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Spring Hothouse 2016

Monday 28 Mar 9am — Friday 1 Apr 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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Led by Will Lang and a team of internationally recognised young folk practitioners, Archie Churchill Moss (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Moore Moss Rutter), Laura Beth Salter (The Shee) and – in a dedicated pastoral role to make sure participants are supported while away from home – musician and clog dancer Claire Bailey.

The Hothouse performers will operate as a company: taking warm ups together, technique classes in their disciplines, learning repertoire and creating contemporary reinterpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts. The week culminates in a performance at Halsway Manor, supporting folk band Faustus.

This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 13-25. Prior experience – as either a dancer or musician – is essential, but it’s ok if you’re new to folk.


Archie Churchill-Moss has been playing melodeon for 11 years. He is best known for his work with English contemporary trio, Moore, Moss, Rutter, who won the coveted BBC Young Folk awards in 2011. He has received tuition from some of the UK’s top box players, including Andy Cutting, Julian Sutton, Saul Rose and Rob Harbron. He is currently working with singer songwriter, Ange Hardy and has performed with bands such as False Lights and Mawkin.



Laura-Beth Salter is a well kent face on the Glasgow Folk and Roots scene, a founding member of renowned folk band The Shee and was nominated for the MG Alba Composer of the year award in 2013 after the success of her Celtic Connections commission and debut album ‘Breathe.’ She is also an active tutor of mandolin and youth projects all over the UK.


Claire Bailey – In addition to being a fantastic musician, dancer and tutor, Claire is our dedicated pastoral leader to ensure that all participants have the required support when staying away from home.

Will Lang is a modern British Folk musician, composer and producer, who is a core tutor on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music degree. Will is a well-respected music educator and in the South West has worked on folk education projects with Halsway Manor, Folk South West, Sidmouth Folk Week and Priddy Folk Festival to name a few. Although rooted in Folk music, Will is well known for his collaborations, bringing a folk influence to many performers including Mercury Music Award-winning Nitin Sawhney. Will has recently been commissioned to write a series of folk inspired choral pieces for The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and has also begun working with Durham Choral Society and Durham Cathedral. It is his work in Folk and wider-reaching genres that enables Will to inspire young musicians who are yet to discover Folk music and encourage them to explore the roots of their traditional music.
Contact us for an application form:
Phone 01984 618274 / email office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, tuition):
£130 Indoor camping
Bursary places – supported by BAM Construction – are available, contact us for 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.