St Columba’s Midsummer Harp Course




Friday June 23rd – Sunday June 25th 2017

The Course

All ages and standards welcome, other than complete beginners. The course is intended to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for the non-pedal harp in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

This year’s course runs from Friday June 23rd to Sunday June 25th.  Arrival will be from 4pm on the Friday, and the course ends at 4pm on the Sunday.

Course fees cover all accommodation, meals, and tuition:
Clarsach Society members: £275 / non members £295 / under 18 or non player £205

Course attendees will be divided into two groups, according to playing experience, and each group will have a number of teaching sessions with each of the two tutors.
A detailed timetable will be available at the start of the course.  Where appropriate/applicable music will be sent in advance.


The venue for the course is St Columba’s House, Woking, Surrey.  St Columba’s House was built as a retreat house in the 1960’s, and underwent major reburbishment which was completed in 2009.  It offers a quiet, peaceful environment, with home-cooked food and excellent meeting room and bedroom accommodation.  St Columba’s is easily accessible from the M4 or M25, or by rail – Woking train station is a mile away.

All the bedrooms are single ensuite rooms.

Vegetarian and other diets can be catered for.


This year we are pleased to welcome Lily Neill and Lucy Bunce as our tutors.

Lily Neill earned a 1st Class Honours degree in Irish Music and Dance from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  She produces the Harp Quarterly, which is issued four times a year by email to subscribers, and is filled with technique exercises, arrangements to help build a diverse repertoire, music history, theory exercises and more.  The impetus for Lily Neill’s Harp Quarterly came from her work with students of all ages and abilities across the globe in conservatory, workshop and masterclass settings.

Lily taught a successful and enjoyable workshop for the London & South-East branch of the Clarsach Society last year, and we are looking forward to welcoming her as a tutor at St Columba’s.

Lucy Bunce studied for a music degree at King’s College London before moving to Cambridge with her husband, Robin. Here, she studied Music Therapy at Anglia University, before teaching at King’s College School, Cambridge and then working as Director of Music at St. Faith’s School in Cambridge. Having left full-time teaching in December 2014 Lucy now divides her time between performing and recording;  teaching; and directing choirs.


A booking form can be downloaded here.

More Information

Please contact us if you have any questions about the course, or want to know about the possibility of hiring a harp for the course.