Folkworks Junior Summer Schools 2016

The Chorister School, Durham

For ages 9 - 13

Our Folkworks Junior Summer School takes place at Durham Choristers School. The school runs Wednesday through to Saturday morning with highly skilled, motivated, and energetic tutors who will teach repertoire, technique, and ensemble skills including instrumental work, singing, and dancing in one large ensemble.

This is complemented by smaller group work, musical games, jam sessions and a ceilidh. These elements produce the most fun and welcoming learning environment for students to connect with the traditions from Great Britain and beyond while making life-long friendships. We even find time for a game of tag, a kick-a-round, and nightly hot chocolate!

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

“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

The school is open to any 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. You do not need to have prior knowledge of folk music nor do you need to be able to read music.

Bryony Bainbridge (Fiddle)
Ruth Ball (Fiddle, Dance) (Replaces Innes Watson)
Seth Tinsley (Double Bass, Guitar, Song)
Sam Pirt (Accordion)


Enrolment for the 2016 Folkworks Summer Schools has officially closed. If you have booked a place you should receive a briefing pack from the Folkworks.summerschools@sagegateshead.com email by Friday 29th July. If you have not received your briefing pack by then please contact the above email.

If you haven’t booked a place but really would like to attend late bookings may be taken under special circumstances, please contact the team directly on the email above to discuss options.
We can’t wait to meet everyone! The Folkworks Summer Schools Team.

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The Folkworks Summer Schools are internationally renowned for high quality of teaching and fun. Our schools are fun and sociable with lots of sessions, sing-a-rounds, and dances, whilst also providing hours of wonderful tuition in a nurturing and inclusive environment. We have three schools...

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