Summer Harping: Be in with a chance to attend Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2024

Summer Harping

Be in with a chance to attend Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2024

Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland, in partnership with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, is pleased to sponsor two harpers to attend the Willie Clancy Summer School to support the rapidly growing interest in Irish harping at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy; the week-long traditional music summer school in Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare, taking place this year between 6th and 14th of July.

During this week, harpers will be exposed to the finest harp teachers, traditional musicians, recitals and concerts, making for an immersive learning experience. “The harp recital at the summer school has become a major attraction for the general public and is 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” said Harry Hughes, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Director. “We are very happy to support the attendance of Irish harpers and to acknowledge the very positive work being done by both organisations”.

“Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland’s ongoing partnership with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy offers an opportunity for harpers to learn from master musicians and to develop their own creative practice as we strive to safeguard and nurture the harping tradition here, whilst ensuring that accessibility to harp tuition is available to all”, said Lauren Ní Néill, CÉHI’s CEO. “The two lucky recipients will immerse themselves within the living tradition at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, as we support and strengthen a vibrant, new generation of harpers.” You can find out more about Scoil Samhraidh                                                                                                      Willie Clancy at


How to Apply:

We welcome applications on an all-island basis, and applicants should be over the age of 11. Recipients must also look after their own accommodation. Selection criteria will be based on style, musicality and general approach.

To apply, please submit:

  • A letter clearly marked ‘Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy’ to telling us why you should be considered;
  • Two contrasting pieces (one of which must be a harpers’ tune) in .MOV or .MP4 format.


The deadline for applications is 5.30pm, Friday 3rd May 2024.

Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion or socio-economic background. We are eager that submissions reflect the diversity of harping throughout Ireland.

Grant recipients will be announced on Wednesday 5th June 2024.