Halsway Festival Weekend September 2020

Harpas at Halsway - Nyckelharpa Festival
at Halsway Manor
18th - 20th September 2020*
Contact Vicki and Halsway Manor (+44 1984 618274)
When you have booked get in touch with Vicki so course details can be sent out.
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Interest in the nyckelharpa has been steadily growing over the last decade and finally the critical mass has been reached to allow a whole weekend festival for this wonderful instrument. The eighth year of Nyckelharpas at Halsway is bigger and better. Taking over the main building means that there can be more tutors, more players and more exciting adventures to be had.

There will be a free choice of workshops to participate in, but the slower group will have clear signposting.
If you are a beginner without an instrument you will need to attend the May workshop (or similar) before coming in September.

Tutors for 2020 are Johan Lång, Björn Kaidel and of course Vicki Swan.

About Johan Lång - (Sweden)
Johan Lång was born in 1994 in Uppsala, Sweden and started his musical interest early at the age of 6 when he began playing the fiddle. However, at the age of 16, he discovered the Nyckelharpa and was instantly mesmerised by the its ethereal sound and almost over night changed his focus to the unarguably superior musical instrument.
Johan studied at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the University College of Music Education in Stockholm. He has been awarded with scholarships from The Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Blankfelt Memorial Fund for Folk Music from Uppland and became Riksspelman in 2018 when he was awarded the Silver Zorn Badge for his performance of Uppland tunes.
Since 2016 he’s been leading weekly nyckelharpa courses in Stockholm and also tutored on shorter courses both within and outside of Sweden. One of Johan’s favourite topics is playing technique and enjoys discussions on how to use the instrument in an as optimal way as possible.
Johan is also member of the folk music bands Tagelfar and Eir.

About Björn Kaidel - (Germany)
Björn is a passionate folk musician from Germany. When he met the nyckelharpa for the first time, he immediately fell in love with the instrument and dove deep into its tradition and playing techniques.
He has studied nyckelharpa in various workshops and since 2015 he regularly travels to Sweden and receives private lessons from Josefina Paulson. He mainly plays Swedish, German and modern Bal Folk music. Björn is involved in the scene of folk musicians that is reviving almost forgotten German folk music by playing tunes from old manuscripts from the 17th to 19th century that are slowly being rediscovered in libraries and private collections.
He is a founding member of Akleja, Airu and Fior, with which he has played concerts and dance evenings all over Europe (e.g. in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland). Björn loves to teach and is regularly booked for ensemble and nyckelharpa workshops in Germany and abroad.

About Vicki Swan - (UK)
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. In addition to various duo recordings Vicki has published several books for nyckelharpa and worked with Soniccouture to create a nyckelharpa sample pack. 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) in 2013 and a tutor on the International Nyckelharpa Days in Germany in 2014, 2015 and 2020.

*Note that for 2020 we are a week later than usual. (This is for one year only). Apologies to those people who go to the Hartington Hop. But it does mean that this year we don't clash with Medieval Music in the Dales or Bromyard Folk Festival.


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