has also
become involved in harp therapy.
11. The Duplets (Gillian Fleetwood and Fraya Thomsen)
Brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Gillian Fleetwood and
Fraya Thomsen first met in musical workshops in Inverness.
Both went on to study in Glasgow where their friendship and
musical partnership continued. As The Duplets they debuted
with a sell-out concert at none other than the Edinburgh
International Harp Festival and have since been bringing their
music to audiences and classes in such far flung corners of
the world as Brazil, Mexico, USA and across Europe. They aim
to make their workshops fun, imaginative and lively.
12. Christine Edwards
Christine grew up in Aberdeenshire and is an experienced
performer, composer and dedicated harp teacher. She
received training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on
the concert harp and studied at the Royal Irish Academy of
Music and Trinity College Dublin. Christine holds a Licentiate
of the London College of Music Diploma (LLCM) in Irish
Traditional Music Performance. She is now specialising
in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Christine is the music advisor to the North East Branch of
The Clarsach Society and directs the North East Harp
Ensemble. She also teaches using video-calling software
and has pupils all over the country.
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13. Nic Gareiss
Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has studied a wide breath
of percussive dance traditions and performed as a featured
soloist with traditional music luminaries: The Chieftains,
Solas, Darol Anger, Dervish, Liz Carroll, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair
Fraser and Martin Hayes. His work re-imagines movement
as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that
appeals to both the eyes and the ears. Nic draws from many
percussive dance traditions to weave together a technique
in service of his love of improvisation, traditional footwork
vocabulary, and musical collaboration. Nic holds degrees in
anthropology and music from Central Michigan University
and recently completed his MA in ethnochoreology at the
University of Limerick.
16. Corrina Hewat
Corrina is Principal Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland. She also co-runs Scottish big band “The Unusual
Suspects” while also being one of the founders of the Harp
Village in Cromarty, musically directing with the British
Council, performing at Cambridge Folk Festival among
others, running a Song School at Celtic Connections, winning
a Women in Music award, and being commissioned to
compose new work for touring ensembles. She has designed
harmonysong.co.uk to run community-based singing courses
across the UK and was awarded Music Tutor of the Year 2013
in the Scots Trad Music Awards. She is also now in a newlyreformed ‘Shine’, who are touring and recording throughout
2014.
14. Maeve Gilchrist
Maeve was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Daughter
to an Irish mother and Scottish father she grew up immersed
in traditional folk music. At an early age she studied classical
piano, pedal harp and clarsach, and received a scholarship
from Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she is now
employed as a lever harp instructor. Credited as an innovator
on her native Celtic harp due to her uniquely chromatic way
of using the instrument, Maeve tours internationally both as
band leader and soloist, and in collaboration with a variety
of musicians spanning the new acoustic and improvisation
scenes.
17. Mandy Hunter
Mandy has been belly dancing for 20 years and teaching
for 18 years. She trained with world renowned professional
Fereshteh Hossieni amongst many other well-known
professional dancers. She dances mainly Egyptian style and
has appeared professionally in Scotland and Turkey and now
teaches regular classes on the Isle of Arran.
15. Rachel Hair
“One of the UK’s finest contemporary Celtic harpists and
tunesmiths” (Songlines), Rachel is a prominent performer
in the Scottish Traditional Music scene, having released
3 critically acclaimed albums. She has toured and taught
extensively throughout Europe, the USA and beyond, both
as a soloist and with her acclaimed trio “The Rachel Hair Trio.
Rachel teaches harp at the National Centre of Excellence
in Music at Douglas Academy and for the University of the
Highlands and Islands. She also journeys once a month to the
Isle of Man to teach harp and is at the forefront of the revival
of the use of harp in Manx music.
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18. Siân James
At an early age, Siân began learning piano, violin and harp,
discovering that composing, improvising and creating at the
piano and harp brought her enormous enjoyment. Her love
of traditional music has now become an integral part of her
very being, a wondrous force from which she cannot escape.
