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Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

Friday 7 Sep 4pm — Sunday 9 Sep 4pm, 2018

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Full board per person (tuition & activities, tutors' gig, accommodation and all meals):

  • £232 – single ensuite room
  • £206 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £206 – single non-ensuite room
  • £160 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition & activities, tutors' gig, all meals):

  • £149

Non Resident (tuition & activities, tutors' gig, accommodation, lunch & dinner)

  • £139

Sunday night supper, B&B available: £35 per person

A weekend of workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, dancing, a concert and more! An international line-up of tutors – Torbjörn Näsbom and Josefina Paulson from Sweden plus Vicki Swan from the UK – will between them offer a whole range of tuition on a variety of subjects. You can expect Swedish music, British music, European music, plus technique and ensemble classes. Jonny Dyer will also be on hand to co-host the weekend with Vicki, and we’ll have a master Nyckelharpa maker on hand to help with repairs and maintenance. Come and explore a range of repertoire, and meet, play and socialise with other players and enthusiasts!

“Great variety of tutors and areas of tuition offered. Amazing music and musical skills. Huge thanks to Vicki for organising the event and making it so awesome.” 2017 Participant

Who’s it For?

The weekend is for players of all abilities except complete beginners to explore a range of repertoire, and to meet, play and socialise with other players!

“In addition to the music, I enjoyed spending time with old friends and making new ones!” 2017 Participant

For complete beginners please take a look at our Nyckelharpa for Beginners Weekend in March 2018. Instruments available to borrow!

The Team

Vicki Swan (UK) graduated from the Royal College of Music on double bass, specialising in performance. Well known on the British folk scene she is a full time folk musician performing on nyckelharpa, bagpipes and singing. Being half Swedish the nyckelharpa was a natural choice to add to her armory of instruments and is now leading the development of the nyckelharpa in Great Britain with the UK Nyckelharpa Project and spearheaded the newly formed UK Nyckelharpa Society. In addition to various duo recordings Vicki has recently published the ‘British Session Tunes for Nyckelharpa’ and also a book of Duets in the Swedish Style. Vicki is a qualified teacher, specialising in instrumental teaching and has a masters in Education (specialising in distance tuition on the Scottish smallpipes) and composes and arranges music for the nyckelharpa and other ensembles. She was a member of the ENCORE (European Nyckelharpa Co-operation – Orchestral Experience) in 2013 and a tutor on the International Nyckelharpa Days in Germany in 2014 and 2105.

Josefina Paulson (Sweden) embraces the Nyckelharpa’s many possibilities, from the roots of the Uppland tradition, to its large crown of new influences from other cultures; she is a musician standing grounded in her own tradition, yet exploring new territory.

In Delsbo 2008, Josefina was awarded the title “riksspelman” (national folk musician) by the ZornJury “for playing the nyckelharpa lively and skillful, in the tradition of Uppland”. In Västmanland, she received the 2009 Cultural Award from VLT –  “Josefina IS music”. In 2011 Josefina received the “Bror Hjorth Scholarship” with the jury’s assertion “technically brilliant, very committed performance on the keyed fiddle with both the preservation of cultural traditions and a gentle personal and creative rejuvenation”. Josefina has studied the one year course at Eric Sahlström Institutet and also has a degree in music, with the Nyckelharpa as main instrument, at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Torbjörn Näsbom was born and grew up in the province of Uppland and learnt to play the violin from his father. From early childhood, he was lucky enough to meet and play together with great folk music fiddlers as Viksta Lasse and Eric Sahlström. Later, after a classical education on the violin at the Music Conservatory of the Swedish Radio at Edsberg and at the Royal Conservatory at Brussels, Torbjörn was employed in the Umeå Symphony Orchestra at the Norrlandsoperan.

As a side activity, he also started to play the nyckelharpa. This instrument, however, took up more and more of his time, and proved to be his destiny. Torbjörn plays folk music, of course, but also try to mix his harpa with classical and particularly baroque music as well. He has been a soloist with several Swedish symphony and baroque orchestras and have gone on tour in Europe and the U.S. with the mezzo-soprano Ann-Sofie von Otter. In 2014 Torbjörn was awarded Sweden’s highest accolade, the Zorn Gold Award.