IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL SUMMER SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY and don’t forget to PRINT directions if you need them.
First, please read the FAQ on the website!
YOUR ARRIVAL IN SLIGO: Monday July 18th will be a very busy day for us as we pick up tutors from various airports and get the school ready for the week’s events, so please make your own way to Benbulben Suites. For those of you flying to Knock/Ireland West airport, please let us know your arrival time in case there may be a driver going there with room. From Knock/Ireland West, a taxi to Sligo is very expensive and buses, though several times daily, are infrequent.
Benbulben Suites: See the map on our website the accommodation is Benbulben Suites on the top of the map. You can check in at the Benbulben Suites reception nearby, after 3pm on Monday 18th July. If you are arriving late there should be staff on duty 24 hrs, so stick around if you don’t see them immediately, as the night security person may be moving around the area.
DIRECTIONS These directions are to BENBULBEN SUITES not the school. If you are arriving by bus or train, it’s about 20-25 mins walk or €6-7 by taxi. To walk, just turn left out of the train/bus station, through 2 sets of lights including the main dual carriageway, keep straight to city centre (5 mins walk), past Gaiety Cinema, post office on left. After the post office you’ll go over a bridge – best to cross the road at pedestrian junction and cross the bridge on the right hand side of the road – (glasshouse hotel on left). Where the one-way traffic system veers left, go straight on instead of following the traffic and straight on also at the next junction. This brings you up the Mall, past the Model Niland on the left and eventually past Sligo General Hospital. When you get to the bottom of the hill after the hospital go straight through those lights and you will see the Sligo IT go past this and turn left at the next left junction – Clarion Road – turn right into the Clarion Hotel entrance and take the first left, signposted for Benbulben Suites.
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If travelling by road: FROM the EAST (N4 from the direction of Knock, Dublin or Galway):
Drive all the way to the end of the new dual carriageway city centre bypass (through several sets of lights, keeping city centre on right) and straight through the lights at the bridge (in the direction of Donegal), then drive straight through the first set of traffic lights after the bridge. Then keep in RIGHT lane and take the RIGHT turn at the next set of lights (sign for Clarion Hotel). Go straight through the small roundabout to the next lights (past Institute of Technology on left). TURN LEFT at the next set of lights opposite petrol station. Go past the Sligo IT and turn left at the next left junction – Clarion Road – turn right into the Clarion Hotel entrance and take the first left, signposted for Benbulben Suites.
FROM THE NORTH (Donegal/Derry): When you get to the first main set of lights as you approach Sligo TURN LEFT (sign for Clarion Hotel). Go straight through the small roundabout to the next lights (past Institute of Technology on left). TURN LEFT at the next set of lights opposite petrol station. Go past the Sligo IT and turn left at the next left junction – Clarion Road – turn right into the Clarion Hotel entrance and take the first left, signposted for Benbulben Suites.
FROM THE NORTH (Belfast/Enniskillen): Turn right onto Clarion Road as you approach Sligo town (about 200m after the roundabout). Turn right into the Clarion Hotel entrance and take the first left, signposted for Benbulben Suites.
DIRECTIONS TO SLIGO IT FROM Benbulben Suites:
On the first day we will all be using the main entrance of Sligo IT and welcoming participants just inside the main entrance, please collect your welcome packs in the concourse before going to the morning gathering in Lecture Theatre A0005.
To get to the main entrance of Sligo IT: Come out of Benbulben Suites, back to the main road (Clarion Road). Turn LEFT go past the Clarion and then right at the T -junction just after, you will see Sligo IT on your right. Take the turn into Sligo IT, then straight along that lane until you see the main car park on front of you and a giant fish sculpture on the right. The main entrance is near the fish sculptiure.
HOWEVER: There is also an entrance here on Clarion Road, which will be our most useful entrance for most of the week, especially for access with drums, keys etc, as this entrance is closer to our rooms. There is a car park across the road for our use, on the Clarion Hotel side. However once the week is up and running, you’ll be able to easily make the jopurney to the workshops by foot from your accommodation.
Sligo IT is about 5 mins walk from accommodation. City centre is approx 15-20 mins walk from school/accommodation. Beautiful Glencar Waterfall is a 15 minute drive from the accommodation, as are many scenic areas (if you can find the time!)
SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE AND DETAILS
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There will be a short welcome meeting at 10am on Tuesday 19 July morning for everyone to meet the tutors and organisers and get their welcome packs with name badges etc. THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT AND MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES, especially going to concerts and jam sessions. More on that later. This first morning also provides an opportunity to meet each other, of course! Then everyone will go to see their respective tutors (11am or so) and get briefly assessed as to their levels of jazz performance. Then please be patient as it takes a little while to put everyone in their ensembles, please allow for a little juggling. The tutors will give masterclasses (as per normal morning schedule) while we work out who is in which ensemble.
INSTRUMENTS AMPS ETC.
We try to provide as much as possible for the rooms, jam sessions etc, including a vocal PA, piano, amps and drums, but always welcome your help so if its convenient for you to bring instruments/backline, please do! Obviously this is difficult when you are traveling from abroad, so this is mostly directed at IRISH participants. If you have any special instrumental requirements please email us and also see FAQ on the website.
TIMEKEEPING: Workshops take place each day from 10-4. Lunch is from 12.30 to 2pm. Please make sure you have informed us by email of any special requirements (eg, Veggie, Vegan, etc) & we will do our best to cater for you.
NOTE: Workshops finish at 4pm each day this year but we try to ensure that participants can remain in school if they wish, to practice until 5.30pm each day. Jam sessions will begin at 6pm at Riverside Hotel each day (Tues-Sat) and again at 10pm or thereabouts.
The organisers have such a busy schedule, bringing tutors and artists to and fro between hotel, school, restaurants and gigs, so please respect this need to get the school closed quickly.
FESTIVAL – ADMISSION TO CONCERTS AND JAM SESSIONS
You’ll all know what a bargain you’re getting from SJP when you walk into the theatres each evening and realise all these amazing gigs are free to participants! So please give it up BIG for the performers! However, a couple of things to note here which are REALLY IMPORTANT:
1. PLEASE BE ON TIME FOR THE CONCERTS we have to run a tight schedule in order to make sure everything happens, especially the great jam sessions afterwards! NOTE: All evening concerts are 8pm sharp.
2. We will supply every SJP participant with a name tag… this must be worn by everyone to all events. If you dont have a tag you will be refused admission. It is most important regarding jam sessions in live music venues, which operate a strictly over 18 door policy, some over 21. Please be respectful to venue staff and proprietors, most of them are PATRONS and help keep this event alive!
UNDERAGE (-18 yrs) DRINKING OF ALCOHOL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED – if you are caught you will be expelled from the summer school!
FINALLY … HAVE A GREAT TIME!!
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