Music/instrument/vocal/poetry lessons or workshops offered or wanted

[Updated February 2017]

Do you run instrumental or singing workshops and courses, or give tuition to groups or individuals? Or are you learning an instrument or style of performing? Don’t worry, I’m not selling you anything (I already have a job!) 😉 But this page might be of use to you.

Every so often we get asked to publicize courses on learning on instrument, singing techniques, and so on, or else whether we know of any such courses, workshops for learners, one-to-one tuition and so on.

Of course, we’re happy to publicize such things here and on the Facebook page. Let us know if you’re offering anything like that. And if you’re looking for a specific type of tuition or workshop, tell us about it.

The best place to raise such discussions is on the Sabrinaflu Facebook Page, since more people will see it, but you can also mail me at info(at) if you prefer. You may get a slower response, though, in that case.

Here are a few things we know of currently.

  • Diane Buckle: Fiddle, flute / whistle and mandolin classes are starting up again next week in Shrewsbury and Oswestry – please see poster for details of classes and booking. spring-2017-poster [added January 12th 2017]
  • The Wordshoppers – Jean Atkin and Liz Hyder. To quote the web site:
    The Wordshoppers offer a range of interactive and fun workshops for all ages. We can create bespoke workshops to suit your particular needs or you can choose from our current menu of delicious workshops – Pen to MicStars on StringsWood Words and Make ’em Laugh! or we can tailor-make something specially for you. Please do sign up to our newsletter for updates on new workshops as we are planning to expand our range in the coming months.
  • WiseWood Folk Our new course for tune players starts Feb 1st 2017. Re-vitalise your playing with some fabulous repertoire & expert tuition. Sheet music & videos of all tunes included. Join our sociable group, meets Wednesdays evenings in Craven arms – contact Kitty Greenwood for further details.
  • 3rd Shropshire Hills Irish Music Day at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, SY7 9RS Craven Arms. March 4th 2017.

    Tutors: Karen Ryan, Kitty Greenwood, Jem Hammond.
    Fiddle (intermediate/advanced) with Karen Ryan
    ‘Play It By Ear’ (all melody instruments) with Kitty Greenwood.
    Flute & whistle with Jem Hammond
    Irish session favourites with WiseWood Folk
    £45 including lunch, morning & afternoon refreshments.
    For full details, contact Kitty Greenwood 01584 841564

  • Stewart Hardy Workshop Weekend hosted by WiseWood Folk. 18 November at 9:30 to 19 November 2017 at 16:30. Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, SY7 9RS Craven Arms. Quoting at length from the Facebook page (but keep an eye on that page in case of any changes – I won’t necessarily know about them so may not be able to flag them here.)

    “Two days of workshops celebrating the rich and glorious heritage embodied within the folk tradition of the North East of England. Saturday is for fiddle players only, Sunday is open to players of any instruments. Plus ‘An Evening with Stewart Hardy’ at the Swan Inn, Aston Munslow.

    Saturday: “The Flesh and Bones of Fiddle Tunes”
    Level : intermediate & advanced

    Taking some great fiddle tunes as examples, Stewart will introduce you to the secrets of the distinctive Northumbrian fiddle style. Stewart is known for his attention to detail, covering bowing, ornaments and how to discover the rhythmic personality of each tune.

    Sunday: “Make a Joyful Noise” – all instruments welcome

    Expect a day of uplifting music, fun and a few challenges along the way. Stewart is an expert arranger of music for mixed instrument groups. Whether you play melody, chords or bass lines there will be a place for everyone in this day of ensemble playing.

    ‘An Evening with Stewart Hardy’
    The Swan Inn, Aston Munslow SY7 9ER
    Short concert followed by a tunes session .

    Workshop fees (including lunch& hot drinks):
    EarlyBird: £53 per dayor £105 both days.
    After May 1st: £58 per day or £110 for both days
    Evening event: £10 including curry. Must be pre-booked, priority to course participants.

    Overnight accommodation & campervan parking available – please ask for details.

    How to book: e mail Kitty: & we’ll send put you on the mailing list”

  • Slow Music Saturdays [dead link] will be meeting in Shrewsbury on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at the Mereside Community Centre. SY2 6LH. The first date booked is 9th January 2016 at 10:00 for 2 hrs. [No current information as of January 2017: contact the Community Centre for more info.]
  • Steady Music Session is no longer at the Plough and Harrow, Kinver. In 2016 it was announced that the November session was at a new home. 14th November, Kinver Community Fire Station, Fairfield Drive, DY7 6EW Stourbridge. I believe it was hoped that this would be continued for the next few months at least, but no current information.
  • Whack It Smack It  offers ‘Junk Music with a Difference’:
    “Are you looking for the ideal fun, educational junk music group? Then ‘Whack It Smack It’ is the group for you. Here they are with Xylo-chairs, Elephant horns, Pan-de-moniums, Pop tubes, Buckets, Bowls, Games and Happiness…We are multi-instrumentalist / Singer-songwriters with a passion for multicultural arts. Our junk instruments are inspired by world ethnic music with rhythms based on the global heartbeat…
    We also play Ukulele, Banjo, Melodeon, Mandolin, Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer and perform as a Ceilidh Band (complete with caller).”
    They also do dog-walking. (I made that bit up, but they do pretty much everything else.) Mal Brown  (whose excellent CD I reviewed here) was at an event I was playing at a few months ago, and there were lots of kids apparently having a very good time hitting and blowing various unlikely devices.
  • Rapsquillion offer harmony workshops at various venues. They can be for existing groups or individuals who fancy singing with others. More info on their website.
  • Kitty Greenwood teaches folk fiddle and classical violin and piano, as well as Anglo concertina, and melodeon, in the general area of South Shropshire. Contact info here.
  • Polly Bolton runs singing workshops and singing camps from her OAK BARN WORKSHOP CENTRE, near Ludlow. There is a page on this site about Polly.
  • The Gleanings Rural Study Centre in South Shropshire runs courses in folk music, art and rural crafts. There’s also a Gleanings page on this site.
  • Irish and Folk Music Practice session at the Birchmeadow Centre Broseley every Sunday morning. 10am till noon. We have our own tune books and also use Tuneworks Tunebooks. Moderate speed session, for all ages. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. £1.50 adults, 50p for 16 and under. Includes refreshments.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

Page updated  8/12/2015

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