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WCCP Concertinas at Halsway

Friday 18 Mar 4pm — Sunday 20 Mar 4pm, 2022

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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Pricing

Previous bookings from the cancelled 2021 event will be transferred to this course.

Remaining places will be available to new bookings as follows:

  • WCCP members from Monday 5 April 2021.
  • Non-WCCP members from Monday 3 May 2021.

We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type. Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the weekend!

Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £270– single ensuite room
  • £232– sharing an ensuite room
  • £232– single non-ensuite room
  • £185– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £175

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

  • £165

Stay an extra night! Sunday supper, B&B: £40

We’re delighted to welcome West Country Concertina Players to Halsway Manor to host a packed concertina workshop weekend for intermediate / advanced level players of all systems. You do not need to be a member of WCCP to come (though you might consider joining them – it’s only £10 annually); the weekend is open to all. This is a popular weekend and priority will be given to WCCP members through an opportunity to book early.

Workshop strands are as follows, you will need to let us know which group you’d like to join when booking:

  • Concertina Band with Claire Wren
  • English System – Dave Ball
  • Anglo System – John Kirkpatrick
  • Duet System – Iris Bishop

An essential part of the team, ‘The Concertina Tinker‘ Dave Elliott will be in attendance throughout the weekend offering ‘Concertina A&E’ and practical advice and expertise regarding maintenance.

There will be time to relax in the comfort of Halsway Manor, with evening playing sessions in the bar, plus an informal tutor’s concert on the Saturday evening. There’s also the option to stay an extra night and book for Sunday supper, B&B, the perfect time to relax and unwind after a busy weekend of music and socialising.

A selection of music for the Duet, Anglo and English workshops and all music for those opting for Band will be made available ahead of the weekend. Band music will be part and instrument specific.

A note re. Band Workshop: We’ll be in touch, as Claire will need to know what instruments you will be bringing and whether you would be willing to lend or play other instruments within the band workshop. Band balance only works if enough people play lower pitch instruments. All players must be prepared to play at least one line on a lower pitched instrument. 

Who’s it For?

WCCP offer a course for all abilities from beginners upwards in October each year – see website for details.

This Halsway course however is aimed at players at a more advanced level; you’ll be a competent player, fluent in your chosen system and ready to develop technique and repertoire in a group workshop environment. We regret that beginners / post beginners cannot be accommodated on this course.

You do not need to be a member of WCCP to come, but we are opening bookings early for WCCP members.

The Team

Claire Wren has been running concertina band workshops for over 25 years. She has written extensively for concertina band and smaller ensembles. Claire is the Musical Director of Banding Together and also directs her own concertina band “J25”. Claire’s favourite pastime is rehearsal!

John Kirkpatrick MBE needs no introduction! A cornerstone of the UK folk revival, he remains as busy today as ever, with a packed schedule of performing and teaching across the UK and beyond. He is a hugely experienced tutor of Anglo Concertina, and also of melodeon, button accordion and song accompaniment.

Iris Bishop is one of the country`s best exponents of duet concertina and accordion, playing with a number of great bands and regularly accompanying Martyn Wyndham-Read. Also her expertise in knitting and associated design is second to none!

Dave Ball plays melodeon, violin – & English concertina! He is also a very experienced band leader and good-humoured dance caller, with a range of unusual dances and interesting tunes. In recent years he has been co-organiser and tutor for the Swaledale Squeeze; Festival Orchestra Leader at Whitby Folk Festival; played the concertina on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London for an hour as part of an artwork by Antony Gormley. In June 2019 he completed a 5 year project collecting at least one tune for each day of the year, whose tune name references that particular day.

Dave Elliott: since inheriting his Great Uncle Harry’ s instrument many years ago, Dave has repaired, serviced, and restored literally hundreds of concertinas from the big bass to the minute miniatures; the finest of the Jeffries Anglos to the most basic, through the English system’s Aeolas, Edeophones to basic student models; 70 plus key duets too, well the list goes on. Keeping it in the family, he will be assisted over the weekend by his daughter Amanda.

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