Nyckelharpa Beginners Course in the North East, near Morpeth
Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th February 2020
About the Weekend
This is a two day nyckelharpa weekend course, each day being aimed at different levels. Most people won't want to do both days, but will select the day for the level suited to them.
Saturday will be dedicated to beginners with some spaces available with instruments to borrow.
Sunday will be more varied and be of a higher level for people that can already play. Get in touch to find out which day is more appropriate and if attending both days would be a possibility. The course will be designed so that depending on the learner there will be progression between the two days and day 2 will be differentiated so that the less experienced will gain as much as the more experienced.
£70 per day, including morning and afternoon coffee and cake/biscuit, lunch
£8 - concert and supper for course participants
£10 - concert and supper for non course participants
Sandpipers, North Broomhill, Northumberland, NE65 9UL
(The actual content of the course will reflect the interests and abilities of the participants)
For more information on the course contact Vicki.
For booking on the Morpeth course contact Susan:
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Day One - Beginners
10:30 Registration / Coffee
11:00 Getting strapped in —How to hold the nyckelharpa
11:30 ‘Calibration’ the first five notes
12:00 Angelic Canons
13:30 Expansion of notes, how low can we go
16:00 Your first polska
19:00 Concert (pudding in the interval)
Day Two - Already Players
10:30 Technique - timbre and tone
Getting the best sound from the nyckelharpa. Using the schottis and some strategic exercises working on getting the sypathetic strings ringing clearly.
13:30 Technique - finger flexibility
Moving up and down the keybox, exercises and polska included.
15:00 Looking back in time
Taking a look at older style polskas and relating them to old style nyckelharpas (gammalharpa)
Northumberland offers many activities for visitors. The glorious beaches provide the opportunity for quiet reflection, or strenuous exercise, as does the fabulous countryside and remarkable Cheviot Hills. Music also plays an important part in the cultural life of the region. Northumberland has the unique Bagpipe Museum at the Chantry in Morpeth.
Accommodation is available within walking distance,
The Trap Inn, North Broomhill. Tel.01670 761672 www.trapinn.co.uk
The Bridges B&B, Togston Road, North Broomhill, NE65 9TP www.Thebridgesbandb.co.uk - 01670 761989
Coal Houses Farm Caravan Site - 01670 760323
Togston Hall Farmhouse B&B, North Togston, NE65 0HR 01665 712699 (c 1.5 miles)
The Railway Inn, Acklington (c.1.9 miles). Tel.01670 760320 www.railway-inn.co.uk (including caravan and motorhome pitches)Northumberland Cottage B&B, Chevington Moor, Morpeth,NE61 3BA, 01670 783339 (c 4.1 miles)