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Piva: Real Roots!

Monday 18 Feb 1pm — Wednesday 20 Feb 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 (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £tbc– single ensuite room
  • £tbc– sharing an ensuite room
  • £tbc– single non-ensuite room
  • £tbc– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £tbc

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

  • £tbc

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a fourth course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit all levels.

A particular feature of the course will be the opportunity of “having a go” on Piva’s extensive range of instruments, including renaissance recorders, crumhorns, bagpipes, curtals and hurdy gurdy;  Following the previous Piva courses at Halsway, people have taken up the violin, bagpipes and shawm!

“I most enjoyed the opportunity to try out different instruments under instruction – I felt I had been given insight into how to play them and was able to give them a proper play.” Participant

The programme will include:

  • Ensemble playing – 4 and 5 part harmony
  • Developing arrangements and making the music your own
  • Improvisation
  • Singing catches and rounds
  • Informal performance

Arrive in time for lunch on Monday (1pm) and depart after a cream tea (4pm) on Wednesday.

Who’s it For?

The course is suitable for woodwind (including recorders) and string players, and also players of more unusual instruments eg bagpipes, hurdy gurdy & nyckelharpa. Please let us know your instruments when booking your place, and we can check with Piva if you’re unsure! Participants should be competent on their instruments and have a reasonable sight reading ability.

“It was a real treat to spend a few days dedicated to music and conversation in such a beautiful setting. I can’t over emphasise that this was a real break from the everyday.” Participant

The Team

The members of Piva have wide and diverse musical backgrounds and between them they have experience in playing renaissance, jazz, classical, baroque, folk and roots music.  They bring all of these diverse musical influences  together and fuse them with their knowledge of renaissance music and instruments.

  • Eric Moulder – Renaissance woodwinds (curtal, shawm, rauschpfeife, crumhorn, recorder)
  • Tony Millyard – Hurdy gurdy and Renaissance woodwind
  • Anne Wride – Violin, viol and Renaissance woodwind
  • Jude Rees – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind, voice
  • Jane Moulder – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind

Piva will be in performance on the Tuesday night; click here for more information.

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