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WCCP Concertinas at Halsway

Friday 8 Mar 4pm — Sunday 10 Mar 4pm, 2019

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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We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type. Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the weekend!

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

  • £240 – single ensuite room
  • £210 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £210 – single non-ensuite room
  • £165 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £155

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

  • £145

Sunday night supper, B&B available (bookable in advance only:

  • £35 per person

We’re delighted to welcome West Country Concertina Players to Halsway Manor to host a packed concertina workshop weekend for intermediate / advanced level players of all systems. You do not need to be a member of WCCP to come (though you might consider joining them – it’s only £10 annually); the weekend is open to all.

Workshop strands are as follows, please let us know which group you’d like to join when booking:

  • Concertina Band with Claire Wren
  • English System with Alex Wade
  • Anglo System with Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
  • Duet System with Michael Hebbert

An essential part of the team, ‘The Concertina Tinker‘ Dave Elliott will be in attendance throughout the weekend offering ‘Concertina A&E’ and practical advice and expertise regarding maintenance. Barleycorn Concertinas will also be in attendance with a range of instruments for you to try and be tempted by! There will be time to relax in the comfort of Halsway Manor, with evening playing sessions in the bar, plus an informal tutor’s concert on the Saturday evening. There’s also the option to stay an extra night and book for Sunday supper, B&B, the perfect time to relax and unwind after a busy weekend of music and socialising.

A selection of music for the Duet, Anglo and English workshops and all music for those opting for Band will be made available ahead of the weekend. Band music will be part and instrument specific.

A note re. Band Workshop: Claire will need to know what instruments you will be bringing and whether you would be willing to lend or play other instruments within the band workshop. Please complete this online form when you have made your booking. Band balance only works if enough people play lower pitch instruments. All players must be prepared to play at least one line on a lower pitched instrument. The timetable will allow for band players to attend some other workshops too but it is anticipated that band will be your first priority.

Who’s it For?

WCCP offer a course for all abilities from beginners upwards in October each year – see website for details.

This Halsway course however is aimed at players at a more advanced level; you’ll be a competent player, fluent in your chosen system and ready to develop technique and repertoire in a group workshop environment. We regret that beginners / post beginners cannot be accommodated on this course.

You do not need to be a member of WCCP to come, but we are opening bookings early for WCCP members. The weekend will be advertised to all from 1 June, so WCCP members are advised to book before this date to guarantee their place!

The Team

DAVE ELLIOTT, author of the ‘Concertina Maintenance Manual’, has been a concertina player for 18 years and has been repairing/ restoring concertinas for 15. A retired professional engineer, Dave is now fully focussed on concertina repair and restoration work. He is an experienced tutor and established the first concertina clinics.

MICHAEL HEBBERT, a Jeffries Duet player since 1958, has played in many different styles through Traditional English, Latin American, Klezmer, Playford and more.  Besides busking in streets and pubs he has performed extensively with singer Andrew Frank and led workshops at many major festivals and events. He’s now working on new stuff with jazz singer Natasha Sutton-Williams.

New kid on the block COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE is a fine singer and player of the anglo concertina and melodeon, whose skill and experience belie his tender years. Nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2014 as a member of trio Granny’s Attic, Cohen received a nomination in his own right in the coveted Horizon Award category in 2018. Cohen has a style and approach deeply rooted in the traditions of the British Isles and regularly gives tuition linked to traditional music, both on a one-on-one basis and in group workshops.

ALEX WADE left Yorkshire to study music in Durham where she immersed herself in the rich folk traditions of the North East. Woodwind teacher by day, award-winning dance musician by night, Alex combines an innate understanding of traditional music with a wealth of teaching experience. She is excited to be venturing south to tutor the English players at Halsway!

CLAIRE WREN has been running concertina band workshops for over 25 years. She has written extensively for concertina band and smaller ensembles. Claire is the Musical Director of Banding Together and also directs her own concertina band “J25”. Claire’s favourite pastime is rehearsal!