This course has been cancelled because of Covid-19
15th - 17th May 2020
(note change of date!)
Contact Vicki and Halsway Manor (+44 1984 618274)
When you have booked get in touch with Vicki so course details can be sent out.
If you have changed your email address, make sure you get in touch!
This weekend is aimed at complete beginners and the less confident. The group will be split into two levels with two tutors. For the second year we have the Canadian nyckelharpa player Kirsty Money as our second tutor.
The Nyckelharpa is an amazing instrument that grabs everyone that comes into contact with it. This is your opportunity to meet and play the instrument for the weekend. Eight spaces are up for grabs for the complete beginner with an instrument provided. Spaces fill up fast on this course - so don't delay. If you want to borrow an instrument book now!
This is a full-on, fun packed workshop weekend for beginners as well as more experienced players of this unusual Swedish folk stringed instrument. Arrive from 4pm Friday. Finishes 5pm Sunday. There is the possibility of staying over until the Monday morning (for a supplementary fee).
Workshops will cover all aspects of playing the nyckelharpa:
posture • technique • bowing • Swedish tunes • British tunes • chord playing
ensemble playing (by ear) • exercises • Nyckelrythmics
Vicki graduated from the Royal College of Music on double bass, specialising in performance. Well known on the British folk scene she is a full time folk musician performing on nyckelharpa, bagpipes and singing. Being half Swedish the nyckelharpa was a natural choice to add to her armory of instruments and is now leading the development of the nyckelharpa in Great Britain with the UK Nyckelharpa Project and spearheaded the newly formed UK Nyckelharpa Society. In addition to various duo recordings Vicki has recently published the ‘British Session Tunes for Nyckelharpa’, a book of Duets in the Swedish Style and Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes published by Schott. Vicki is a qualified teacher, specialising in instrumental teaching and has a masters in Education (specialising in distance tuition on the Scottish smallpipes) and composes and arranges music for the nyckelharpa and other ensembles. She was a member of the ENCORE (European Nyckelharpa Co-operation - Orchestral Experience, 2013) and a tutor on the International Nyckelharpa Days in Germany in 2014, 2015 and 2020.
Kirsty Money (Halifax, NS, Canada) is a multi-instrumentalist that plays modern and baroque violin/viola and the nyckelharpa. She enjoys playing many different styles of music (Classical, Trad. Jazz, Pop, Contemporary, Flamenco) and has played professionally in Canada, the United States and Europe. She is currently a member of Symphony Nova Scotia, and is known for her musical versatility in the Canadian music scene.
Her principal mentors of the nyckelharpa include Swedish players Olov Johansson , Magnus Holmström, Josefina Paulson, and of course Vicki Swan (UK). Although little is known of the nyckelharpa in Canada, Kirsty is starting to be an ambassador for the instrument, and has given several concerts, radio interviews, and education workshops in Maritime Canada, Québec, and Victoria, BC. One of Kirsty’s principal goals in playing and teaching the nyckelharpa is to educate people about the extraordinary sonic possibilities, repertoire and historical intrigue this instrument has to offer. She is excited to collaborate with Vicki Swan at Halsway this year, and will share her passion and knowledge with the participants, providing a solid foundation from which to start learning the nyckelharpa.
What is Halsway Manor like?
I put together a video from the first ever large weekend:
How to Book:
Phone Halsway Manor and ask for Viv to make your booking - +44 19 84 61 82 74
Then send Vicki an email to be added to the participant list and get access to the community.