When does the summer school start & finish?
2019: Summer school begins at 10am on Tuesday July 23, 2019, and ends on the evening of Sunday 28th July. Accommodation is booked Monday through Sunday.
Where is the summer school?
IT Sligo, Ballinode.
Where/when do we go on Tuesday Morning?
9:30am IT Sligo Main Concourse (The entrance near the giant fish!) !0am every other morning with the first workshop in the Aurivo auditorium unless otherwise announced.
What international airport is the nearest to Sligo?
The nearest international airport is Knock – which serves UK and a handful of European destinations. For other European travellers, we recommend flying to Dublin or UK and connecting by train to Sligo station. It is also possible to reach Sligo via Shannon airport but connections are more difficult without a car.
How far is Sligo from Dublin airport?
2:30 hours by road. 3 hrs by train (www.irishrail.ie), 3:30 by bus (buseireann.ie) from Connolly station plus a short bus trip connection to/from Dublin airport.
Is accommodation available, and if so, what type?
YES, in Benbulben Court apartments. All rooms are ensuite, with TV and WiFI. You book the accommodation directly with the providers this year as outlined here
How much is tuition?
We run an early bird discount each year, which applies to all who book and pay in full by the end of APRIL. Depending on when you bok the rate may differ. Early bird rates start at €350 concession rates for adults. Accommodation is extra and is booked directly with the provider, not via SJP.
How much does accommodation cost, and how is it done?
from €250 per room depending on the type of room.Instruction re booking accommodation are in the summer school accommodation section.
Does “Single” (or “Double”) Sharing Apartment mean you have a separate bedroom?
Yes, you just share a common kitchen with others. Your bedroom has a bathroom attached.
Does Benbulben Court supply towels and linen?
When can we check in to our accommodation?
From 3pm on Monday 22 July at Benbulben Court, Clarion Road Sligo. Turn in to main Clayton Hotel entrance avenue and then keep left, rather than turning right into the hotel car park, this road takes you around to the Benbulben Court - there is a reception/office there. If you arrive later, after office hours, please check the office door as there is 24 hour security and there will be somebody assigned to check you in even after hours, probably a phone number on the office door.
If I can get to Knock, on what days will somebody be able to pick me up and drop me off at the airport? And is there a charge for this service?
We usually have several arriving to knock on the Monday prior to the summer school start. Knock is only served by some UK airports. We can not guarantee pickup at Knock but if there are several participants/tutors arriving on the same flight it is possible. Exclusive pickups can cost up to €30 depending on driver availability. Beware: Taxis from Knock – Sligo can cost up to €100. There is an irregular bus service from Knock to Sligo. Check www.buseireann.ie or Knock airport website for more info.
I live outside of Ireland. Can I pay via Paypal or a credit card?
Please use our new shop on this website to book and pay your summer school fees by vredit card on Eventbrite, our paymnet provider.
Are there age limits?
We accept participants from 10 years old and upwards, with a recommended guideline of Grade 3 upwards (classical or rockschool grades). With regards the festival venues, there may be age restrictions on some late night events but most venues are very cooperative.
Can I send my child to the summer school unaccompanied?
No. Minors must be delivered/picked up by adults to/from the summer school, and accompanied in their accommodation, either by a parent, guardian or older sibling. The guardian must take charge of minors outside of workshops/masterclasses and accompany them to all concerts.