2017 was year six and for a second year we had two courses, making this course number eight. 45 nyckelharpa players and we had people from Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Canada, USA and Australia. It was epic!!
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 sixth 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 activities.
Tutors booked so far:
Magnus Holmström is back by popular demand for a second year and will focus on Swedish music.
Josefina Paulson will be focussing on posture and technique
Vicki Swan will be teaching British and alternative tunes and taking good care of the beginners and intermediates.
Carol Turner will be working with the beginners and less confident,
All tutors will be looking at improving technique and ability and also tune repertoire.
There are no longer any instruments left to borrow. If you need to borrow an instrument check out the March 2018 course.
Friday Night - Opening meeting and session
Saturday - workshops • concert • dance • session
Sunday - workshops • the procession
check prices with Halsway Manor
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.
Tutors for 2017:
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 and spearheaded the newly formed UK Nyckelharpa Society. In addition to various duo recordings Vicki has recently published the ‘British Session Tunes for Nyckelharpa’ and also a book of Duets in the Swedish Style. 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 is a member of the ENCORE (European Nyckelharpa Co-operation - ORchestral Experience) for 2013 and a tutor on the International Nyckelharpa Days in Germany in 2014 and 2015.
About Magnus Holmström (Sweden)
Magnus Holmström, Sigtuna (Sweden), is a professional nyckelharpa player and an experienced teacher. He studied at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo and at the Royal Collage of Music in Stcokholm. In 2004, he won the World championships with “Gammelharpa” (old style nyckelhapra) and in 2006 both with “Gammelharpa” and modern nyckelharpa. In 2006, he also won the award; “musician of honour” at Burträsksvängen and in 2008 the Bror Hjorth Scholarship. He is a regular tutor at the International Nyckelharpa Days in Germany.
About Josefina Paulson (Sweden)
Josefina has been playing the nyckelharpa since 1992 and has developed a deep knowledge of the traditional music from Västmanland where she grew up. She has been touring as a soloist all around the world. In 2008 she was awarded the title ”riksspelman” from the Zorn jury and in 2011 she received the honourable ”Bror Hjorth Scholarship” with the motivation ”technically brilliant, very committed performance on the nyckelharpa with both the preservation of cultural traditions and a gentle personal and creative rejuvenation”. Josefina studied on the one year course at Eric Sahlström Institutet and also has a Bachelors degree in music, with nyckelharpa as her first study from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. She was nominated as artist of the year at the "Folk and World Music Award" in 2016 and received the title "World Champion of Modern Nyckelharpa" in Österbybruk in June 2016.
About Carol Turner (UK)
Carol Turner has been playing Swedish music for over thirty years, first on violin and then on nyckelharpa. During that time she has taken many short courses with the best Swedish nyckelharpa players, picking up a range of tunes, tips and techniques. She is well known in the UK as a dance musician, and enjoys helping and encouraging others to play the instrument and explore the music and dance.