In September 2022, we (and many others) lost our dear friend Paul Sartin, who led and contributed to so many courses at Halsway Manor. Paul was an oboist, singer, fiddler and virtuosic swannee whistle player, and his loss is felt in so many corners of the English folk scene, and across the world. He was a member of Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast, and of course, Faustus, who were our Artists-in-Residence in 2016 and recorded their album Death and Other Animals at the Manor. Paul liked to refer to Halsway as his country residence and his memory will live on here, as it will in so many places, through the many people who he inspired to make and enjoy music.
In his memory, we will be offering bursaries for singers, musicians and dancers, aged between 18 and 30 years old, who would like to take part in one of our courses (excluding partnership events) but are prevented from doing so by their financial circumstances. Paul was always keen to introduce the next generation to traditional music and we’d like to carry on his legacy in this way.
The initial fund for these bursaries was donated in Paul’s memory by his friends and admirers, and we are very grateful to his family for choosing Halsway Manor as one of the recipients, along with the proposed Whitchurch Folk Festival in Paul’s adopted Hampshire hometown.
If you would like to contribute to this bursary fund, please visit our bursary donation page.