Workshops are a mainstay of the Sidmouth FolkWeek programme. A chance to learn and grow in a safe and welcoming community of teachers and learners.
The 200+ workshop events programme offers an unrivalled volume, quality, range, breadth and depth of experience. You can learn new skills or develop established talents, try one-off tasters or get involved in week-long series, perennial favourite and exciting innovations. Many series lead to showcase performances at the end of the week.
Amongst the returning festival favourites are SANDRA KERR and PAUL SARTIN with their mighty Festival Choirs, JOHN KIRKPATRICK with Festival Concert Band, NICK AND MARY BARBER with Big Band and KERRY FLETCHER with European Dance.
JOHN DIPPER runs Fiddle workshops including a masterclass, KITTY GREENWOOD brings a new series of fiddle workshops for complete beginners, and, new this year, EMILY ASKEW brings us Medieval and Renaissance music workshops.
ED RENNIE returns with Absolute Beginners’ Melodeon, BOB ELLIS with Melodeon for Relative Beginners and Well-Known Tunes At A Steady Pace and SAUL ROSE with Advanced Melodeon. There’s JOHN KIRKPATRICK accordion workshops back after a year off, ROGER DIGBY’s concertinas, PHILLIP HENRY with Harmonica Masterclass and Slide Guitar, JACQUELYN HYNES’ whistle workshops, TERRY MANN with Pipe and Tabor, JO MAY’s Percusstra and WILL LANG’s Bodhran workshops and Balkan Instrumental Music Workshop with CHRIS EDMUNDS, TIM HEMING and DAVE HISCOCK.
As well as our popular choirs, song-based series also include the return of West Gallery with MIKE BAILEY and WEST GALLERY MUSIC ASSOCIATION and Shape-note Singing with CANAAN’S LAND and single workshops on a whole range of traditions.
For dancers, there’s a whole range of Folk Dance from Contra to English Country Dance and Ritual Dance from Rapper to Border Morris as well as KERRY FLETCHER leading European dancers; Scandinavian with MEGAN HATTO, Irish Set with VAL KNIGHT and Early Dance with ANN HINCHCLIFFE. JO & SIMON HARMER return with popular SOCIAL STEPPING.
Then there’s a wide range of Talks and Presentations, Storytelling workshops with PATRICK RYAN and JANET DOWLING and new Poetry sessions with ILSE PEDLER.
A Season Ticket gets you in to all, or any, of these workshops….as many or as often as you like.