Folkworks Adult Summer School 2018

Tutors: Ian Lowthian (Director), Sarah Matthews, Jo Freya, Adam Sutherland, Alistair Anderson, Hamish Napier, Laura-Beth Salter, Greg Russell, Nancy Kerr and Tom Lawrenson

Grey College, Durham

Age Restrictions Apply: 18+

Venue Change: Due to building works taking place at St Aidan’s College, this year’s Folkworks Adult Summer School will now take place Grey College.

Folkworks Adult Summer School is a full on week of folk music, song and dance with world class tuition, sessions, ceilidhs, sing-arounds and concerts. Each day you will learn in Main Instrument, Ensemble and Options classes with lots of opportunities to wind down in the evening with social activities and sessions across the college.

Adult Summer School is a perfect way to get involved with folk music, whatever your level. We ask that instrumentalists have a basic understanding of their instrument (contact us if you are unsure) and you do not need to be able to read music or learn it by ear.

The summer school is based in Grey College, Durham. Non-residential participants are also welcome and can choose whether to receive food as part of their ticket price or bring their own each day. We create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and are able to cater for many accessibility needs – please contact us directly to discuss how we can help you.

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 you should arrange return transport from Sage Gateshead at the end of the residential.

Tutors: Ian Lowthian (Director), Sarah Matthews, Jo Freya, Adam Sutherland, Alistair Anderson, Hamish Napier, Laura-Beth Salter, Greg Russell.

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For all enquiries please email

What can you learn?

Please see our Tutor Biographies to learn more about our amazing tutors! More tutors will be announced soon.

Fiddle – Band with Dance – Sarah Matthews
Fiddle – Beginner Band – Adam Sutherland
Piano Accordion – Ian Lowthian
Song – Folkwords – Nancy Kerr
English Concertina – Advanced Band – Alistair Anderson
Mixed Instruments – Band with Dance – Jo Freya
Northumbrian Pipes – Intermediate Band – Tom Lawrenson
Flute and Whistle – Band with Song – Hamish Napier
Fretted Strings – Intermediate Band – Greg Russell
Mandolin – Americana Band – Laura-Beth Salter

Adult Summer School Ticket Prices

  • Standard Residential £474
  • Standard Residential Concession £429
  • En-suite £549
  • En-suite Concession £504
  • Non Residential (inc food) £405
  • Non Residential (inc food) Concession £366
  • Non Residential (no food) £315
    The concession rate applies to over 60s, full time students, unemployed.

Please note that en-suite accommodation is available at Grey College. Parking is available and breakfast will be served at your accommodation.

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.

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