Now in its fourth year we’re delighted to be welcoming back the popular Halsway Manor Melodeon Workshop Weekend. This years’ DG Melodeon weekend will be led by the extraordinary dream team of tutors, Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold (Belgium) and Hazel Askew (Askew Sisters, Lady Maisery).
For the first time this year we will be running a separate course alongside the DG Weekend for complete beginners with Mel Biggs – details here.
For improvers to advanced players, there will be workshops with all three tutors, 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.
“I really enjoyed the weekend. The accommodation and food was lovely, such a special house. Being in close touch with such good teachers and great musicians, so inspiring.”
Who’s it For?
Players of the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion), of Level 2 and above: click here for Halsway Melodeon Playing Levels.
There will be workshops for improvers – people familiar with the basics of the instrument but still getting to grips with things like right and left hand co-ordination and row crossing – as well as plenty on offer to stretch the ability and imagination of intermediate and advanced players.
Music is not sent out in advance for this course. Much of the teaching will be by ear. Anne & Hazel will provide scores for you to take away, and all tutors are happy for you to make recordings.
Andy Cutting needs little introduction. Hailed as one of the country’s most beloved folk musicians and three-time winner of BBC Folk Musician of the Year, Andy is an emotive and engaging performer, and a warm and witty tutor.
A soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune, as well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy’s influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. He currently performs with Leveret, with Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr, plus Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry.
“Hearing Andy Cutting play is like going through the wardrobe and finding Narnia. His music is glorious, joyful, moving, subtle, emotionally charged, a totally spell-binding experience that is never long enough.” June Tabor
Anne Niepold (Belgium) is an extraordinary accordionist and composer. A passionate tutor with almost 20 years experience. Anne holds a masters degree in composition and arrangement from the prestigious Brussels Royal Conservatoire and has taught courses for all levels of ability across Belgium, and in France and Germany. As a performer she is a true force of nature – brash, adventurous and phenomenally skilled, she takes the humble accordion in startling directions. Beside her solo projects, she performs with numerous arts companies at home and abroad, and has numerous recordings to her name.
Hazel Askew is a London based melodeon player, singer and musician. She has worked as a performer on the folk scene for many years, most notably with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated vocal trio Lady Maisery and traditional English folk duo The Askew Sisters, with whom she won Best Female Singer at the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards. She regularly runs melodeon courses for EFDSS as part of their Saturday Music Workshop series in London and has frequently taught on their adult, youth and schools projects. Hazel has also led workshops and courses for organisations including Barbican Creative Learning, Folkworks, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Dartington Summer School, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and as well as various festivals around the country.Book now