Halsway Festival Weekend September 2020

Virtual Harpas at Halsway - Nyckelharpa Festival
at Halsway Manor
18th and 19th September 2020

We've gone online! I've put together a programme including a Friday night session, Saturday day time YouTube warm ups and workshops and also Zoom workshops finishing with a Zoom concert. The timings are set so that it runs through the whole day and you can do everything in real time. The only things that will stay up after the event are on YouTube. Nothing on Zoom will be recorded - you have to be there. The Friday Zoom session is free. The Saturday Zoom workshops are by suggested donation - but you can donate afterwards, or  not at all if you can't afford it. The Saturday night concert is entry by ticket.

I've really missed everyone this year - so I'm looking forward to seeing you via the medium of the little Zoom boxes - it's better than nothing! I'll be posting stuff into FaceBook. So if you need to get in touch I'll be in there as well as Zoom and YouTube the whole time!

Here is downloadable printable schedule - Click here!

Friday 18th September
20:00 - Zoom Session - get in touch for the meeting details
Download the dots to the tune so you can brush up on them in advance!
The tunes are all listed and links to teaching videos are on the blog.

Saturday 19th September
10:00 - 10:10 - Nyckelharpa Warmups on YouTube
10:15 - 10:20 Rhythmic Warmup on YouTube
10:20 - 10:30  Musical warmup on YouTube
10:30 - 10:50 Workshop by Kirsty Money in YouTube
10:45  - Doors open to the Zoom
11:00 Welcome by Vicki
11:00 - 12:00 - Workshop by Leif Alpsjö in Zoom (download the music)
12:15 - 13:15 - Workshop by Thor Pleijel in Zoom
13:15 - 14:00 - Break for lunch
14:00-14:15 - Global Halsway Parade in YouTube
14:15-14:25 Workshop by Björn Kaidel in YouTube
14:30-15:30 - Workshop by Peter Hedlund in Zoom
16:00 - 17:00 - Workshop by Vicki Swan in Zoom (download the music)
20:00-22:00 -  Vicki & Jonny present their all new - Zoom Concert

Entry into Zoom will be by ticket, we have a maximum of 100 logins (which is probably more than enough, but as participants can come from anywhere in the world you need to register.
Friday/Saturday day ticket - donation, minimum suggested £1. The money will be split amongst workshop leaders. (Give what you can). Registration can be done in two ways:


The Saturday evening concert is a separate ticket as it's part of Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer's September Zoom Concert tour.

Friday 18th September
20:00 - 22:00 - Zoom Session 
Doors will open at 19:30 and to be honest - there is no finish time. This is a round the room Zoom session with tunes being led by Vicki/Jonny, Barry, Pete/Fiona, John, Kirsty and Ed/Miranda leading tunes. The tune list is now available to download from here. A full list with links to most of the tunes being taught is on my Blog - click here! Make sure you've registered so I can send you the Zoom meeting details!

Saturday 19th September
10:00 - 10:30 - Warm Up on YouTube and nyckelrhythmics.
Vicki will again don her lycra and give you a nyckelharpa based 'keep fit' warm up. Join in or just watch from the sidelines! Followed by improving your rhythm and general musicianship skills. The playlist below will premiere on the 19th.

10:30 - 10:50 - Kirsty Money's YouTube Workshop

10:45 - Zoom room open and will be open most of the day, except for sound and technical checks.

11:00 - Zoom Welcome and introduction by Vicki.

11:00-12:00 - Zoom Workshop  - Leif Alpsjö
(Download the music)

Leif has been teaching nyckelharpa since the mid 1970s and has a whole world of experience. He runs a week long course up in the heart of Byss-Calle land, Älvkarleby in August each year. Click here to find out more about Leif.

12:15 - 13:15 - Zoom Workshop  - Thor Pleijel
Thor is a player and maker of nyckelharpas and has kindly agreed to give a workshop on the wonderful silverbasharpa, which is coming ever more popular in the UK! Definitely not a workshop to be missed! Click here to find out more about Thor.

13:15 - 14:00 - Lunch / comfort break (zoom room stay open to chat)

14:00 - 14:15 - The global Halsway Parade - play-a-long. YouTube Premiere
This is in two parts! All the details are on the blog - CLICK HERE!
Part 1 - film yourself playing along to the Halsway Parade Guide track and send it to me to edit into one big mosaic video.

Part 2 - Join Vicki for the livestream Global Halsway Parade on YouTube!

14:15 - 14:25 - Björn Kaidel's YouTube Workshop

14:30 - 15:30 - Zoom Workshop 3 - Peter Hedlund
Peter has been teaching the nyckelharpa for many years and created the first teaching video content back in 2000. RIkspelman, Worldchampion and Zorn Gold award holder find out more about Peter here.

16:00 - 17:00 - Zoom Workshop 4  - Vicki Swan
(Download the music)

Vicki has been crowdfunding an album of Dances from Terpsichore by Praetorius and this crowdfunder draws to a close on Saturday 19th. Vicki will introduce the album, teach some tunes from it and maybe even have the full crew in residence so we can do a play-along-in-Zoom. (Using some nyckelharpa magic to fix the ever present latency issue....)

17:30 Zoom room closes for sound checks and change of audience.

20:00 - 22:00 - Evening Concert in Zoom given by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
Vicki's nyckelharpa extravaganza. (The exact name of the show isn't decided yet!) 
This will be a preview of a show that will guarantee seven different sorts of nyckelharpas. Histories and stories never heard before. 

After this date it goes on tour - virtually of course! So you can still catch it next month. Details to be confirmed!


Halsway Manor are Fundraising to expand the Manor. Sign up to Easy Fundraising and help them so that we can have more nyckelharpas at the Manor!

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