2016’s Spring Hothouse saw its biggest ever intake of young people this year with 24 musicians and vocalists descending on the manor on Easter Monday.
Working with a team of internationally recognised folk musicians, the young musicians were taken through their paces in this year’s American theme by Laura-Beth Salter of The Shee, and Archie Churchill-Moss of Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners Moore Moss Rutter.
The intensive week culminated in an impressive 40 minute concert performance to a packed-house, as the opening act for Halsway’s 2016 Artists in Residence and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees Faustus.
The Spring Hothouse introduces young people to their folk traditions. It provides an ideal foundation for musicians and singers to then attend the Summer Hothouse course to develop their skills. The Summer course culminates in a festival-opening performance at Sidmouth Folkweek (last year to a capacity crowd of 1,200), an unparalleled opportunity for young musicians. Click here for more information.