What a fabulous weekend we had!
This year we based our Festival at Casterton School. Our guest tutors were Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Cormac De Barra, who provided the opening concert "Double Strung" on the Friday evening at Casterton Church, featuring music of the baroque from Ireland and Europe, and music for harp duet, ancient and new. It was superb, and really provided an energy that remained for the duration of the festival!
Joining them over the weekend were Cumbrian teachers Jean Altshuler, Clare Bakewell and Mary Dunsford, and workshops were taught covering three different ability levels ensuring there was something for everyone.
This year's topics included:
Anne-Marie's Own Arrangements; Lever Fever; O'Carolan Music; Traditional Irish Dance Tunes; Early Music; French and Breton Songs; South American and Caribbean Tunes; Familiar Songs and Rounds; A workshop on Duets; A workshop on Group-Playing Enrichment.
In addition to all of the above, drumming expert Jane Bentley kindly joined us to run a pair of rhythm workshops, and we had such fun with our ceilidh on the Saturday evening with The Ceilidh Reunion Band!
It was lovely to see you all there! Thanks to everyone involved for making it the huge success it was! Hope to see you again at future HNW Summer Festivals!
Cormac De Barra
The Reunion Band
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