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 Archie Churchill-Moss.
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 booked we 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, woodwind, voice and a bit of brass. 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 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 for theatre and television including the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Jude is a regular tutor and co-runs a lively early music group for children in Warwickshire.
Widely regarded as one of the best players of English traditional folk, Archie has worked as a session musician for some of the UK’s top folk acts (Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Blair Dunlop), as well as performing with the trio, ‘Moore, Moss, Rutter’ – The outfit which saw him receive the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2011.
The past two years have seen Archie tour extensively across Western Europe and perform at some of Europe’s top music festivals, including headline slots at ‘Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Tønder festival (Denmark), Cropredy Convention (UK) and Cambridge folk festival (UK).
With a contemporary approach to composition and arrangement Archie has developed a style of playing that draws as much influence from the tradition as it does modern popular music. He is currently seen to perform with: ‘Tom Moore & Archie Moss’, ‘Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys’ and ‘False Lights’.
His engaging teaching style comes from a wealth of experience in his position as senior lecturer in ‘Folk Music’ at Leeds College of Music and teaching on the National Youth Folk Ensemble.