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Composition Workshop Weekend

Friday 1 Oct 4pm — Sunday 3 Oct 4pm, 2021

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, all meals & accommodation):

  • £262– single ensuite room
  • £225– sharing an ensuite room
  • £225– single non-ensuite room
  • £180 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £170

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

  • £160

Andy May (Andy May Trio, Baltic Crossing, Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies) is well known as a musician, composer and pipe-maker; his repertoire includes many original compositions inspired by the traditional music of the North East of England and beyond.

Andy leads this course, with a couple of other artists tba, as an enjoyable and accessible introduction to writing your own ‘folk’ tunes. It’s aimed at novice composers, but if you’ve some experience there will be plenty for you to benefit from as well.

Who’s it For?

Musicians (any instrument) of an intermediate level and above; you’ll need to be able to play your own tunes! You don’t need any prior experience of writing tunes. A familiarity with reading / writing notation will be beneficial in getting the most from this course. If you have queries, please get in touch.

The Team

Andy May is generally considered to be one of the finest exponents of the Northumbrian Smallpipes. He was introduced to the instrument as a child by his father and was taught by Roland Lofthouse (himself a pupil of Jack Armstrong) and Adrian Schofield. He then continued to be inspired by pipers Billy Pigg, Tom Clough and many others. Early in his career he achieved nine consecutive wins of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Open Competition, studied piano at York University and now tours internationally as a member of Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing and The Andy May Trio.

As a teacher, Andy May has many helpful approaches to both technique and musicality and has led workshops all over the world and teaches Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes and piano at Newcastle University.