Following a fantastic inaugural event in 2017 we’re delighted to be welcoming back the Halsway Manor Melodeon Workshop Weekend with the dream team of Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold (Belgium) and Hazel Askew.
The programme will include beginners, intermediate and advanced workshops with each tutor, plus some optional workshops, time to socialize and take part in informal sessions, 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). All abilities welcome though you’ll need a grasp of the basics; there will be workshops for beginners (we’re defining ‘beginners’ as 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!), intermediates and above, with plenty to stretch the imagination and ability of 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 2016’s BBC Folk Musician of the Year (for the third time), 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, a new trio 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
From Belgium, Anne Niepold is a virtuoso of the diatonic accordion, known for her dynamic, original and spirited style. She is a passionate tutor with almost 20 years experience, and holds a teaching diploma from the prestigious Brussels Royal Conservatoire. Anne has taught courses for all levels of ability across Belgium, and in France and Germany, but this will be one of her first visits to the UK – she’s very excited and so are we!
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.