Are you a cellist?

Come and enjoy a one day Irish Cello workshop to learn fast and slow tunes, and develop an authentic stylistic approach to Irish Music for the cello. Play with other cellists, have a chance for direction on a solo air. The workshop is for players of all levels of experience from approximately grade 5 up to diploma level. Please contact Ilse if you have any queries about your ability for the workshop.

What is the One Day Workshop All About?

The morning session will cover how to play Slides and Polkas in a traditional Irish style. You will learn these tunes in ‘sets’ of 2 or 3. Working on these tunes we will cover ornamentation, bowing techniques, and a rhythmic approach to Irish music. We will also focus on the relaxed and loose arm needed for playing traditional music.

The afternoon session we will work through a slow Irish Air and you will learn how to create your own arrangements with embellishment, variation, drones, experimental techniques and rhythmic ideas.

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Keep in touch to get information on the June 2020 Irish Cello Retreat;


Or learn Irish Airs for Solo Cello in a magnificent online course. “The clarity and detail of Ilse’s instruction is top notch. It is not just about the right notes and bowings but how to harness your instrument to create that haunting emotion that airs are known for”


 Ilse de Ziah’s award winning music documentary film Living the Tradition is now available to buyWatch the trailer here

“Nowhere else can you find the stories of such stirring music told better than by this amazing cellist and this astounding filmmaker.” tradconnect

Join the mailing list to get special offers at Ilse de Ziah’s online shop Play Cello Music. Digital downloads of her beautiful solo cello arrangements and compositions including the book Irish Airs for Solo Cello, Easy Irish Cello and Trad on Cello;


“cleverly modern arrangements can only be seen as a ray of light after the storm cloud that has been over our native songs” goldenplec (Irish music review site)

“a gem glistening with grace and sparkle” Munster Express