The 200+ workshop events programme offers a range of diverse opportunities to learn and develop in a secure and inclusive community of teachers and learners. With great variety, breadth and depth, the programme offers perennial favourites and exciting innovations with the chance to learn new skills, to polish established talents, to try one-off taster sessions or to commit to week-long series. Many series lead to showcase performances at the end of the week.
Amongst those favourite festival regulars are SANDRA KERR’s Festival Choir and PAUL SARTIN with his popular afternoon workshops. This year, Paul’s Notes from Small Islands choir sessions explore traditional songs from remoter British Isles.
JOHN KIRKPATRICK is back with Festival Concert Band, NICK AND MARY BARBER with Big Band and we will be building on the popularity of last’s year’s ukulele workshop.
JOHN DIPPER runs more Advanced Fiddle workshops, KITTY GREENWOOD returns with another series of Fiddle workshops for beginners and SARAH MATTHEWS focuses on Viola and Fiddling for Song Accompaniment. EMILY ASKEW brings us more Medieval music workshops and TERRY MANN returns with Pipe and Tabor and a series of Guitar Workshops
BOB ELLIS returns with Melodeon for Relative Beginners and Well-Known Tunes At A Steady Pace, ED RENNIE with Melodeon for Absolute Beginners and SAUL ROSE with Advanced Melodeon.
Also: JACQUELYN HYNES’ Flute, JO MAY’s Percussion workshops, ANDY CLARKE’s Bouzouki, BEN PALEY’s Old Time Music and Tune Swaps with HUGH TAYLOR.
New this year, Folkulele is a series of ukulele workshops based on folk song. Led by NORMA MILLS, she’ll run a programme from Beginners’ workshops to singalong sessions. Workshop music can be found here from the beginning of July.
As well as our popular choirs, song-based series also include the return of West Gallery Music with MIKE BAILEY and WEST GALLERY MUSIC ASSOCIATION and Shape Note with CANAAN’S LAND.
STREAM OF SOUND are back with more singing workshops for grown-ups. Then there are single workshops on a whole range of song traditions. Including Bulgarian with EUGENIA GEORGIEVA and Scottish Traditional Song with CHRISTINE KYDD. FRANKIE ARMSTRONG focuses on Finding Your Voice.
New this year Hatch, Match & Dispatch – The Singing Animal. A three part workshop presented by REUNION LANE that explores how music has evolved in the human mind and, with workshop participants, looks at the role music has played in marking significant events in their lives that may have evoked deep emotions and created indelible memories.
There are plenty of the very popular Talks with SAM RICHARDS, NICK DOW, CHRISTINE KYDD, PETER AND BARBARA SNAPE and JACK RUTTER among the early confirmations. RACKER DONNELLY is back with Writing to Delight!
For dancers, there’s a treat with CENTRALBAL, led by the legendary Patrick Bouffard, joining us for two Bals and a Dance workshop. Bhangra is back with AVTAR INDIAN DANCE. There’s the week-long European Dance series with KERRY FLETCHER, Danish Folk Dance with JEREMY NEWTON and DE SMÅ GRÅ and Irish Set Dance with KEVIN MONAGHAN.
HANNAH MOORE is back with Swing and Lindy Hop and new this year, Jazz Dance and Mish Mash Partner Dancing. INSTEP RESEARCH TEAM return with their popular Social Stepping workshops and sessions.
And, of course, there’s a whole range of Folk Dance from Contra to English Country Dance via Early Dance and Ritual Dance from Rapper to Border Morris via Appalachian! Many more to come!