We’ll shortly be releasing details of our Young Halsway: Advanced 2020 week; participants on previous years’ courses have created videos of their own new arrangements, and run workshops at Towersey Festival.
Who’s It For?
For ages 16 – 25. You’ll be a competent musician or singer, keen to work at a higher level. Led by professional folk artists, who will work with you to develop your skills and also offer advice in progressing your training. This is the course to do if you have aspirations of being a professional musician or educator, or are planning to continue your musical education at University.
How to Apply
Applications open shortly.
We do all we can to offer bursary places to young people with exceptional talent or for whom the opportunity would be especially beneficial, but whose financial circumstances would otherwise exclude them from the programme. Email email@example.com if this is something you would like to discuss.
Our Halsway Young Folk Lead Artist for 2020 is Becki Driscoll; we’ll shortly confirm the team who will lead our Advanced 2020 week.
Becki Driscoll is a musician, singer, composer and educator with many years’ experience. Based in the heart of the West Country she has a deep knowledge on love of our local – and wider – folk traditions.
Becki leads educational projects and workshops for festivals and specialist courses, ranging from beginners fiddle sessions, to mixed-instrument folk orchestras for all ages. She leads the prestigious English Fiddle Weekend at Halsway (together with Nick Wyke), and is an Associate Artist for Wren trust for whom she has led numerous community music projects including the Folk Orchestra of North Devon, the Fiddle Orchestra of Devon, regular music groups with children and young people, and a specialist early years project she developed with Bideford Bay Children’s Centre.
“folk music at its best” – The Living Tradition
Becki is well known for her celebrated musical partnership with Nick Wyke; two of the UK’s finest fiddle-players, together they give a playful and innovative take on English traditional music and song. They first collaborated as a fiddle duo on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal, and in the years since have worked with some of the leading lights of the English folk scene, always pushing the boundaries and developing new and inventive music. The duo’s compositions and interpretations of traditional songs are influenced by a wide range of musical cultures: “We are inspired by the people we meet and the places we’ve been. We like the idea of a global approach to the English tradition.”
“…lovely, inventive playing” – fRoots