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Klezwest! Klezmer Weekend

Friday 29 Nov 4pm — Sunday 1 Dec 4pm, 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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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutors 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, tutors gig, all meals):

  • £155

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

  • £145

Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with members of the London Klezmer Quartet. Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet and accordion), Josh Middleton (piano accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals) will take you deep into freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers, and more in this course for all levels. 

There will be a particular focus on learning by ear, and for those who need it there’ll be guidance on working without dots, and an introduction to jamming.

Go at your own pace, learning tunes and gaining confidence with the modes, ornamentation and accompaniment that give klezmer music its unique flavour. Play in a klezmer band, be part of the Halsway Klezmer Kapelye (big band), and learn steps for the dances that the music traditionally accompanies.

All instruments are welcome.

Who’s it For?

This is a course for all players of all instruments as a fun introduction to playing klezmer music (it’s ok if you’re new to klezmer). The course will be taught by ear and is open to all levels of ability except complete beginners; you will need to have a good basic grasp of your instrument to join in.

“An inspiring – and fun! – weekend. I was completely new to klezmer, and enjoyed learning with musicians from different backgrounds. Next year can’t come soon enough!” Participant

The Team

The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

LKQ was formed in 2009 by a group of klezmer specialists keen to explore the almost-lost wedding music tradition of Jewish eastern Europe. The band was swiftly picked up by some of the UK’s foremost folk & world music promoters – Songlines Magazine, Continental Drifts and The Magpie’s Nest offered stages for the group’s unique combination of artistry and exuberance.

The band has played UK venues and festivals including Cafe Oto, the Green Note, Kings Place, Rich Mix, Southbank Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Vortex Jazz Club. Festivals include Blysh Festival (Wales), Kings Place Festival, Klezfest, Songlines Festival, and Women of the World Festival. LKQ has also been part of UK rural touring schemes in Dorset, Gloucestershire, the north of England and Wales. Internationally The London Klezmer Quartet has opened Jewish music festivals in Sao Paolo Brazil (Kleztival), Gelsenkirchen and Munich. In the course of six tours, LKQ has played to packed houses around Australia, headlining at the National Folk Festival in Canberra two years running and other festivals including the Blue Mountains Music Festival, Fairbridge Music Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival. LKQ has also performed in Holland, New Zealand, Sweden, and Latvia. So they are very welcome here at Halsway Manor.