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DG Melodeon Complete Beginners Weekend

Friday 3 Jul 4pm — Sunday 5 Jul 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

Sitting alongside our regular DG Melodeon weekend this year we are introducing this separate programme specifically for complete beginners (led by Mel Biggs).

There will be instruments available to borrow for this beginners programme – let us know when you book if you will need to borrow one.

There will be some optional workshops, time to socialise and take part in informal sessions, including ‘slow and steady’ sessions with Mel, and an informal tutor’s concert on the Saturday evening.

Please note that music will not be available in advance for this course.

“Just got back from the first Halsway DG melodeon workshop and had the time of my life! The whole place is gorgeous and you are very well looked after with a constant and steady supply of excellent food, tea and coffee! The tutors were incredible and it was such an amazing opportunity to play alongside and learn from who I consider to be some of the greatest box players around. Loved every minute of it and would definitely recommend this wonderful place to anyone. They catered for all abilities and the material was very diverse. I came away feeling completely exhausted but happy, and with the tools in place to become a much better player. Thank you to everyone who made my weekend special!” Eliza, 2017 Participant

Who’s it For?

Complete beginners who would like an introduction to playing the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion). You might never have picked up a box, might have inherited one or have one sat on a shelf that you are not quite sure what to do with. This is your chance to learn what to do with it. Mel Biggs will lead this separate weekend programme for complete beginners. There may be some boxes available to borrow to get you started on your DG journey – so let us know if you need to borrow one.


If you have a grasp of the basics as an improver an intermediate or advanced player – join our DG Melodeon Weekend which is for players at level 2 or above on our Halsway Melodeon Playing Levels.

Music is not sent out in advance for this course. Much of the teaching will be by ear. Anne will provide scores for you to take away, and all tutors are happy for you to make recordings.

The Team

Mel Biggs is a leading light in the world of melodeon teaching, known for her perceptive, patient and mindful manner in teaching groups and individuals, both on and offline. Having been teaching since 2009, Mel has an ever expanding toolkit of techniques at her disposal which she adapts to every new teaching scenario; expect a bespoke blend of learning-by-ear, call and response playing, analogies, visualisations and pattern recognition, tune deconstruction and notation in moderation. Mel is a consummate performer, vocalist and accompanist and can be seen on stage as one third of Anglo-European trio Moirai and playing for the vibrant Harlequin Morris

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