2016 and beyond…

Welcome to the Maleny Celtic Winter School. After 6 successful consecutive years the Winter School has decided to have a break. But only for this year. We plan to back in 2017 with a new format. The organising group is working on setting the Winter School up for a sustainable future. We have been gratified, not only by the response from participants to past events and also to interest in the future events. Our goal is to promote the appreciation, learning and performing of Celtic Music and to that end we seem to have succeeded to some degree. We now need to shore up the financial viability of the Winter School to ensure its future.

I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the event. Particularly John Thompson and Nicole Murray who organised and ran the Winter School for its first 5 years. They took a vague idea I had and turned it into a reality. It wouldn’t have happened at all without their skills, energy and dedication. Thanks also to Bob Dillon and Kerry Woods from Maleny Athletic And Cultural Association (MAACA) who have supported us with grants to fund scholarships for young musicians to attend our workshops. Also thanks to John McCormack who also assisted us financially in the early days.

We’ll keep everyone posted on our plans for next year as they emerge.

Steve Cook