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Melodeon Workshop: Anne Niepold & Riccardo Tesi

Monday 14 Oct 12pm — Friday 18 Oct 1pm, 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, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £360 – single ensuite room
  • £329 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £329 – single non-ensuite room
  • £298 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £222

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

  • £207

This course detail has been edited. Please re-read course information carefully before making a booking.

We are delighted to welcome two of Europe’s greatest exponents of the diatonic button accordion to teach this extended course at Halsway Manor for advanced, and advanced-intermediate players. Anne Niepold is a familiar name to many at Halsway, having been a regular tutor on our DG Melodeon Weekend and European Music Weekend. This will be Riccardo Tesi‘s first visit to Halsway, and a rare chance to study with him in the UK.

It will be an intensive week of skills-based learning focussing on your development as a musician, discovering new ways to interpret and play, and to make the music your own. There will also be an opportunity to see these two great musicians perform in an informal evening concert.

The group – limited to approximately 20 students – will be split in two by the tutors at the start of the course. This will be done according to ability level; if you are coming with friends this may mean you will be working in different groups. Each group will work in the main with one tutor, but there will be sessions where Anne and Riccardo swap groups, plus plenty of informal time to meet, chat and play with others.

Arrival is from noon on Monday, with lunch at 1pm, and we begin playing at 3pm!

Who’s it For?

  • This course is for advanced and advanced-intermediate level players of the DG melodeon (If you also have a box  in GC, bring it as well).
  • Please read the Halsway Melodeon Levels description carefully before you make a booking, this course is for levels 3.5, 4 and 5.
  • The course is not suitable for beginners, improvers or lower intermediates; please do not make a booking unless you have the skill level required. A broader range of abilities is catered for in our DG Weekend in July, which covers levels 2, 3 and 4, with level 5 players also welcome.
  • If you are a motivated level 3.5 player and would like to come please give us a call. There will be two groups based on ability and you may be suited to the intermediate group.
  • If you have any doubts please email us for advice, thank you.

Click here for Halsway Melodeon Levels

Riccardo Tesi: Riccardo’s course offers an overview of the various aspects that characterize today’s practice of the  diatonic accordion. Through the learning of both traditional and original songs the course examines problems of both a technical nature (use of bellows, linear cross-technique, fingering, coordination etc.) and of interpretation (ornamentation, expression, staccato and legato etc.). Ample space will be devoted to the harmonious aspect and compositional process of the instrument and its use in non-traditional contexts.

Anne Niepold: Explore what it takes to become a better player, and a better musician too. The course is not repertoire based, you won’t be learning dozens of tunes; instead you’ll be using one or two tunes as the starting point from which to discover new ways to interpret and play, using improvisation, composition, playing together in large and small groups, creating accompaniments and arrangements. You need to be open to trying new things, and to be prepared to work hard – it will be intensive but also an enjoyable and rewarding week!

The Tutors

Anne Niepold (Belgium) is an extraordinary accordionist and composer. She is also an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher with a great sense of fun!

Anne studied in the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and attended many courses and masterclasses. As a performer she is a true force of nature – brash, adventurous and phenomenally skilled, she takes the humble accordion in startling directions. Beside her solo projects, she performs with numerous arts companies at home and abroad, and has numerous recordings to her name.

“(Anne) shows us the right way, that of intelligence, respect, emotion and heart. Run quickly listen to her and see her in concert!”
Richard Galliano, Accordionist

Riccardo Tesi (Italy) internationally acclaimed accordion player and composer, is  rated as one of the most daring and authoritative musicians in the European world music scene.

His style is easily recognizable, allowing his diatonic accordeon to speak both an archaic and modern language, widening the vocabulary and the technique of an instrument for a long time preserved as part of a traditional heritage. A brilliantly outdated choice that places Tesi, thanks to his lyrical and virtuoso skills, among those who have brought the accordeon and all the instruments alike back to their dignity all over the world.

Over his thirty five year career, Riccardo has collaborated with world music artists such as Elena Ledda, Justin Vali, Kepa Junkera, John Kirkpatrick and Patrick Vaillant, jazz musicians  Gianluigi Trovesi and Gabriele Mirabassi, and  great songwriters as Ivano Fossati, Fabrizio De Andrè and Gian Maria Testa.

Leader of Banditaliana , one of the most renowned Italian groups on the world music international scene, and member of Samurai, all stars quintet  of european accordeon players, he has played in the most important jazz & folk festivals all over Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan.

He has recorded over 24 albums and composed music for film and theatre.