We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a third 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
- 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 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.