Folkworks Youth Summer School 2018

Tutors: Ian Stephenson (Director), Amy Thatcher, Andy May, Jim Moray, Tim Edey, Lena Jonsson, Alex Wade, Shammi Pithia and Catriona Macdonald

Durham School

For ages 14 - 20

Folkworks Youth Summer School is an inspirational and legendary week of folk music tuition for those aged 14-20. This school is open to any young musician, including singers and dancers who can play at a basic level on their instruments (contact us if you are unsure of your level).

Youth Summer School is a perfect way to get involved in folk music, whether you have played lots already or are totally new to it. It’s a fun week full of tuition, repertoire building, songs, tunes and dancing.

The summer school is based in Durham School, where residential participants stay. Non-residential participants are also welcome and receive lunch and dinner at the School. Our experienced and welcoming pastoral staff looks after participants 24/7 and make sure everyone has a good time.

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2018 will be the 30th year of Folkworks Summer Schools!

We will be celebrating all week and will be bringing all Summer School participants to Sage Gateshead on the morning of Saturday 28th July for a big performance! This will be part of a big folk celebration day at Sage Gateshead for the Great Exhibition of the North. Please note parents should arrange return transport from Sage Gateshead at the end of the residential.

What can you learn?

Please see our Tutor Biographies to learn more about our amazing tutors! More tutors will be announced soon. Participants choose from Two Slots – it’s totally up to you whether you want to learn a Main Instrument and a Band class, or mix things up. Everyone will have the chance to perform at the end of the week.

Slot 1 Slot 2 Tutor
Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle Performance Ensemble Catriona Macdonald
Scandinavian Band Improving/Intermediate Fiddle Lena Jonsson
Song Band with Song Jim Moray
Guitar Melodeon Tim Edey
Clog Piano Accordion Amy Thatcher
English Concertina Northumbrian Band Alex Wade
Northumbrian Pipes Northumbrian Band Andy May
Tunes of the World Band Wind Instruments Shammi Pithia
  Performance Ensemble Ian Stephenson

Youth Summer School Ticket Prices

  • Residential £390
  • Residential Concession £351
  • Non Residential £300
  • Non Residential Concession £270

When purchasing a full price ticket any additional tickets will be priced at the concessionary rate. This applies to Youth or Junior Summer Schools only. The discount will automatically be applied when booking online.

We are delighted to be offering installment payments for the first time. If you wish to spread your costs across six payments, please contact our ticket office on 0191 443 4661 and we will set this up for you.

Bursaries are available for participants who would not be able to attend without financial support. Please see the bursary information, and get in touch with us if you have any concerns. The deadline to apply for a bursary is Monday 21st May 2018. Download the bursary application form: MS Word | PDF

How to Book

Step 1 – Payment
Click the ‘book tickets’ box on the top right hand side and follow the instructions to make your payment. You will then receive a confirmation email with your order number.

Step 2 – Enrolment
Complete the enrolment form at the bottom of this page and click the ‘submit’ box. A confirmation message will appear at the bottom of the page indicating that we have received your form.

Tickets can also be purchased from Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661. Installment payments can also be set up with Ticket Office.

Enrolment ends on Monday 9 July 2018.

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