To date, Siân has released nine albums and has toured
extensively for many years, playing concerts in countries
as far as Japan and the US as well as all over Europe.
19. Olov Johannson
Many regard Olov as Sweden’s greatest craftsman on the
nyckelharpa. With his brilliant solo playing, as a member of
the group Väsen, and in his duo with Scottish harper, Catriona
McKay, he has been largely responsible for the explosion
of nyckelharpa playing that has been witnessed recently
in Sweden. Olov works actively to pass on his musical
inheritance, and has become a role model for many young
nyckelharpa players. He gives instruction both at The Eric
Sahlström-Institute and through the Royal Music College in
Stockholm. Olov has received many awards and scholarships
for his achievements as a musician.
20. Alison Kinnaird
Alison has been at the forefront of the revival of the harp
in Scotland. She is well known as a performer, teacher and
lecturer at home and abroad. She has published music
and history books and has recorded many albums which
particularly feature Scottish harp music. In 1997, Alison was
awarded the M.B.E. for services to Art & Music.
21. Andrew Lawrence-King
Is one of the world’s leading performers of Early Music
and the most recorded harpist of all time. Senior Research
Fellow at the University of Western Australia, Professor at
London’s Guildhall School and at the Royal Danish Academy
of Music, he investigates and teaches early harps, medieval
music-drama and baroque opera. His ensembles, The Harp
Consort and Il Corago combine state-of -the- art research
and period detail with stylish improvisation and entertaining
stage presentation. His most recent of many international
accolades is the Golden Mask, Russia’s highest music-theatre
award.
22. Nicolas Lynch-Aird
Nicolas has a doctorate in cybernetics and is an independent
research scientist and telecoms IT consultant. When his wife
took up the harp he was struck by the tuning problems faced
by harpists and thought that it would make an interesting
research project to see what could be done to keep the harp
in tune, or to at least reduce the tuning variation. That was
four and a half years ago, and he expects the project could
easily run for at least that long again.
23. Helen Macleod
Helen grew up in the west coast of Scotland and began
playing the Scottish harp when she discovered her love of
traditional music. Helen studied pedal harp at St. Mary’s Music
School in Edinburgh and then at the Royal Northern College
of Music in Manchester where she gained her Bachelor of
Music Degree in the Harp. She enjoys a busy freelance career,
performing with many distinguished groups, ranging in genre
from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to pop groups
such as Belle and Sebastian. In 2005, Helen formed the duo
‘Hoot’ with flautist Emma Wilkins and her most recent project
is the harp duo ‘Symmetry’ with her former teacher, Eira Lynn
Jones. Helen now teaches pedal harp and clarsach at her old
school, St. Mary’s Music School.
24. Anne Macdearmid
A highly respected clarsach teacher and an accomplished
singer, Anne’s performance displays her wide range and
knowledge of music and superb musicianship. She is a prolific
arranger, composer and tutor, and is equally well-known
as an adjudicator at festivals and The Royal National Mod.
For twenty-five years, she tutored the Heritage of Scotland
Summer School in Edinburgh.
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25. Alistair MacDonald
Alistair is a composer and performer, who has been working
with technology to explore and create sound since the
days of reel to reel tape recorders. Much of Alistair’s work
is collaborative; he has worked with performers, artists and
choreographers from different media and backgrounds, and
in different countries, and he makes work for performance,
broadcast and installation. Alistair is a member of
invisiblEARts, a group of Scottish based composers; teaches
composition and directs the Electroacoustic Studios at
the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, plays in
improvising duo, Strange Rainbow with Scottish harper,
Catriona McKay, and is a keen tango dancer.
28. Mary Macmaster
Recently inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of
Fame in 2013 as part of the duo Sileas, Mary is best known
for her pioneering work with the metal-strung clarsach and
the Camac electro-harp. She is also a fine singer of Gaelic
and English language songs. During the last thirty years she
has been at the forefront of the revival of the Scottish harp
and has been an ambassador for Scottish music, touring
throughout the world with Sileas, The Poozies and Donald
Hay. Mary has collaborated live and in the studio with many
wonderful musicians including, the pipe virtuoso, Kathryn
Tickell, English folk legend, Norma Waterson and the
amazing Sting.
