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Piano Accordion Workshop Weekend

Friday 17 Jun 4pm — Sunday 19 Jun 5pm, 2016

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 (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £220 – single ensuite room
  • £195 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £195 – single non-ensuite room
  • £150 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £140

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

  • £130

An intensive weekend for piano accordion players of all ages and abilities to learn from three great musician/tutors – Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger and Jane Ward (beginners). There will be work on technique, repertoire and interpretation of folk tunes in small groups, with time for individual tuition, plus informal evening sessions and a Saturday night tutors’ concert. We have a dedicated tutor (Jane) to work with beginners and help them get the most from the weekend.

Who’s it For?

The course is aimed at piano accordion players of all levels.

“Always a lovely friendly group and great to feel quite comfortable about changing groups if you felt in the wrong place. Inspiring and challenging.” Participant

The Team

Paul Hutchinson is regarded as one of the top accordionists in the country due to his unique and refreshing approach to playing. He is the Resident Accordion Tutor at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and at Halsway Manor. His keen interest in and knowledge of 17th & 18th century music has resulted in appearances at festivals in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. Fusion music has always appealed to him since his days in noted Celtic jazzers, Hoover the Dog – now quartet Pagoda provides a vehicle for his own compositions with more than a helping hand from jazz clarinettist, Karen Wimhurst.

 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. This will be his third year as a tutor on Halsway Manor’s Accordion Weekend.
Jane Ward is our third tutor, dedicated to ensuring beginners get the most from the weekend.