Founded by Theo Wyatt in 1971, the Irish Recorder and Viol Course has offered a warm welcome and a wide repertoire of music to players of recorder, viol and other early instruments for over 40 years.
Is this course for me?
If you are a competent recorder or viol player, well able to hold your own in a one-to-a-part consort without supervision you will fit the course perfectly. If you have doubts about this, please feel free to contact us for further information. Those participants who are found to have seriously overestimated their abilities in this respect may, for the sake of the other players, be asked to sit out the one-to-a-part sessions.
Where is it held?
In a classic Irish Country House, now run as a residential learning centre by the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. An Grianán (“The Sunny Place”) is set in its own beautiful grounds, a short walk from the beach. Its staff are legendary for the warmth of their welcome – and the quality of the soda-bread they bake fresh every day!
What is the accommodation
There are single-study and shared bedrooms in the main house and its annexe, and twin rooms in three luxury bungalows set back from the main drive to the house.
How do I get there?
An Grianán is in the village of Termonfechin, about 30 miles from Dublin. If you arrive in Dublin by air, a special chartered coach will collect you from the airport at 4.00pm on Saturday 13th August, and deliver you to the airport by 9.00am on Saturday 20th August for your flight home. To ensure a seat on the coach you will need to book this in advance on the application form. We will also send you rail and scheduled bus times from Dublin to nearby Drogheda rail and bus stations before the course. There is ample car parking on the site.
What does the course cost?
The total cost for a player is €695; the total cost for a non-player is €655. These fees include a non-returnable booking fee of €50/£50 which must be included with your application form.
What do I need to bring?
Your instruments and a music stand (clearly labelled). The course has a large library of music for you to use but you are very welcome to bring any works you would particularly like to study. If you have trouble transporting large instruments (for example, a bass viol) a limited number may be available to borrow – please check with us beforehand.
Can non players come?
There will be a limited number of places for non-playing partners and children. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. They may come as players if fully able to hold their own with adults.