Harpas at Halsway - Nyckelharpa Festival
at Halsway Manor
6th - 8th September 2019
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!
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 March workshop (or similar) before coming in September.
Tutors for 2019 are Daniel Petterson, David Eriksson and of course Vicki Swan.
About Daniel Pettersson - (Sweden)
Daniel Pettersson comes from Västerbotten, a northern region of Sweden. Having grown up in the world of traditional music, he is now recognized as a very fine interpreter and innovator of northern repertoire. Daniel studied at the Eric Sahlström institute and at the "folkhögskola" in Malung. He gives concerts and teaches throughout Sweden and abroad. He has featured on several recordings and collaborated with musicians of different styles. Daniel was awarded the title of "nyckelharpa world champion" in the year of 2000. In 2014 he became the first to earn the title of Riksspelman, interpreting the Västerbottnian repertoire on the kontrabasharpa (a 1800-century-style Nyckelharpa).
About David Eriksson - (Sweden)
David comes from Västerbotten in the north of Sweden but now lives in the north part of Uppland. He is a member of several bands and constellations and he frequently appears as a guest artist in many different kinds of bands and genres. He is a professional nyckelharpa player and he studied at Eric Sahlström Institute for nyckelharpa, and continued with a Bachelor’s degree and pedagogy degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is a “Riksspelman”, has won the Swedish championship in older traditional nyckelharpas, and has received several other scholarships and awards. 2016, he won the worldchampionship on the kontrabasharpa. Beside the bands, he works as a teacher, composer, writer and a freelance musician and he is also a nyckelharpa maker. More at: www.massivet.nu and www.lyy.se
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 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.
All tutors will be looking at improving technique and ability and also tune repertoire.
If you are a complete beginner without an instrument you will need to come to a beginners weekend first as there will not be a complete beginners class. There will be lower level teaching - but only to those with their own instruments.
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.