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Beyond the Tune

Friday 20 Sep 4pm — Sunday 22 Sep 4pm, 2024

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


Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

£310 – single occupancy ensuite room/cabin
£265 – sharing an ensuite room/cabin
£265 – single occupancy non-ensuite room
£210 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):


Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):


A course for folk musicians – with a special emphasis on harpists – who want to learn how to improvise, create harmonies, counter melodies and accompaniments.

This is a course for musicians who wish to develop their arranging skills through ensemble playing. Players of all instruments welcome, but this course caters particularly well for harpists under the dedicated tuition of Moira Gutteridge.

Part of the time the group will be split in two and part of the time there will be opportunity to work in smaller groups, allowing for focused tuition with Moira for the harpists, while all other musicians work with Peter.

You’ll also practise tunes for dancing with guidance from Madeleine on bringing the music and dancers together.

Who is it for?

Moira and Peter cater for players of most instruments, and all levels of experience, although the week is not intended for complete beginners. It is however ok to be a novice when it comes to ensemble playing and arrangement. Music is available in advance and will be emailed to you nearer the time

The Team

Moira Gutteridge plays fiddle, keyboard and harp along with Peter in their band Dampier’s Round, playing at dances throughout the country. She and Peter run a village folk band for all ages and abilities, and with a wide range of instruments.

Peter Gutteridge plays guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and flute.

Both Moira & Peter have extensive teaching experience, and together have organised and run music workshops at festivals and folk camps and at Halsway Manor on many occasions.


Madeleine Smith is a caller, clog dancer and teacher, sought after for her extensive knowledge of dancing and the folk tradition. She plays recorder, piano and Celtic harp, and is equally at home helping musicians improve their playing as she leading dances. Madeleine sings in a community choir and plays for Towersey Morris. She is also a recipient of the EFDSS Gold Badge.