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Nyckelharpa Retreat Week

Monday 30 Jan 4pm — Friday 3 Feb 10am, 2023

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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Our energy costs have trebled so we are having to apply a temporary £10 fuel levy on bookings. We hope you understand as we want Halsway to keep running long into the future.

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

  • £400– single ensuite room
  • £365– sharing an ensuite room
  • £365– single non-ensuite room
  • £330 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £240

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

  • £225

Join Vicki Swan for five days of nyckelharpa playing. Workshops will include mostly Swedish music, ensemble playing and some optional technique sessions. This course will run alongside Jonny’s Scandinavian Accordion week and we will come together in the evenings.

This course is slightly longer than the weekends and will include some time for 1-to-1 learning, ensembles and even a quick trip up to the top of the Quantocks.

Who’s it For?

Nyckelharpa players wanting to immerse themselves in a week of playing Swedish music.

Also open to fiddle players (any technique work will be aimed at nyckelharpa players as Vicki doesn’t play fiddle – but will be suitable for either instrument).

The Tutor

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….