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Halsway Playford Orchestra

Monday 20 Jun 10am–3pm, 2016

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£20 per person - including tea/coffee and lunch.

Please book in advance.

A new ensemble for all instruments. Explore playing Playford – 17th-century English country dance music – for 21st century dancers! Led by Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast, Pagoda Project, Playford Liberation Front), this is an introductory workshop which we hope will lead to regular ensemble rehearsals and dances!

Who’s it For?

Players of all instruments, and of all abilities are welcome – let us know your instrument and experience level when you book. You will need to be able to read music.

The Tutor

Paul Hutchinson is regarded as one of the top accordionists in the country due to his unique and refreshing approach to playing. He is the Resident Accordion Tutor at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and at Halsway Manor. He is a key member of the Playford Liberation Front ensemble. His keen interest in and knowledge of 17th & 18th century music has resulted in appearances at festivals in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. Fusion music has always appealed to him since his days in noted Celtic jazzers, Hoover the Dog – now quartet Pagoda provides a vehicle for his own compositions with more than a helping hand from jazz clarinettist, Karen Wimhurst.

“Anyone who’s come across Paul from his long-term tenancy with Belshazzar’s Feast and Hoover The Dog will know the kind of thing to expect – i.e. ebullient yet sensitive playing, with infectious, well-pointed rhythms, and a talent for taking tunes off into creative tangents, a real gift for affectionate pastiche, and a keen understanding of all manner of folk and world musics, classical and jazz disciplines.” Fatea