A unique weekend away for fiddle players of all levels, focusing on the details that make Southern English style the dynamic, engaging form it is. Hosted by Laurel Swift, with guest tutors Deb Chalmers and Sam Sweeney, this is a weekend of workshops, masterclasses, and one to ones, alongside homecooked food, informal sessions, a concert and country walks. The retreat will be a great way to improve technique, find inspiration, learn new tunes, make new friends and celebrate the long winter days in music and laughter.
There will be 3 simultaneous classes at any time. Some sessions will be split by ability (beginner, intermediate and advanced), and others will be free choice – the options always accommodating the range of levels.
An attractive converted 18th century farmhouse with great access to both the city and countryside. There is a comfortable lounge which has plenty of books and games to enjoy - perfect for relaxing inbetween tunes!
(If you would prefer to stay at a local B&B please do! However, please note that the price of the retreat remains at £160 as we can still only accommodate 16 students in class.)
All meals from Friday tea through to Sunday lunch will be provided, plus hot drinks anytime. We will be cooking as a group, which is an important part of the retreat experience! Everyone will be expected to participate in preparing or washing up one meal. Food will be basic but wholesome and tasty, and we should be able to cater for most allergies, etc. Feel free to discuss any concerns.
£160 for the full weekend
including all meals and dormitory accommodation
(bunk-beds in single-sex rooms).
There are local B&Bs if you prefer (although we recommend the full immersive experience!)
£175 for the full weekend PLUS one-to-one lessons
- please see further information for details of our concessions policy.
£50 deposit** now to reserve your place, with full payment due one month prior to the event.
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* We are offering concessions in order to make this event as accessible as possible. The concession price is intended for people on low income for whatever reason - low pension, student loans, or un/low-waged. Please use your discretion! We don't want to exclude anyone from the retreat, but equally would ask you to pay the full price if you are able to.
** The remainder of the payment must be paid by BAC or by cheque no later than one month before event date. If the payment is late, the deposit and the reserved place will be lost. If you are having any problems with the final payment and would like to discuss please email email@example.com
There are also a limited number of one to one sessions available for a small extra charge, and we will finish the weekend with a glorious fiddle band for everyone.
Arrival from 4pm Friday, Leave 4pm Sunday.
Full timetable available in November.