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Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

Friday 6 Sep 4pm — Sunday 8 Sep 5pm, 2019

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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We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type! Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the party!

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

  • £240 – single ensuite room
  • £210– sharing an ensuite room
  • £210– single non-ensuite room
  • £165 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £155

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £145

Stay an extra night! Please note this MUST be booked in advance. Sunday evening light supper, B&B:

  • £35


A weekend of workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, dancing, a concert and more! An international line-up of tutors – Daniel Pettersson and David Eriksson 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!

“Fantastic tutors, lovely participants, awesome location, and the staff were so helpful and friendly. A highlight of my year!” 2018 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!

“Even if there was no tuition, I would still come; for me it’s now about meeting all the other players.” 2018 Participant

For complete beginners please take a look at our Nyckelharpa for Beginners Weekend in March 2019. Instruments available to borrow!

Advanced players might also be interested in our Advanced Nyckelharpa course in June.

The Team

Daniel Pettersson comes from Västerbotten, a northern region of Sweden. Having grown up in the world of traditional music, he is now recognized as a very fine interpreter and innovator of northern repertoire. Daniel studied at the Eric Sahlström institute and at the “folkhögskola” in Malung. He gives concerts and teaches throughout Sweden and abroad. He has featured on several recordings and collaborated with musicians of different styles. Daniel was awarded the title of “nyckelharpa world champion” in the year of 2000. In 2014 he became the first to earn the title of Riksspelman, interpreting the Västerbottnian repertoire on the kontrabasharpa (a 1800-century-style Nyckelharpa).

David Eriksson comes from Västerbotten in the north of Sweden but now lives in the north part of Uppland. He is a member of several bands and constellations and he frequently appears as a guest artist in many different kinds of bands and genres. He is a professional nyckelharpa player and he studied at Eric Sahlström Institute for nyckelharpa, and continued with a Bachelor’s degree and pedagogy degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is a “Riksspelman”, has won the Swedish championship in older traditional nyckelharpas, and has received several other scholarships and awards. 2016, he won the worldchampionship on the kontrabasharpa. Beside the bands, he works as a teacher, composer, writer and a freelance musician and he is also a nyckelharpa maker. More at: http://www.massivet.nu and http://www.lyy.se

Vicki Swan 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. In addition to various duo recordings Vicki has published several books for nyckelharpa and worked with Soniccouture to create a nyckelharpa sample pack. 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 is a member of the ENCORE (European Nyckelharpa Co-operation – Orchestral Experience) for 2013 and a tutor on the International Nyckelharpa Days in Germany in 2014 and 2015.