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Old 09-05-2019, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default Celtic Arts Winter School


Iím looking for feedback on the school from people whoíve attended in the past. Organization, class size, instruction, food, and accommodations. Anyone signed up for 2020?
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Celtic Arts Winter School

The only negative thing I ever hear is that itís a bit pricy compared to some of the other options out there, but when you look at the instructor lineup I believe itís a great deal and definitely worth every penny! Most schools like this have one or two big name instructors and then the rest are lesser known players, but at winter school every instructor is top notch.

For the school itself, the CAF is a great organization, the staff is phenomenal, the location is perfect for this type of event, and even the food is good (itís not a fancy French restaurant good of course, but itís well made and there is plenty).

Iíve been going for years now, and Iím just one of many that show up year after year. If you have any specific questions send me a pm, but if your thinking about going, sign up quick, my understanding is that the on-site housing is almost full. You can always stay near by, but that makes getting home after the parties, sessions, and ceilidh much harder than just walking back to your room (even if you do occasionally have cross the swinging bridge on your way ).
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: Celtic Arts Winter School

I went for the first time last year and it exceeded expectations.

It is very well run. Class sizes are good, not too big with enough folk to make it fun, and intimate enough for plenty of individual feedback (Hi Jesse). Classes are also grouped by playing ability. Instruction - have you seen the tutor list? All at least double gold medalists & one fresh of his win at the Northern Meeting! Food and accommodation are all good and plentiful. I think the venue is doing some updating to it's facilities so space is limited this year by that. The social aspect of it is nice too with sessions, informal recitals, and the ceilidh.

All in all a great experience for any piper (or drummer).
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