Willie Week links up with Harp Ireland

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and Cruit Éireann/Harp Ireland have established a new partnership to support the rapidly developing interest in Irish harping at the annual summer school.

Cruit Éireann is to award a scholarship for Irish harpers to attend the school’s harp workshops, which have been a feature of the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy since 2007. Led by Kathleen Loughnane and supported by a line-up of renowned harper tutors, the workshops have grown in popularity in recent years.

“The harp recitals at the summer school have become a major attraction for the general public and are now considered one of the highlights of the week’s programme of events while the number of students participating has grown steadily since we began in 2007,” explained SSWC Drector, Harry Hughes. “This initiative to incentivise attendance by Irish harpers and to acknowledge the very positive work being done by both organisations is timely and we are delighted to be part of it”.

“Irish harping is now firmly integrated in the Irish traditional music world and recognised and celebrated internationally because of the excellence of its harpers and its UNESCO status. We welcome this opportunity” said Aibhlín McCrann, Chair of Cruit Éireann/Harp Ireland (pictured above). “The collaboration between Cruit Éireann/Harp Ireland and Scoil Samhraidh Wille Clancy will ensure that harp studies and practice will remain central to the Irish traditional music heritage so effectively reflected by Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, and it will operate to our mutual benefit” she added.

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