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),
For the first time this year we will also be running a separate programme for complete beginners (led by Mel Biggs) details here. You will need to let us know in advance at the time of booking what level you are at.
For those with a grasp of the basics and beyond in this course there will be 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?
Players of the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion), of Level 2 and above. If you are a complete beginner please see our Complete Beginners course. To see if you are level 2 or above please click here for Halsway Melodeon Playing Levels.
For those with a grasp of the basics and beyond 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, so if this is you, come and join us! as well as plenty on offer to stretch the ability and imagination of intermediates and advanced players.
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.
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