A day for young musicians aged 9-18 to have fun with music. Whether you are familiar with Halsway Manor or visiting for the very first time you are most welcome to come along and have a go in this intensive and fun day of music making. Led by Halsway Young Folk Creative Lead Becki Driscoll, along with tutors Jude Rees and Kate Moran.
All instruments are welcome, all abilities are welcome. You might be a seasoned Halsway Young Folk participant, keen to meet up with friends and enjoy some music together. Or you could be completely new to Halsway and wanting to discover whether the Halsway Young Folk programme might be for you.
If you have never played an instrument before? No problem! we’ll have instruments available for total beginners to try.
For more experienced musicians there will be plenty to challenge you to expand your skills.
The day will combine whole group playing with some smaller group work based on ability-level. The day will include music, song and perhaps some simple folk dance too.
Workshop places are limited and we will tailor the day according to who is enrolling to ensure there is something for everyone. Please book early to avoid disappointment!! When you have completed the enquiry form will ask you to tell us more about your instrument and experience.
Who’s it For?
This course is aimed anyone aged 9-18 with an interest in music and song. You’ll be interested in exploring your own creativity and willing to have a go at something new. You’ll need to be open to working in small groups.
Becki 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 ensembles. She leads the prestigious English Fiddle Weekend at Halsway (together with Nick Wyke), and runs RootNotes, a community music company that provides participatory music workshops for people of all ages in North Devon, including a weekly folk ensemble (featured on BBC Spotlight!) and regular music sessions for young people and families.
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.”
Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind, voice. Jude Rees is a professional oboist and woodwind specialist with extensive experience in classical, folk, contemporary and early music. As freelance multi-instrumentalist and sought-after session musician, Jude has worked with some luminaries of the folk world and has guested on numerous albums and live tours. She currently plays with PIVA, Archaedium, BBC Radio2 Folk Award nominated Pilgrims’ Way and has played for theatre and television including the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Jude also co-runs a lively early music group for children in Warwickshire.
Kate is a versatile musician who is equally at home with classical and folk music. Whilst training at Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Northern College of Music she spent her weekends playing fiddle in barn dance bands in Northamptonshire! Kate currently plays violin and viola with Boldwood, who specialise in bringing to life rarely-heard tunes from 18th century English dance collections and leads Mouse’s Nest ceilidh band and can often be found guesting with bands both on stage and in the recording studio. Kate is also in demand as a teacher and is the conductor of Manchester Youth String Orchestra. In PIVA, Kate plays violin and recorder.