What’s involved

Open to musicians of 13 years of age or over on Jan 1st 2018.
Students live and breathe music for a week under expert guidance.

Everyone experiences:

Arrangement workshops
Composition workshops
Trad Orchestra
Various other activities
Finale Concert in The Limetree Theatre

During the week, students also attend concerts given by tutors and other
artistes and various workshops and presentations. All meals supplied on

General infomation

Advanced players only!
The instrumental workshops cater for players of various abilities but they are not suitable for beginners. Players need to have at least four years of experience and be able to play reels at dance tempo with ornamentation. All must send a recording with their application so that we can grade you into appropriate classes beforehand. Meitheal is tough going. Don’t come unless you have a trad music obsession!

Will I enjoy the sessions?
At Meitheal, students are so busy that sessions tend to be of limited duration squeezed between various activities or for an hour before bed. However, they provide a great opportunity for social mixing and enjoyment.

How big will the workshops be?
There is an upper limit of around 10 in all workshops, but most are smaller. Enrollments are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so please apply before March 30th to ensure your place. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel individual workshop options if we have not had sufficient applicants by the closing date. Should this occur, you will be offered a full refund or a place in an alternative workshop.

What will we be working towards?
Students appear in several minor events during the week and also perform with tutors in the Finale Concert in the Limetree Theatre.

As usual, this year’s students will be involved in several events during the week and also perform with tutors in the Finale Concert. Padraic O’Reilly will arrange this year’s suite for the Meitheal Orchestra.  He is one of the leading trad piano players in the country, both as a soloist and accompanist. He is a member of Boffin to Burren, is the founder of Corofin Traditional Festival and also of the newly formed Clare Youth Trad Orchestra.  He is widely respected for his teaching work over the last 20 years, particularly his work with young bands, groups and orchestras.