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Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

Friday 16 Sep 4pm — Sunday 18 Sep 4pm, 2022

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

  • Halsway Manor will not share your details with any third parties.


Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £270– single ensuite room
  • £232– sharing an ensuite room
  • £232– single non-ensuite room
  • £185– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £175

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £165

Sunday night supper B&B available (must be booked in advance):

  • £45

A weekend of workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, a concert and more! Hosted by Vicki Swan, with International tutors to be announced and – hopefully – a maker on-hand too.

Come and explore a diverse range of repertoire, and meet, play and socialise with other players and enthusiasts!

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

Complete beginners, beginners and improvers should take a look at our Harpas in Spring Weekend in May 2022 – details to follow. Instruments available to borrow!

Advanced players might also be interested in our Advanced Nyckelharpa course in  May 2022 – details to follow.

The Team

Vicki Swan studied at the Royal College of Music on the double bass. She also plays the various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, piano and nyckelharpa. On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. You’ll find Vicki now inhabiting the troll ridden forests on the hunt for new and exciting tunes from the näcken. Vicki plays not only the standard 3-row modern chromatic, but also the 1408 sienaharpa, the 1526 moraharpa, the 1700s kontrabasharpa and the 1800s silverbasharpa. Over the pandemic Vicki has worked tirelessly on a Virtual Music Room to try to help isolated nyckelharpa players remain motivated and focussed on playing and learning. Chances are after all this time alone at home she won’t stop talking at the Halsway weekend….