Director's Report - Scoil na gCláirseach 2014
|Director Siobhán Armstrong, |
Assistant Director Simon Chadwick,
and Lecturer Karen Loomis
|Young students studying diligently!|
Our 21 enthusiastic students came from three continents: from Kilkenny people to visitors from Japan. We had teenagers to retired people, total beginners to professional performers, graded in classes appropriate to them.
Highlights of the year for me included Karen Loomis's lecture on her latest work on the Queen Mary and Lamont harps at the National Museum of Scotland; Thomas Zapf's demonstration of his working replica of the chromatic Irish 'Cloyne' harp and Simon Chadwick's talk on what he had uncovered about the life and music of 18th century Scottish harper-composer, Raghnall Mac Ailein Òig. You can see the complete timetable of events here:
|The public concert in the Chapter |
House of St Mary's Cathedral
To get a flavour of the 2014 summer school, have a look at our photo album here: http://www.irishharpschool.com/2014/photos/ You can also visit us at http://www.irishharp.org, where you can see the lovely promo short that cinematographer Carlo d'Alessandro and the Scottish company, Siubhal, put together about our summer school.
|Ann Heymann leads a workshop|
I would like to thank the following people for their help and support:
An Comhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council who have financially supported us through their Festivals scheme; Music Network and The Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who have funded the purchase of harps for us this year; our generous patron Jane Carter; and our other supporters and Society members, who kindly support our work. Our complete Members, Supporters and Patrons list can be visited here:http://www.irishharp.org/patrons.htm
I would like to thank Philip Edmondson and Kilkenny School of Music for our summer school venue and John O’Neill and St. Mary’s Cathedral for hosting our Kilkenny concert.
I would also like to give my most heartfelt thanks to the HHSI team behind our summer school and concert series: HHSI Hon. Sec. and Scoil Assistant Director, Simon Chadwick; Sylvia Crawford, our treasurer and administrative assistant, and our PR officer, Natalie Surina.
Maura Uí Chróinín of Galway Early Music has our gratitude for the lovely concert poster design she made for us.
Our thanks also go to John Elwes and Oisín Hahessy for their kind logistical help. Finally, I would like to thank each student and auditor who joined us in Kilkenny, making the whole week possible.
Director, Scoil na gCláirseach—Summer School of Early Irish Harp