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Simon Mayor Mandolin Workshop Weekend 2016

Friday 25 Mar 4pm — Sunday 27 Mar 5pm, 2016

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

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‘A master musician at his absolute best’ The Living Tradition
Simon Mayor is beyond doubt this country’s finest mandolin player, moving effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability.
‘Exquisitely played’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
The overwhelming success of Simon’s ‘Halsway Manor Mandolin Workshop Weekend’ last January prompted immediate requests for this return visit – and here it is!


Simon will cover all right & left hand techniques including position shifting, tremolo, decoration, tone production & more. Mandolinists, mandola players, mandocellists and mandobassists (are there any out there?) are all invited to this group experience involving some ensemble playing (with easy parts to follow) and the opportunity to accompany songs with singers from Hilary James’ Voice Workshop which runs alongside this event.



‘Matchless playing and breadth of genres, from classical to ragtime. Superb.’ Musician Magazine

Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos and composers for the instruments. His many faceted career includes his own series on BBC Radio 2, an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart and causing mayhem at a Canadian humour festival, but his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool!




You can arrive anytime Friday but your room may not be available until 4pm. Course starts after dinner Friday evening. Finishes 5pm Sunday.


You can book on a course at Halsway and bring a friend who can explore the area while using Halsway as a base for meals and accommodation. Please Phone for details. Halsway Manor is in the Quantock Hills (England’s oldest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), 10 minutes from the West Somerset Railway (one of Britain’s largest steam railways), 20 minutes from the fossil beaches at Kilve and 30 minutes from the Exmoor National Park.


To make a booking please phone Viv Butler, Events and booking Manager on 01984 618274 (+44 19 84 61 82 74) or EMAIL US with your requirements.


All events, meals and accommodation (arrive from 4pm Friday, depart after 5pm Sunday:

£210 – single ensuite room;
£190 – sharing ensuite room;
£190 – single non-ensuite room;
£150 – sharing non- ensuite room.

Camper vans / caravans: £145 to include all meals and activities.


Further options available for day visitors (£50 per day including meals), for non-residents (£110) and for non-participating partners / friends / family wishing to share your accomodation and make the most of the lovely countryside and attractions of West Somerset. Ring for more details.


We get lots of plaudits for our food which is wholesome, plentiful and prepared on the premises each day by our two chefs, Ian and Amy, using fresh ingredients from local suppliers wherever possible. All dietary needs are catered for, just let us know when you book.


Our reasonably priced bar stocks a great selection of Somerset ales and ciders as well as wines, spirits and non alcoholic drinks. You can pay as you go or have a bar tab and settle up by cash or card when you leave. The bar is a great place for informal music sessions in the evenings.