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Halsway Young Folk – Advanced

Monday 21 Aug 4pm — Friday 25 Aug 5pm, 2017

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 (all meals, accommodation, tuition):

  • £195

After 5 years of successful ‘Hothouse’ courses, we’re delighted to add a new advanced tier to our Young Halsway programme!

Halsway Young Folk – Advanced is an opportunity for musicians and singers aged 18-25 to focus on arrangement, composition and ensemble work. Collaborating with a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists, you will each have the chance to musically direct a group of performers to explore tunes and songs of your finding and choosing (we have the second largest library of printed and recorded folk resources in the country). You will explore formal and and more organic arrangement styles, extended composition techniques and experiment with framing folk repertoire in traditional and modern musical settings. Each piece will be professionally filmed for you to use as promotion of your work or just to show your friends and family!

As part of the week you’ll also have a chance to to try your workshop leading skills – education work is a really important string to a professional musician’s bow! Junior Hothouse is running alongside the Advanced course and you will be supported to devise and deliver a short workshop for our younger participants!

The course will be led by Will Lang and Niopha Keegan. Both Niopha and Will enjoy wide and varied careers as composer/arrangers with their works performed by National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Hazlewood’s Chamber Orchestra and Young Voices, in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid stage and Durham Cathedral.

Who’s It For?

For ages 16 – 25. You’ll be a competent musician or singer, keen to work at a higher level. You will have access to industry professionals, 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.

How to Apply

Contact us for an application form. Please return your completed application with a deposit of £60 to secure your place.

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 chiefexec@halswaymanor.org.uk if this is something you would like to discuss.

The Tutors

Will Lang (Lead Tutor) is a modern British Folk musician, composer and producer. He is well known for his collaborations, bringing a folk influence to many prolific performers including Mercury Music Award-winning Nitin Sawhney, The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Tabla player Aref Durvesh and Northern Spirit Singers in the BBCs Choir of the year. It is his work in Folk and wider-reaching genres that enables Will to inspire musicians to discover Folk music and encourage them to explore the roots of their traditional music.

His most recent diversion has been joining world-renowned percussion sensation Spark! with whom he has been travelling the world.

Will is a former core tutor of Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music degree, founded ‘Hothouse’ at Halsway Manor in 2010 and has been lead tutor ever since.

Niopha Keegan is an Anglo-Irish fiddle player from St. Albans in Hertfordshire. She grew up playing fiddle, mandolin, banjo and tin whistle at sessions, ceilidhs and concert on the London Irish music Scene. After completing her degree on the traditional and folk music course at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, she became a core member of the Mercury nominated band The Unthanks. In the past 9 years she has toured around the world extensively with the band and has been involved in many collaborative projects, working with the likes of Martin Carthy, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill and The Voice Squad. Niopha has just completed a 4 year project working with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain where she was commissioned to write and arrange folk songs and perform them with the choir at venues such as the Sage Gateshead and Rochester Cathedral.  http://www.the-unthanks.com/