Harp Classes

 Harp Classes Jan-June 2020

catherine_rhatiganCatherine gives lessons in Eglisau, in a small group, or one to one.

If you would like to book a lesson, have a look at the schedule below and contact her with a time that would suit you. Times allocated on a first come first served basis.

The lessons are located approx 7 minutes walk from HUNTWANGEN-WIL train station, (NOT Eglisau), on a level road where you can easily wheel your harp, or you may borrow a Camac harp of Catherine’s.  The station is served by two trains per hour from Zurich/Bulach/ Schffhausen

If you are interested, please get in touch with Catherine through the contact page of the site, and Catherine will get back to discuss your lesson.

Generally students book a block of 6 lessons, each lesson lasting 90 minutes, once a month, whenever you want to have them. This gives plenty of time to learn by ear  and get familiar with the tune. If you have to cancel or change the lesson time, that can be done without charge. A block of 6 lessons  of 90 minutes each booked in advance costs 450 CHF

You can of course, book a single lesson for 60 minutes or longer at the rate of 60 CHF per hour.

These classes are designed to teach Celtic, and in particular the music of Ireland, in the ancient aural tradition, learning by ear. The tune is played, the student watches, listens, and copies;  student and teacher play together.   At the end of the lesson, you can have the sheet music, and the main focus of the learning is to learn by ear and get the music in your head.

Below are the available private class times free on one Tuesday and one Saturday each month, normally 3 private slots per day.  As these times book, they will be removed from the timetable. If nothing on the schedule suits you, drop a mail and we can hopefully sort Backup / Restore out another time.

If you have any other questions, feel free to drop a mail, in English or in German.

Below are the slots still free for the coming months.

WORKSHOPS: Catherine has organised group workshop sessions with visiting tutors in the past, and hope to set up another in the near future. The details will be posted onsite.



No available places


Saturday 28th  12.00 – 13.30 / 14.00 – 15.30

Thursday 26th  10.00 – 11.30 / 12.00 –  13.30 /   15.00 – 16.30   


Saturday 18th    12.00 –  13.30 /   15.00 – 16.30

Thursday  23rd    10.00 – 11.30 / 12.00 –  13.30 /   15.00 – 16.30


Thursday  23rd    10.00 – 11.30 / 12.00 –  13.30 /   15.00 – 16.30

Saturday 30th     12.00 –  13.30 /   15.00 – 16.30


Thursday  23rd    10.00 – 11.30 / 12.00 –  13.30 /

Saturday 27th      12.00 –  13.30 /   15.00 – 16.30

text1Catherine Rhatigan has been teaching for more than 20 years and has a strong repertoire of authentic tunes from which to choose in her lessons. She has taught in the U.S and Europe, and most recently gave a special week long course in 18th century Irish music at the O Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue, Ireland in 2016. She has taught at Celtic Days at Lake Constance with Kora Wuthier, and several times at Autour la Harpe Celtique in Vevey, Switzerland.  In 2019 she taught several classes in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

1 Response to Harp Classes

  1. Antje Jensen says:

    Could you send me your ok at: [email protected]

    041 240 47 37.


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