This course has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for rescheduled dates.
Hazel Askew is a familiar tutor to many at Halsway, and we’re delighted to welcome Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne who will be tutoring here for the second time, having proved immensely popular as a tutor on our 2019 Concertina Weekend.
Expect a ‘safely social’ weekend of workshops exploring repertoire and technique, with an informal sharing concert to hear the tutors play and also contribute your own spot if you wish. We’ll be publishing a draft programme for the weekend very soon.
Who’s it For?
Players of the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion) of all levels except complete beginner. As a minimum requirement, you’ll need to be able to play simple tunes with both hands together, and to learn by ear – albeit slowly. We’ll make sure there’s plenty to inspire and challenge more advanced players too. You’ll need a DG melodeon (2 row, 8 bass as a minimum). Check out our Workshop level guide here; this weekend aims to cater for levels 2 and above.
Hazel Askew (Lady Maisery, Askew Sisters) is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer from London, creating powerful music inspired by the folk traditions of England and beyond. She is one of the country’s leading melodeon players and one of the most experienced melodeon teachers in the UK. She developed the melodeon courses for EFDSS’s Saturday Folk Music School, which she still leads and has run courses/workshops for many organisations including Halsway Manor, FolkWorks at The Sage Gateshead, Melodeons & More, Adderbury Music Weekends and various festivals across the country. Hazel also teaches freelance workshops and one to one lessons, and long-distance over Skype!
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is well known on the English folk scene for his work with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated trio ‘Granny’s Attic’ and as a soloist. Originally from Birmingham, Cohen developed a keen love for melodeons and concertinas while still at primary school. Cohen’s main passion is for English traditional music and song, but his musical interests run broader than that, into Baroque music, ragtime and Victorian popular music – and he has been known to throw all of these into his performances and teaching. Cohen is an experienced teacher and has worked with students of all ages in workshops and on a one-on-one basis, both in England and abroad.