Belshazzar’s Feast have decided to hold a house party for all their friends and supporters and, naturally enough, they’ve decided on Halsway as the perfect venue! Expect a combination of serious(ish) workshops with opportunities for musicians and singers to develop their skills – performance, arranging songs and tunes and more – combined with informal and fun playing sessions, activities and dances. There will be a Belshazzar’s Feast concert on the Thursday night. Plus there’s the usual Halsway experience of good food and great company in lovely surroundings. Bring your instruments, dancing shoes, sense of humour, and prepare for a good time!
‘One of folks great odd couples – The Feast’ The Independent On Sunday
Who’s it For?
Singers, musicians, dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Workshops and one-to-one tuition (time allowing) will be tailored to a range of abilities. Expect some silliness.
Belshazzar’s Feast are Paul Sartin on vocals, oboe and violin (also of Bellowhead, Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson on accordion (also of Hoover The Dog, Playford Liberation Front, Pagoda)
‘known for their sense of humour as well their impressive musicianship’ The Guardian
Paul Sartin is a member of the multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead and of Faustus. Consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, he is an Artist in Residence with Bellowhead at the Southbank Centre, an editor of music publications, music consultant for The Last Post project, and a BASCA-nominated composer whose commissions include works for the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, and Streetwise Opera.
Paul Hutchinson is regarded as one of the top accordionists in the country due to his unique and refreshing approach to playing. He is the Resident Accordion Tutor at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and at Halsway Manor in Somerset, the Centre for English Traditional Arts. His keen interest in and knowledge of 17th & 18th century music has resulted in appearances at festivals in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. Fusion music has always appealed to him since his days in noted Celtic jazzers, Hoover the Dog – now the duo Pagoda provides a vehicle for his own compositions with more than a helping hand from jazz clarinettist, Karen Wimhurst.