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Scottish Harp Grades

We are pleased to announce that for the second year running Scottish Harp grades will take place in Inverness on Saturday the 28th of September. Up until last year these exams had not taken place in the Highlands so we are delighted that the number of people learning this instrument has increased to the point we are able to offer this. The location is to be confirmed but this will be circulated to members once booked along with being advertised on here and our branch facebook page. 

To book your place click on the link below:

https://rcs.paritor.com/Registration/Booking/550-7550?servicetype=7 

 

If you would like more information on these grades go to the RCS website below:

https://www.rcs.ac.uk/traditional-music-graded-exams/syllabuses/scottish-harp/

 

Or if you have any further questions contact Emma Walton at TMGE@rcs.ac.uk.

 

 

Presentation and Workshops with Bill Taylor

We are delighted to off a Historical Harp Workshop with Bill Taylor on Saturday, 1st June at Inverness Ice Centre (2 Bught Dr, Inverness, IV3 5ST). This will take place upstairs in the building, access via stairs or lift. This will take place between 1pm and 5pm - see explanation below for what this exciting afternoon entails. 

• Presentation about harps played in Scotland from the early Middle Ages through to the early 18th century, with live musical illustrations 
• Learn how to make horsehair strings, one of the possible stringing options for medieval Scottish harp makers, along with gut and metal
• Playing session for harp players at all levels, with all kinds and sizes of harps. Learn some tunes suitable for harps from earlier times.

Bill is a specialist in the performance of ancient harp music from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He performs and teaches internationally, both as a soloist and with several ensembles. He works with Ardival Harps in Strathpeffer and teaches through Fèis Rois.

Workshop Format 1/6/19:
12.45: arrive
1-2pm historical presentation with live music
2-3.30 making horsehair strings
3.30-3.45 break
3.45-5pm playing session

Costs
1pm - 2pm lecture only: £10
2pm - 5.30pm: string workshop + playing workshop: £15
Whole Afternoon combined: £20

To book a place and in case of any queries please email our secretary:
Kirsty North: kirsty_north2@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

Harp workshops 2019



Once again we are beginning  the year with harp workshops in Inverness culminating in a concert at the RNI Chapel.  There will be two classes at each workshop date, for elementary and more advanced players of allages. Concerts 1 and 3 will be lead once again by local tutors Cheyenne Brown and Isbel Pendlebury. This year we are delighted to invited branch treasurer and tutor Emma Wright and Skye based tutor Eilidh Macleod to lead workshop 2. The cost is £10 to clarsach society members and £15 to non members, payable at the start of each workshop.  Please do invite family and friends to the concert.  Donations at the door, to Highland Branch.

Workshop 1

  • When: Sunday 27th January 2019
  • Tutors: Cheyenne Brown and Izzie Pendlebury
  • Venue: Ice Centre, Bught Park, Inverness IV3
  • Timing:  1.30-5pm.  There will be a short break 3-3.30pm.

The café will be open for drinks and snacks. The rooms we will be using are available to us from 1pm to allow time
for us to tune our  harps and get ourselves organised into groups.

Workshop 2

  • When: Sunday 24th February 2019
  • Tutors: Emma Wright and Eilidh MacLeod
  • Venue: Ice Centre, Bught Park, Inverness IV3
  • Timing: 1.30-5pm.  There will be a short break 3-3.30pm.

The café will be open for drinks and snacks. The rooms we will be using are available to us from 1pm to allow time
for us to tune our  harps and get ourselves organised into groups.

Workshop 3

  • When: Sunday 24th March 2019
  • Tutors: Cheyenne Brown and Izzie Pendlebury
  • Venue: Ice Centre, Bught Park, Inverness IV3
  • Timing: 1.30-3pm.

The café will be open for drinks and snacks. The rooms we will be using are available to us from 1pm to allow time
for us to tune our  harps and get ourselves organised into groups.

Concert
Sunday 24th March 2019
Concert 4-5.30pm
Note there is plenty of parking at the RNI chapel.


To book a place and in case of any queries please email our secretary:
Kirsty North:  kirsty_north2@hotmail.co.uk

If you would like to learn a bit more about our tutors see their website below:

http://cheyenneharp.com/

http://www.isbelpendlebury.com/

https://www.highlandharpist.scot/bio

 

Skye Clarsach Day

October 2018

As a branch we represent the entirety of the Highlands and have been working on how we can better offer events across the region. We are delighted to be able to offer a selection of workshops for elementary, intermediate and advanced players along with a come and try session taking place in Portree High School in Skye this October. Workshops are being taken by Skye based Eilidh MacKenzie and Kirsty Yoxon however we are also excited that the fabulous Freya Thomson is able to join from Dundee. Freya will be performing a solo concert inbetween workshops which is open to all so even if you aren't a harp player do come along for some good music!

