Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival 16th-18th September 22

Friday 17 Sep 4pm — Sunday 19 Sep 4pm, 2021

2020 and the start of 2021 was a bad year for nyckelharpa courses at Halsway Manor. Finally it looks like we’re going to have a course! So welcome back to Halsway Manor!

We have decided to restart the Nyckelharpa Festival with a bang – so covid permitting we are really proud to be able to announce the tutor team for September.


Vicki Swan
Vicki studied at the Royal College of Music on the double bass. She also plays the various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, piano and nyckelharpa.  On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. You’ll find Vicki now inhabiting the troll ridden forests on the hunt for new and exciting tunes from the näcken. Vicki plays not only the standard 3-row modern chromatic, but also the 1408 sienaharpa, the 1526 moraharpa, the 1700s kontrabasharpa and the 1800s silverbasharpa. Over the pandemic Vicki has worked tirelessly on a Virtual Music Room to try to help isolated nyckelharpa players remain motivated and focussed on playing and learning. Chances are after all this time alone at home she won’t stop talking at the Halsway weekend! Seeing as this is Vicki’s website we don’t really need a link, but here is one to Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer:
http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk