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British BMG Federation Summer School

Friday 12 Jun 4pm — Sunday 14 Jun 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

We are delighted to be hosting the prestigious 2020 British Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Federation Summer School. Choose from 3 courses – Classic Finger-style 5-string Banjo with Aaron Jonah Lewis; Mandolin & Guitar with Matt Norman; Mixed Instruments with Nigel Gatherer – and let us know your choice when booking.

Who’s it For?

Classic Finger-style 5-string Banjo with Aaron Jonah Lewis

Mandolin & Guitar with Matt Norman

Mixed Instruments with Nigel Gatherer

We’ll be posting details shortly to give you more information about course content and the ability level required for each group. In the meantime course enquires should be sent to:  BMG Federation course co-ordinator Sandra Woodruff, email sandra.woodruff@virgin.net

The Tutors

Aaron Jonah Lewis is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, performer and educator. Aaron is passionate about sharing early fingerstyle banjo music (AKA ‘classic banjo’). He points out that classic banjo was the most popular form of music a hundred years ago, and today it’s almost entirely forgotten. Aaron’s newest recording, entitled ‘Mozart of the Banjo: The Joe Morley Project’, is devoted to the compositions of Joe Morley, the great prodigy and virtuoso composer of the turn of the 20th century. Aaron has performed at major festivals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Finland and continues to tour extensively.

Matt Norman is an experienced performer playing in several folk bands and who also plays classical music on the mandolin. He is a teacher for several years was conductor of the Mandolin Orchestra of Devon. His relaxed and friendly teaching style puts participants quickly at their ease creating a great environment for honing technique and enjoying playing together

Nigel Gatherer has been involved in performing, collecting and teaching Scottish music for many years and is much in demand around Scotland to teach mixed instrument groups. He has played with various bands and plays Scots traditional music in concerts, sessions, and for fun. Nigel plays mandolin, guitar, ukulele, penny whistle and Anglo concertina. He won acclaim in late 1980s for his first book, a collection of folksongs from Dundee area, since when he has published many books, including a mandolin chord book and several books of session tunes. Nigel’s own compositions have excited interest, with artists from Canada, Scotland, US and Germany recording his works. Nigel has tutored many mandolin and mixed instrument courses and workshops at BMG Federation Summer Schools and Festivals.

The British BMG Federation aims to promote the performance and education of banjo, mandolin and guitar. It is committed to creating educational opportunities for players of all ages to learn and improve on their chosen instruments through running workshops and courses and advertising courses run by other individuals and organisations.

The Summer School is a major event in the BMG calendar; this is an annual residential weekend that moves around different venues in the UK, offering courses for banjo, mandolin and guitar.

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