Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music
31st July - 4th August 2017

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MUSIC MASTERCLASSES

The team of international tutors is made up of master performers with proven track records as teachers and educationalists. The primary means of teaching and learning is ‘by ear’ with an emphasis in the less experienced classes of assisting pupils to develop oral/aural skills in addition to instrumental competency and developing core repertoire.

  • Classes take place Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm at Ulster University Belfast Campus on York Street.
  • Classes are designed for intermediate to advanced (minimum 2 years instrument experience) adults and children over 6 years of age with exception of the Traditional Singing Classes, Fiddle Classes and unless specifically titled a 'Beginners Class'. See individual classes for full details. 
  • Fee includes admission to all programme events with exception of evening concerts and the Trad Trail.

Drumming with Stephen McWhirter

Drumming with Stephen McWhirter

95.00

Classes take place Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm at Ulster University Belfast Campus.

This class is designed for Intermediate to Advanced adults and children over 6 years of age.

Fee includes admission to all programme events with exception of evening concerts. 

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Steven began drumming in 1993 at the age of 10, with initial lessons from his father, Dessie. Steven joined the local Cullybackey Pipe Band in 1994, receiving snare instruction from Adrian Hoy. During his time under Adrian’s instruction Steven won many Juvenile and Junior solo competitions including the Worlds Juvenile section one on two occasions. In 1995 Steven progressed into the snare line where he remained until Cullybackey won the Grade 2 World Drumming title in 2001. It was then that J. Reid Maxwell approached him to join the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Vancouver, Canada. Between the years of 2002 – 2008 he travelled from his home in Northern Ireland to compete, teach and perform with the band in British Columbia, Canada. September 2008 saw the next chapter of Steven’s drumming career develop when he and World renowned piper, Stuart Liddell joined forces to take the Inveraray & District Juvenile program into Grade 2.
Some highlights of Steven’s drumming career have been winning the World Solo Drumming Championships in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014, the Grade 1 World Drum Corps Championship in 2004 & 2008 along with the World Pipe Band Championships in 2008 with SFU Pipe Band. Winning the Grade 2 World Pipe Band Championships as leading drummer of Inveraray & District Pipe Band in 2009 was the ultimate highlight to date…. the drumming title was just the icing on the cake!