26. Allan MacDonald
From Glenuig in Moidart, Allan is a world famous piper
and Gaelic singer. He has played at every major Celtic and
piping festival on the planet! His work as a scholar performer
reuniting seventeenth century piping with its Gaelic roots is
influencing a whole generation. In 1995 he presented a thesis
on the relationship between pibroch and Gaelic song to
the University of Edinburgh. He is also a composer, musical
director and lecturer on Gaelic music.
29. Karen Marshalsay
Karen is a master of traditional Scottish harp music,
specialising on three Scottish harps; wire and gut-strung
clarsachs, and bray harp. With a particular interest in pipe
music, playing with Allan MacDonald in his acclaimed pibroch
concerts, and for the National Piping Centre’s 2013 Ceòl na
Piòba concert, have been highlights in a career which has
seen Karen perform in the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
Previously clarsach tutor at the National Centre of Excellence
in Traditional Music, and wire and bray harp tutor at the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Karen published her Key
Techniques for Harp in 2012.
27. John MacDonald
John is a native Gaelic speaker from South Uist. He has
been tutoring adult Gaelic learners in Edinburgh over the
past four years.
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30. Eddie McGuire
Eddie’s wide ranging career as composer includes acclaimed
pieces such as A Glasgow Symphony (for NYOS); opera
The Loving of Etain; violin, viola, guitar, trombone concertos
and 3-act ballet Peter Pan (with over 120 performances by
Scottish Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet). His solo and ensemble
works include many using harp, for instance, preludes for
harp and clarsach, Harp Octet for the late Sanchia Pielou
(who gave him harp technique lessons), The Poet’s Return
(commissioned by Hannah Phillips) and Pieces of Eight for
The Clarsach Society’s sixtieth anniversary. He plays flute
with The Whistlebinkies and the Chinese group Harmony
Ensemble.
31. Catriona McKay
Catriona is a fearless explorer of the Scottish harp who
is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and
innovative style. She has a long standing duo with fiddle
genius, Chris Stout. They explore sounds that connect and
challenge through a bold and adventurous dialogue of their
native Scottish music. Catriona also plays in Shetland band,
Fiddlers’ Bid, with Swedish nyckelharper, Olov Johansson,
improvising duo, Strange Rainbow and the Glasgow
Improvisors Orchestra. Her latest contribution is a solo
CD of newly composed music highlighting her signature
harmonic and rhythm harp style. HARPONIUM combines
both the strength and delicacy of her harp with bold, warm,
characterful harmonium.
32. Isobel Mieras
One of Scotland’s most experienced and successful teachers,
Isobel has taught and influenced many of to-day’s Scottish
harp players. She enjoys arranging, composing and directing
na Clarsairean, the Scottish Harp Orchestra, and has taken
them to perform at three World Harp Congresses as well
as venues in Scotland. Isobel has worked for the Edinburgh
International Harp Festival and The Clarsach Society over
more than three decades, and was recently appointed
President. In 2012, she was inducted to the Scottish Traditional
Music Hall of Fame and received the Hamish Henderson
Award for services to traditional music.
33. Rachel Newton
A founder member of The Shee and the Emily Portman Trio,
Rachel is one of Scotland’s busiest folk musicians. As well as
being much in demand in her own field, having performed
with Karine Polwart, Macmaster/Hay and others, she has
also worked in theatre, winning a CATS Award for Best Use
of Music in 2009 with the Rowantree Theatre Company.
Rachel’s first solo album The Shadow Side was nominated
for ‘Album of the Year’ in the Scots Trad Music Awards
2012. Her second album Changeling, based on her Celtic
Connections New Voices commission, is due for release
later in 2014.
