Workshops

Upcoming workshops in and around Oxfordshire.

National Youth Folk Ensemble Sampler Days

National Youth Folk Ensemble Sampler Days

  • Aged 14–18 on 1 September 2018?

  • Play an instrument confidently?

  • Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making?

Sign up for a free place at one of our Sampler Days in May/June 2018.

Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2018–19 National Youth Folk Ensemble.

Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. 
All playing and learning will be done by ear.

These free Sampler Days have a positive and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend one of them to start the audition process. Click here to find out more about auditioning. 

 

To register for a Sampler Day, click on your preferred date and fill in the form: 

Saturday 26 May 2018 
Manchester
Royal Northern College of Music

Sunday 27 May 2018 
York 
The National Centre for Early Music

Monday 28 May 2018 
Gateshead 
Sage Gateshead

Tuesday 29 May 2018 
Didcot 
Cornerstone

Thursday 31 May 2018 
Cambridge 
Cambridge Junction

Friday 1 June 2018 
London 
Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 2 June 2018 
Okehampton 
Ebenezer Hall

Sunday 3 June 2018 
Derby 
Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms

Janet Russell and Jim Woodland in workshop and concert

Village Voices, Towersey, are proud to present a singing Workshop led by Janet Russell, celebrated choir leader, folk singer and song writer.  Come and sing songs in glorious harmony on Saturday 10th March 2018, 10.30am - 4.30pm, in Towersey Memorial Hall, Towersey village, OX9 3QY. 

The workshop will be followed in the evening at 7.30pm by a Concert, when Janet's partner, singer/song-writer, Jim Woodland, joins her. 

Tickets are £25 workshop, £10 concert, or £30 combined ticket.  Tickets must be booked in advance (no tickets at the door) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ringing Madeleine on 01844 352468.

Broadside Ballads workshop, Sat 10th Feb

Saturday 10th February
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: St James’ Church Hall, Beauchamp Lane

Join singers from Rising Voices Community Choir and three guest choirs at this launch workshop for the exciting new community singing project, "Songs of Life and Love". Local artist and choir leader Cat Kelly has been commissioned by the Bodleian Library to create six new arrangements of songs from their collection of Broadside Ballads, for singing with community choirs.

To browse through the Bodleian Library's collection of ballads, ranging from 16th-20th century, have a look at this website: http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

At this workshop you'll have a chance to learn the ballad 'Sing On', which will be the song for the opening ceremony at Folk Weekend 2018, as well as an old music hall style song from the 1800s, and a song called Flora and James - a more modern twist on the traditional 'girl follows her boyfriend to sea' type of ballad.

The choirs (and anyone who wishes to join them) will perform all the songs together in the Bodleian Library on Sunday 22nd April, as part of Folk Weekend: Oxford.

The workshop will take place in the church hall at St James' on Beauchamp Lane, Cowley. We recommend parking in Castle Car Park at the bottom of Beauchamp Lane, entrance from Crowell Road. There will be a few spaces by the church reserved for those with mobility needs. Tea and cakes will be provided. Workshop times: 2-5pm.

This workshop is offered FREE of charge with thanks to funding from the Bodleian Library. To reserve your space please go to https://fao.yapsody.com/event/index/191866/singing-workshop-broadside-ballads 

Workshops

From time to time groups or organisations hold one-off workshops that are open to everyone - details will be uploaded here as we have them.

Follow the links below for more detailed information on regularly occuring workshops and courses.

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