Halsway 2016

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Harpas at Halsway - Nyckelharpa Festival
at Halsway Manor
2nd - 4th September 2016 - Year Five
Contact Vicki or Halsway Manor

The course is now fully booked. 
Sign up for the waiting list or book straight onto March 2017.

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 fifth 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.

Three contrasting international tutors have been selected to offer a whole range of tuition on a variety of subjects: Magnus Holmström from Sweden, Vicki Swan from the UK and Johannes Mayr from Germany. As with last year we also will have Olle Plahn from Sweden on hand to deal with any instrument problems.

All three tutors will be looking at improving technique and ability and also tune repertoire.
Vicki will be teaching the nyckelharpa using both British and Swedish music. Magnus will be focusing on Swedish music and Johannes will be teaching using Central European tunes from Bavaria, the Balkans to Brittany and beyond.

There are limited spaces for complete beginners who wish to borrow an instrument - the beginners group is now full, so it's time to book onto the March course.

Friday Night - Opening meeting and session

Saturday - workshops • concert  • dance • session
Sunday - workshops • the procession

Single room : ensuite £220 / non-ensuite £195
Shared room : ensuite £195 / non-ensuite £150
Camping : £140

*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.


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Vicki Swan (UK)

Magnus Holmström (Sweden)

Johannes Mayr (Germany)

*subject to us getting enough participants booked in - so book early and be part of the harpa adventure!

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 Johannes Mayr (Germany)
Johannes Mayr, Breitscheidt (Germany) is a very active and versatile musician performing for the last 20 years on accordion, nyckelharpa,  organ and double bass. Originally coming from a Bavarian-Swabian folk-background he feels comfortable in many different European folk-styles. Johannes performs with Cassard (Traditional music of tomorrow), La Marmotte (folk celtique) and Bordunrot (old and new folk music) in addition to a  solo program with his own compositions. He also works as a choirmaster and teaches a variety of workshops. A graduate of the  European Nyckelharpa training and has been a tutor on the International Day of Nyckelharpa in Germany.  Johannes is also a nyckelharpa maker and performs on his own instruments.

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