COVID-19 Note: This is a NEW event which we have added to our Autumn programme! Click here for Halsway’s COVID-19 Guidance for your visit.
Following the cancellation of our annual Piano Accordion Weekend earlier this year (rescheduled for 2-4 July 2021), we’re delighted to welcome Paul Hutchinson & Murray Grainger back to the Manor for a weekend of squeezing together – responsibly.
Teaching new tunes and various techniques, for intermediate and advanced-level players. Limited numbers so apply immediately. Should there be a further lockdown, you will go away with plenty to work on in isolation…
Who’s it For?
This course is for intermediate and advanced players – see definitions below – and you’ll need to be able to read music for this course.
Intermediate: You’ll know your way around the right hand and have an understanding of the left hand layout too. You’ll be playing with two hands together, albeit at a gentle pace. You’ll be wanting to learn new tunes and techniques, but needing to keep the pace steady.
Higher Intermediate / Advanced: You can master a new tune, both hands together, quickly and confidently. You are becoming familiar with counter-basses, short bass runs and can reliably jump from the C row to the A row for example. You’ll be wanting to learn new tunes and styles whilst focusing on musicality, and working at a faster pace.
Paul Hutchinson studied piano and church organ before being persuaded at the age of 17 to take up the accordion and form a ceilidh band. Since then he’s become one of the best-known and in demand players on the folk scene – in the UK and beyond – as one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, with trio Hoover the Dog, Pagoda Project (with Karen Wimhurst), and PLF. Paul is a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor, and the accordion tutor for EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.
Murray Grainger is one of Britain’s most influential and innovative accordionists. Whether working with the finest orchestras, pushing the boundaries with his traditional projects or teaching around the UK, Murray is at the forefront of the British accordion scene. Trained in the classical accordion at The Royal Academy of Music, Murray has been a tutor in both classical and folk accordion at Chetham’s School of Music, on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music course, and as the Director of Education for Young Musicians Stornoway. He is a regular tutor on Halsway Manor’s Accordion Weekend.