34. Annabel Oates
Brought up in Ross-shire, Annabel is a qualified teacher and
has been a ceilidh dance tutor for many years. Invitations to
tutor in America, Germany and France at various music and
dance festivals have given her the opportunity to introduce
Scottish Ceilidh Dance to many different cultures. For the
last twenty years Annabel, has been a freelance dance caller,
travelling the length and breadth of Scotland with various
dance bands, encouraging people to ‘get up and have a go’.
She has visited every venue imaginable from castles to village
halls – all with the intention of encouraging people, of all ages,
to enjoy dancing.
35. Steven Player
Steven is a dancer, musician, choreographer, actor, teacher
and lecturer, specialising in dance from the renaissance and
baroque periods. He has appeared worldwide with leading
period ensembles, including The Harp Consort and is
renowned for his spontaneous, humorous and highly
skilled performances.
36. Christine Primrose
From Carloway in the Island of Lewis, Christine has been
singing for as long as she can remember. She has toured in
America, Canada, Australia, Ireland and Europe. She is Head
of Gaelic Song at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic college
on the Isle of Skye, where she teaches short courses and
full-time classes on the BA (Hons.) Gaelic & Traditional Music
Programme. She has won many awards for her singing,
amongst them ‘Gaelic Singer of the Year’ at the Traditional
Music Awards in 2010.
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37. Fiona Rutherford
Fiona is from Edinburgh. She learned to play the harp with
Sophie Askew, Isobel Mieras and Savourna Stevenson. She
studied at The City of Edinburgh Music School and went
on to gain degrees in Composition at Dartington College of
Arts and Edinburgh University. She has written for theatre
and film, including acclaimed feature films The Inheritance
and The Space Between, and her instrumental pieces have
been performed by groups such as London Sinfonietta
and Mr McFall’s Chamber. Fiona was one of the New Voices
Composers at Celtic Connections 2012, and her new CD
Sleep Sound showcases her writing for nine piece ensemble.
40.Kathy Stewart
As an American who has lived in the Borders for thirty years,
Kathy is a singer-songwriter, composer, piano instructor,
performer and recording artist. Co-founder of Borders-based
Junior Acoustic Music, she continues to facilitate vocal
workshops for all ages and abilities and presently teaches
at Merlin Academy of Traditional Music in Melrose.
41. Wendy Stewart
Wendy’s relaxed but incisive style of teaching brings
praise and results in equal measure. Through her layered
arrangements and measured pace, she can bring a group of
mixed ability learners together in confident, relaxed harmony.
It’s been the usual mix of musical adventures this past year,
38. Patsy Seddon
Patsy, as part of the duo Sileas, was inducted into the Scottish from helping to start the most southerly Feis in Scotland and
teaching traditional song in local schools to bolstering her
Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2013. One of Scotland’s
community choir somewhere between tenor (ladies) and
most innovative harp players, she has also been part of the
soprano. A new solo CD and teaching book is planned for
groups The Poozies and Clan Alba and has recorded over
twelve CDs. Her latest project is the trio Madge Wildfire. Patsy the Spring!
is an active teacher including each EIHF (except the first), at
42. Bill Taylor
Feisean, at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Kodály
Bill is a specialist in the performance of ancient harp music
musicianship for NYCoS. She has an honours degree in Celtic from Ireland, Scotland and Wales and is one of very few
Studies and was Musician in Residence at the School
players investigating these repertoires on medieval gutof Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University.
strung harps, wire-strung clarsachs and Renaissance harps
39. Pete Sparkes
Pete has worked with Drake Music Scotland since 2005,
initially as an Associate Musician, then Education & Training
Officer. He was appointed as Artistic Director in December
2009. His particular specialism is working creatively with
children and adults with additional support needs – including
the use of music technology and other innovative tools
like Figurenotes notation. He was Education Officer of the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2002-2005. As a freelance
project leader he devised and delivered creative projects with
many different participant groups for various organisations
including: Drake Music Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish
Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Artlink Central and Jessie’s Fund.
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with buzzing bray pins. He is one of the foremost interpreters
of music in the Robert ap Huw manuscript and he has made
two solo recordings of this repertoire using historical harps.
Bill performs and teaches in the Highlands and works with
Ardival Harps in Strathpeffer. He performs and records with
Canty, Graindelavoix, Quadrivium and Sinfonye.
43. Clotilde Trouillaud
Clotilde has appeared as a performer and composer in
countless Festivals in her native Brittany since 1998. Inspired
by this experience, she now plays with the trio “Fileuses de
Nuit” (night spinners) and with other musicians at “Fest-Noz.”
(Night Parties). In 2011, she recorded her first solo album Solo
described by reviewers as being quiet and delicate but with
intensity and the capacity to surprise. She is a teacher in a
music school in Brittany and regularly performs and teaches
in France, across Europe, the United States and Japan.
44. Edward Witsenburg
The Doyen of Dutch harpists, Edward’s career spans more than sixty years.
He continues the tradition set forth by celebrated Dutch harpist, Rosa Spier,
famous for her expressive playing. After ten years in various symphony
orchestras he devoted himself to solo performing and to teaching at the
Royal Conservatoire in the The Hague for forty years and as Professor at the
Mozarteum in Salzburg for fourteen years. Now much sought after internationally
to teach and give masterclasses and concerts, he has made many recordings
using instruments from his private collection. For six years, Edward was Chairman
of the Dutch Harp Association. He was made a knight in the Order of OranjeNassau in recognition of his services to music. The Clarsach Society is proud to
have him as its Honorary Life Associate.
45. Heather Yule
Heather is an established harp teacher in Scotland. She has taught and
performed on the clarsach throughout Scotland and at various events in the
USA and Cape Breton, Canada. She also performs in Europe and North America
as a traditional storyteller, combining harp music and stories in a unique way.
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TIME TO RELAX
GABHAIL FOIS
The Festival programme offers a wealth of musical choices and perhaps you will want to indulge and
enjoy some relaxation through massage or relaxation therapy. Here’s what is available:
MASSAGE / TANA COLLINS
Bookings to be made at The Clarsach Society
Information Desk in the café.
Neck and Shoulders (optional arms/hands) –
popular with those whose tension is mainly in their
upper body. Musicians will benefit in particular as
will anyone with poor posture or emotional tension
which tends to sit in the shoulders.
Back, Neck and Shoulders – those with mid or
low back discomfort including sciatica sufferers
will benefit as will anyone who wants a relaxing or
stimulating full back work out.
Indian Head Massage – a real stress buster which
promotes clarity of thought and calm. No oils used
on head.
Neck and Shoulders with Indian Head Massage this seated massage is a wonderful combination.
No oils used on head.
Thai Foot Massage – a blissful experience benefiting
mind and body.
Rejuvenating Facial Massage – combines pressure
point work with lymphatic drainage to give that
youthful fresh-faced feel.
RELAXATION THERAPY - HOLISTIC PULSING /
MARIANNE CRANSTON
Bookings to be made at The Clarsach Society
Information Desk in café.
Holistic Pulsing is also known as the power of
gentleness. The specific rhythm, together with the
caring and respectful rocking and stretching invites
the body to let go of tensions and blockages from
deeper levels. Relaxation is the door to depth and
contact with your inner self. Holistic Pulsing doesn’t
impose anything, but invites the body to let go of
tensions at increasingly deeper levels, while you
are lying on a massage table. There is no need to
undress.
Your balance is restored and your body starts to
function better.
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Annette Lambourne
John Macleod
Mary Macmaster
Anthony Spiers
Laurina Strachan
Sheona Ure
4-9 April 2014
Accommodation
All prices are per room per night and include
breakfast
Laidlaw House
Single room, en-suite: £46.00
Double / Twin room, en-suite: £82.25
Note: Laidlaw House has 6 rooms adapted
for people with disabilities.
Shared Facilities Accommodation
Single room: £31.45
(rooms are not secure / no key available)
Booking form available on the reverse.
