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Beginner/Intermediate Nyckelharpa

Friday 15 May 4pm — Sunday 17 May 4pm, 2020

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £250 – single ensuite room
  • £215– sharing an ensuite room
  • £215– single non-ensuite room
  • £170 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £160

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £150

Stay an extra night! Sunday supper, B&B: £40

We regret that this event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. More info.

The Nyckelharpa is an amazing instrument that grabs everyone that comes into contact with it. This is your opportunity to meet and play the instrument for the weekend. Eight spaces are up for grabs for the complete beginner with an instrument provided. Spaces fill up fast on this course – so don’t delay. If you want to borrow an instrument book now!

An enjoyable and full-on, fun-packed workshop weekend with popular tutor Vicki Swan who will introduce beginners to this fascinating and unusual Swedish folk stringed instrument.  Kirsty money will be joining Vicki as a second support tutor to ensure that you are well looked after.

“This was such a wonderful weekend. Brilliant! I am so inspired.” 2018 Participant

Workshops will cover all aspects of playing the nyckelharpa:
posture • technique • bowing • Swedish tunes • British tunes • chord playing  • ensemble playing (by ear) • exercises • and Nyckelrythmics

Arrive from 4pm Friday. Finishes 5pm Sunday. There is the possibility of staying over until the Monday morning (for a supplementary fee) with Sunday night supper and B&B (£35 per person) should you wish to stay a little longer!

Who’s it For?

Anyone! This weekend is aimed at complete beginners and the less confident beginner/intermediate. The group will be split into two levels with two tutors.

Vicki will even have a number of instruments available for students to borrow but you will need to book early as these places are limited to 8. Not sure? For more information contact Vicki Swan 07721 519719.

“Very enjoyable. Worth every penny.” 2018 Participant

The Team

Vicki Swan is well known across the UK and beyond as one half of folk duo Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now gaining recognition as impressive song arrangers and writers.

Vicki, who plays an assortment of less-than-mainstream instruments (Scottish smallpipes, Swedish nyckelharpa, English border pipes, Swedish bagpipes and more) is very much at the forefront of the current surge of interest in the Nyckelharpa in the UK. She plays as a member of the European Nyckelharpa Orchestra, runs Nyckelharpas at Halsway and also teaches internationally at festivals and events.

Kirsty Money (Halifax, NS, Canada) is a multi-instrumentalist that plays modern and baroque violin/viola and the nyckelharpa. She enjoys playing many different styles of music (Classical, Trad. Jazz, Pop, Contemporary, Flamenco) and has played professionally in Canada, the United States and Europe. She is currently a member of Symphony Nova Scotia, and is known for her musical versatility in the Canadian music scene.

Her principal mentors of the nyckelharpa include Swedish players Olov Johansson , Magnus Holmström, Josefina Paulson, and of course Vicki Swan (UK). Although little is known of the nyckelharpa in Canada, Kirsty is starting to be an ambassador for the instrument, and has given several concerts, radio interviews, and education workshops in Maritime Canada, Québec, and Victoria, BC. One of Kirsty’s principal goals in playing and teaching the nyckelharpa is to educate people about the extraordinary sonic possibilities, repertoire and historical intrigue this instrument has to offer.

She is excited to collaborate with Vicki Swan at Halsway this year, and will share her passion and knowledge with the participants, providing a solid foundation from which to start learning the nyckelharpa