An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to create a new performance piece – and to perform it live at Sidmouth Folk Week!
“Very long days, however every minute was incredible.” Participant
The young performers will operate as a company: taking warm ups together, technique classes in their disciplines, learning repertoire and creating contemporary reinterpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts.
“It was full on, packed with amazing stuff.” Participant
Who’s is it for?
This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 13-25, leading to a day of performances at Sidmouth Folk Week. It’s designed as a progression from our Spring Halsway Young Folk Intro Week, but if you’re new to Halsway, that’s ok; you’ll need prior experience as a musician or singer, and to have some folk experience, eg from taking part in workshops at Festivals, from going to courses at other venues, from playing in a school (or your own!) folk band. If you’re not sure, then get in touch.
“My ability to learn tunes without notation has definitely improved.” Participant
Here’s a short video from our Spring 2015 week, to give you a taste of what to expect!
How to Apply
Places costs £195 (bed in the Manor) or £130 (camping in the grounds). All meals, tuition and activities are included in the price. Transport to Sidmouth is NOT included; parents will need to collect participants on Saturday morning and accompany them to the Festival for the day. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.
Contact us for an application form, or download an application form here. Please return your completed application form 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something you would like to discuss.
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.
Nicola Lyons is a dancer and fiddle player who began her folk career with the Fosbrooks (directed by Liza Austin-Strange MBE) in Stockport, where from an early age she learned to clog dance in addition to playing both classical violin and folk fiddle. For several years, Nicola was a dancer with The Demon Barbers, which included performances at many of the major UK folk festivals as well as taking part in their acclaimed folk and hip-hop dance show, ‘Time Gentlemen Please’.
She is currently a member of alternative folk quartet, 4Square, who have appeared at many festivals in the UK and Europe, including Fairport’s 2009 Cropredy Convention, before an audience of 20,000. They went on to sell every last copy of their debut album, 20:20 Manchester, becoming The Cropredy Convention’s 2nd biggest selling band of all time!
Jim Molyneux studied at Chetham’s School of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is the co-founder of 4Square (with Nicola Lyons) and also a member of the “genre-busting cinematic folk septet” The Fair Rain (formerly The Old Dance School).
In 2008 Jim made it to the Grand Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, televised on BBC2 to 1.1 million viewers!
Ford Collier (Assistant Tutor) formed The Drystones with fiddler Alex Garden at the age of just 14. They’ve been playing together ever since, including festivals appearances at Glastonbury, Sidmouth Folk Week, Larmer Tree and others. Ford attended Young Halsway residentials at Halsway Manor from the age of 16 and the encouragement of the tutors led him to take the tin whistle seriously as an instrument; it’s now his first study instrument in his music degree at Sheffield University. He is specialising in Irish music on the whistle, learning from brilliant Manchester whistler Grace Kelly and intends to pursue music, teaching and performance as a career.
Claire Bailey will be joining the team in a dedicated pastoral role.