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Introduction to the Harp 

Saturday 4th Dec 2021
10am to 1pm
€ 70

We are delighted to announce that we will host a Harp Introductory workshop.

This workshop will be for complete beginners suitable for both adults and children. A harp will be provided for each participant.


Have you ever thought about learning the harp? Then this could be your opportunity to experience this beautiful instrument under the guidance of  acclaimed Harpist Niamh Columb  and the Niamh Harp Academy.


Niamh has toured  extensively as a solo artist and also with the Irish Harp Orchestra directed by internationally known harpist Dr. Janet Harbison. More recently Niamh is resident harpist in Lough Rynn Castle, Co. Leitrim and entertains tourists in Dromoland and Kilronan Castle.

Niamh is also a registered Harp teacher with the Royal Irish Academy.


10am Tea/Coffee on arrival


10.15   Introductions, meet and greet


10.30 Theory, History, Exploring the Harp and Harp techniques


11.30 Mini break for some non alcoholic mulled wine and mince pies. Hot chocolate and cookies for younger adults


11.45 Hands on interaction.


12.00 Learn a Christmas Tune


12.30 The session with conclude with a festive ensemble and solo performance by Niamh



The workshop will take place in the beautifully restored stable outbuildings of Coolamber House.

The cosy log burning stove simmering with non alcoholic mulled wine and mince pies and hot chocolate for young adults will create a stunning atmosphere for this beautiful Harp Workshop.


If you’ve ever contemplated playing the harp then this workshop will certainly give you the opportunity to experience the instrument. A lap harp will be provided for everyone. Spaces are limited and booking is essential to secure your place.


A interesting coincidence ..


Turlough O’Carolan was a blind Irish harpist and composer who lived from 1670-1738.  His great fame is due to his melodic composition. He is aIso considered one of the last Irish Harpist - Composers. 

He wrote a very well known tune for the daughter of the original owners of Coolamber House, Grace Nugent who lived here in Coolamber.

The piece is called Grace Nugent and despite its age has a very contemporary and cosmopolitan feel.

As a tribute Niamh will play 'Grace Nugent' during the workshop which will be  a very fitting tribute given the connection to Coolamber and Grace and also that we can assume has not been played here since the 1700's.

We look forward to welcoming you to Coolamber House!