Piano Accordion Weekend

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Piano Accordion Weekend

Post by Happy girl » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:25 am

Friday 8 June 2018 4pm — Sunday 10 June 2018 5pm

An intensive weekend for piano accordion players of all ages and abilities! Intermediate / advanced students will spend a day each working with Murray Grainger and Paul Hutchinson, while Jane Ward will work with beginners making sure all levels get the most from the weekend.

There will be work on technique, repertoire and interpretation of folk tunes in small groups, plus informal evening sessions and a Saturday night tutors’ concert.

Beginners: Jane’s beginners’ group is ideal for those who have played a little; you’ll need a very basic knowledge of your instrument. We work from music, but it would be (and has been) possible for non music readers to learn by ear.

The Team:
Paul Hutchinson studied piano and church organ before being persuaded at the age of 17 to take up the accordion and form a ceilidh band. Since then he’s become one of the best-known and in demand players on the folk scene – in the UK and beyond – as one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, with trio Hoover the Dog, Pagoda Project (with Karen Wimhurst), and PLF. Paul is a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor, and the accordion tutor for EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.
Murray Grainger works with the finest orchestras, pushing the boundaries with his traditional projects or teaching around the UK, Murray is at the forefront of the British accordion scene. Trained in the classical accordion at The Royal Academy of Music, Murray has been a tutor in both classical and folk accordion at Chetham’s School of Music, on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music course, and as the Director of Education for Young Musicians Stornoway. This will be his third year as a tutor on Halsway Manor’s Accordion Weekend.
Jane Ward has been playing accordion for 50 years. She performed extensively around Europe as lead player in Jenny’s Accordionists, and played in Scottish, German and Polish bands before agreeing to play for a morris side 28 years ago and discovering folk music!
Following in the footsteps of Karen Tweed and Paul Hutchinson, Jane Ward took up the baton to lead the irrepressible No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra in 2014. She brings a winning combination of fun, frolics, and delicious musical treats to her Halsway workshops, to make your hearts sing and bring a smile to your face. She also tutors at Canterbury Folk Days, Burwell Bash Summer School, and Cecil Sharp House.

Prices for the weekend are:
£139 Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities)
£149 Camping per person (all meals, and activities)
Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):
£232 – single ensuits room, £206 – sharing an ensuite room
£206 – single au suite room, £160 – sharing non-ensuite room.

Taking place at Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD.

To book telephone: 01984 618 274 or visit www.halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piano-accordion-

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Re: Piano Accordion Weekend

Post by hais1273 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:23 am

I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I've already booked for next and have persuaded a friend who has just started learning to come along to the beginners group. For me, the intermediate group was about right. The "earists" were somewhat traumatised by Murray Graingers insistance on using "proper" accordion music. i.e. a treble line and a bass line. Equally us "dottists" found the by ear session with Hannah James equally challenging.

Murray Grainger offered a public masterclass one lunchtime, well worth going along to, if I start practising a piece now it might be ready for public scrutiny next year. Oh yes, and the cream tea on the Sunday afternoon, in the main hall at Halsway, was sublime!.

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