This is a really great opportunity for current clarsach players wanting to learn any new tunes, people who have always wanted to try the instrument or anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxing hour of music from Freya. 

To book, email or phone Cheyenne Brown at http://info@cheyenneharp.com or 07791018761.

 

 

 

Come-And-Try Harp Session!

September 2018


We are delighted to offer a second come and try event this September in Dingwall Community Centre. If you have always wanted to try the harp, this free event is the perfect opportunity. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Harps to try will be provided. 

Saturday 29th September, 1pm and 2.15pm sessions.

Dingwall Community Centre (Dingwall Community Centre, Old Academy Buildings, Tulloch Street, Dingwall, IV15 9JZ).

To book, email or phone Cheyenne Brown at http://info@cheyenneharp.com or 07791018761.


 

 

2018 Clarsach Workshops

Once again we are delighted to be kickstarting the year with a series of three workshops taking place from January to March. The workshops will once again be led by our committee members Cheyenne Brown and Isbel Pendlebury who will take turns with each group. To find out more about these tutors do visit their websites below:

http://cheyenneharp.com/

http://www.isbelpendlebury.com/

To book or for more information contact our Secretary Helen Skuodas 'skuodas.helen@gmail.com' 

Mob 07784 434728 

 

Location:

First two workshops:  Inverness Ice Centre, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SR.

Final workshop and concert: Chapel at RNI Community Hospital, Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5SF

Dates:

Sunday 28th January

Sunday 25th February

Sunday 25th March

Times:

For the first two workshops the Ice Centre workshop rooms will be available from 1pm for tuning your harp and dividing into two groups (please let Helen know if you need to borrow a harp?).

1.30pm - 3pm:  First workshop

3pm - 3.30pm:  Break (the Ice Centre cafe will be open for drinks and snacks).

3.30pm - 5pm:  Second workshop

Cost:

The workshops will be subsidised by Highland Branch.  Cost to Highland Branch members will be £10 per afternoon.  Non members will be charged £15 per afternoon.

After the final workshop and informal concert will be held at the lovely RNI chapel. This will give the groups a chance to share the music they have learnt along with giving attendees and anyone else opportunity to hear the tutors perform. Should anyone else wish to perform a set they will be more than welcome!

 

 

South Uist Harp Course

Held in Dalabrog in July the Ceolas summer school offers expert tuition in a range of instruments, dancing and gaelic language. The fantastic Ingrid Henderson will be teaching the clarsach throughout this week so make sure you don't miss out! Click on link the links below to find out a bit more about Ingrid and to book yourself a place.

http://www.oldlaundryproductions.com/ingrid.htm

http://www.ceolas.co.uk/events/sgoilshamhraidh/

 

 

Clarsach Society Concert

Following on from our successful workshops over the last few months we will be holding a small concert in the RNI chapel in Inverness. You will get to hear performances from tutors Cheyenne Brown and Isbel Pendlebury, a few tunes from workshop participants along with some other talented performers.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Come and try Session with Cheyenne Brown

The acclaimed Cheyenne Brown will be holding two 'come and try' sessions at the Inverness Ice centre on Saturday the 21st of January 2017. 

If you have always wanted to try the clarsach here is your chance! All clarsachs will be provided and no experience is necessary. These sessions are open to all ages and are free of charge!

To book contact Cheyenne on info@cheyenneharp.com or 07791018761

Want to find out more about Cheyenne have a look on her website, http://cheyenneharp.com/

 

 

 

Clarsach workshops

 

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player you are invited to join us in a series of three workshops with acclaimed harpists Isbel Pendlebury and Cheyenne Brown.

                                    

http://www.isbelpendlebury.com/

http://cheyenneharp.com/

This first workshop is taking place on the afternoon of Sunday the 22nd of January at the Inverness Ice centre. You will get the chance to work with both tutors over the course of the afternoon as attendees will be split into two groups depending on ability.

The next two sessions will be held on Sunday the 26th of Febuary and Sunday the 19th of March. These workshops will be followed by a concert where you will get to hear Cheyenne and Isbel in action. The concert is also open to anyone else who wishes to perform, all are welcome to attend! 

There will be a small fee for attending these fantastic workshops, £10 for clarsach society members and £15 for non members.

If you would like to take part or have any other questions don't hesitate to email our secretary, Helen Skuodas:  skuodas.helen@gmail.com

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

  

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