Over the next year we will be running a variety of exciting projects in local schools. We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Funding enables us to do this and build a stronger relationship with children and teachers in our area. There are three strands to this project, working on the history of the manor, heritage, folklore and creative writing with three local primary schools, dance with middle school age and music leading into our Young Halsway programme with two local colleges.
UPDATE: The Workshops have now started!
Over the past month GCSE students at Haygrove School in Bridgwater and West Somerset College in Minehead have worked with musicians Sam Kelly and Archie Churchill Moss, whose band Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys are Halsway’s Artists in Residence for 2018. Each college spent two days working to learn and arrange traditional Somerset tunes. The majority of students had little of no knowledge of folk music before the workshops and it was brilliant to see how they embraced the genre and used their musical skills to bring traditional tunes to life in a new way that was uniquely theirs.
The workshops have led to really exciting different outcomes. The Haygrove students recorded their arrangements and went on to perform them at the school end of term festival Glastongrove! The West Somerset College students are continuing their development as folk musicians and work with Sam and Archie, with a group attending our Young Halsway Intermediate residency, which leads to a performance at Sidmouth Folk Festival.
Feedback from the students included:
‘The workshop was really fun and interesting because we learnt a different style of music that we would usually play, which was great!’
‘It made me feel more confident and taught me how to play by ear, which is a great new skill to have.’
‘The workshop was really interesting and changed my opinion of folk.’
‘Before the workshop I didn’t know what folk was and now I know a lot about it.‘
Keep checking back for more updates as the other school workshops take place throughout the year.