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French Music Week

Monday 6 Jun 4pm — Friday 10 Jun 10am, 2022

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, all meals & accommodation):

  • £380– single ensuite room
  • £350– sharing an ensuite room
  • £350– single non-ensuite room
  • £315 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £230

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

  • £216

A musicians’ week with Emmanuel Pariselle & Didier Oliver.

Enjoy an intensive week exploring French traditional music with tunes from south west (rondeaux, congos, bransles etc.), central massif (bourrées, mazurkas, scottishs) and bretagne (gavottes, plinn, andros). Emmanuel will concentrate on working with melodeon players, Didier with players of mandolin and fiddle, with time spent on instrument-specific technique in addition to exploring repertoire.

Plenty of time in the evenings to relax, enjoy informal sessions, plus an exceptional tutors’ gig from Emmanuel and Didier on the Thursday evening.

Who’s it For?

For intermediate level and above, you’ll need to be prepared to learn tunes by ear.

The course is aimed primarily at players of DG melodeon (with Emmanuel), and fiddle and mandolin (with Didier). Players of other instruments please check with us before booking.

The Tutors

Emmanuel and Didier have played – and sung – together since 1975, and both are experienced and entertaining teachers. Emmanuel is one of France’s finest players of both the melodeon and concertina, while Didier (La Base Duo) is also a superb fiddler and also plays equally well mandolin, boha (Gascon) pipes and guitar.