Folkworks Junior Summer School 2017

Durham Chorister School

For ages 9 - 13

We have a limited number of spaces remaining on our Folkworks Summer Schools, please contact the team at to check availability.

Tutors: Ruth Ball (Director), Grace Smith, Jack Rutter, Jim Causley.

Our Folkworks Junior Summer School takes place at Durham Chorister School. The school runs Wednesday through to Saturday morning with inspirational and energetic tutors who will teach repertoire, technique, and ensemble skills. Participants are taught instrumental work, singing, and dancing in one large ensemble. This is complimented by smaller group work, musical games, jam sessions and a ceilidh.

“Teachers were awesome, music was great and all of the people there were really nice.”


Briefing Pack
Enrolment Pack
Tutor Biographies
Bursary Application Form (Word / PDF)

Junior Summer School can introduce young people to folk music for the first time and also allow those more experienced participants to explore the music they love. It is a fun and welcoming learning environment for students to connect with folk and traditional music and meet new friends!

“Everyone is really enthusiastic, I like the way everyone joins in”

We offer residential and non-residential places. Accommodation comprises of dormitory rooms with our experienced pastoral staff onsite 24 hours a day. Non residential students receive lunch and dinner at the school.

The school is open to any young musician, including singers and dancers, who can play to at least basic level (a few tunes and scales), on an acoustic instrument. Unfortunately the school is not suitable for absolute beginners. If you have any queries regarding ability or instrumentation please do contact us.

“I have learned a lot of new tunes this week”

You do not need to have prior knowledge of folk music nor do you need to be able to read music.

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, ‘Pass it On – The Tradition in Your Hands’ we are able to offer new activities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore more of the amazing stories and traditions behind the music and have taster sessions on traditional instruments.

“Folkworks Summer Schools are a fantastic thing to be part of; it’s always an incredibly inspiring week where you can meet fellow musicians from all over the world and learn together. I would not be studying and working with traditional music today without Folkworks summer schools!” Grace Smith, junior and youth participant, tutor, folk degree student

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.


  • Residential Full Board £325 (Concessions £280)
  • Non Residential (inc. Lunch and dinner) £300 (Concessions £260)

Youth and Junior concessions only for participants who have an older sibling attending at full price

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