Completed forms should be sent to:
Alison Hanna, Merchiston Events & Hospitality,
Merchison, Castle School, 294 Colinton Road,
Edinburgh, EH13 0PU. Tel: +44 (0) 131 312 2258
Email: [email protected]
Venue information and access
There are steps to access Reception, the Memorial Hall
and Café. Due to the nature of campus buildings some
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Festival
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Eleanor Marshall
Administrative Assistant
Rachel Hair
Media and Merchandise
Katie Harrigan
Fundraising and Sponsorship
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A stairlift is available for wheelchair users to access
the Memorial Hall - please advise the Box Office
when booking. For more details or assistance
accessing other areas of the campus, please contact
us in advance of the Festival on +44 (0) 131 554 0212.
The Theatre is fully accessible. Accessible toilets
are located in the adjacent Napier and Robertson
buildings. Both buildings are locked at the close of
the Harpmakers’ Exhibition each day at 5:30/6:00pm.
If you require access after this time, please speak to
a member of our stewarding team.
Please advise the Box Office when booking if you
require a wheelchair space at one of our events.
Accessible accommodation is also available on
campus – please see adjacent note on
accommodation for booking details.
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Eat and drink
Merchiston - Booking Form
Festival Café - an array of tasty meals, snacks and
drinks are available daily – the perfect place to eat,
drink and chat with friends.
Harp Festival, 4 - 9 April 2014
Festival Bar & Late Night Sessions – our late night
sessions ensure there is even more music to enjoy
after our evening concerts. Bring your harp along
(or any other instrument!) or just relax with a
nightcap whilst soaking up the atmosphere.
Note: the Festival Bar and Late Night Session
will not open on Monday, 7 April.
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Harp store
DATES REQUIRED
Harps may be stored, at the owner’s risk, in the 6A
Club (opposite the Theatre Building). Information
will be provided at the Festival about access
arrangements. All instruments and cases must be
clearly named and insured by the owners. EIHF and
The Clarsach Society do not accept any responsibility
for loss or damage to any personal effects sustained
during the Festival.
Thursday 3rd April
Friday 4th April
Monday 7th April
Saturday 5th April
Tuesday 8th April
Sunday 6th April
Wednesday 9th April
ROOM REQUIREMENTS
Harp hire
LAIDLAW HOUSE EN-SUITE FACILITIES
Single Room B&B @ £46.00 per room per night
Twin Room B&[email protected] £82.25 per room per night
Double Room B&B @ £82.25 per room per night
NON LAIDLAW HOUSE SHARED FACILITIES
Single Room B&B @ £31.45 per room per night
Rooms not secure as no keys available
PAYMENT
Total cost
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per night
Total £
Payment method
I enclose a cheque for £
(cheques to Merchiston Castle School)
Credit / Debit Card:
Card type
Visa
Mastercard
Card number
Name on Card
A small stock of lever harps are available for hire at
the Festival. These are generally intended for those
coming from abroad who may have problems in
transporting a harp to the Festival. Bookings for harp
hire require to be made in advance and payment can
be made at the Festival Office on arrival. Call us on
+44(0)131-554 0212 or email [email protected]
for more details and bookings.
Private lessons and practice rooms
Private lessons are available from a wide range of
tutors and on all harps – details available during
the Festival. Cost £30 per hour. Practice Rooms
are available to students but must be pre-booked.
Bookings for lessons / practice rooms should be
made at The Clarsach Society Information Desk in
the café. Open 9am – 5pm daily during the Festival.
Stewarding
Stewards play an important role in the smooth
Maestrorunning of the Festival. Volunteer stewards are very
much welcomed! In return for stewarding events
complimentary vouchers are issued for concerts
or workshops (conditions apply). For further details
please email: [email protected]
Expiry date
Security code
34th Edinburgh International Harp Festival
Merchiston Events & Hospitality, Merchiston Castle School
Provisional dates 10 - 15 April 2015
294 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PU
Tel: +44(0)131 312 2258 Fax: +44 (0)131 441 6060
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Book online
www.harpfestival.co.uk
Book by phone
+44(0)131 473 2000
Book in person or by post
Hub Tickets, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE
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Illustration: © Luke Best / Heart
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