Folkworks Adult Summer School 2017

St John's College, Durham

Age restrictions apply: 18+

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

Come and watch the Adult Summer School Showcase at Elvet Methodist Church in Durham at 4pm on Friday 4th August. No ticket needed.

Tutors: Ian Lowthian (Director), Emily Askew, Alice Robinson, Martin Carthy, Iain Fraser, Sarah Hayes, Ross Milligan, Andy Parr, Taffy Thomas, Karen Tweed, Jeff Warner

Folkworks Adult Summer School has everything…instrumental technique, repertoire, concerts, ceilidhs, sessions and sing-a-rounds! It is a full on week of classes and activities but we have made it flexible enough to give you time to explore Durham and take things at your own pace.

After a day full of music tuition we put on events in the evening so you can listen, dance and play then join in informal sessions that cater for all abilities.

“There are too many good moments to pick just one!”


Briefing Pack
Big Tunes: Always Welcome, Bonnie at Morn, The Blue Reel and The Ramblin Rover
Enrolment Pack
Tutor Biographies

We work really hard to make our Summer Schools friendly and welcoming so that you leave with new friends as well as loads of new tunes and songs. We also understand that if you are using your summer holidays to visit us, then you deserve good accommodation and food (as well as a decent bar in the evenings!).

“The concerts felt like high-quality music in our own living room!”

The Summer School is suitable for most abilities, though not absolute beginner. Each instrument group will meet together on the first day and decide between them how they would like to work for the week. You pick your main instrument study and then have the opportunity to pick what type on ensemble you’d like to be in.

“People who have never done anything like this before can come and take the risk, and have a very good time as it is so supportive and encouraging”

Tutor information

Fiddle 1 + Intermediate Band: Iain Fraser
Fiddle 2 + Beginner Band: Emily Askew
Song + Band with Song: Martin Carthy
Accordion: Ian Lowthian
Flute and whistle + Band with Song: Sarah Hayes
Fretted Strings + Americana Band: Jeff Warner
Mixed Instruments + Dancing Band: Karen Tweed
Northumbrian Pipes + Advanced Band: Alice Robinson
English Concertina + Dancing Band: Andy Parr
Guitar + Advanced Band: Ross Milligan
Folkwords: Taffy Thomas

“It’s part of my ‘Psyche’ now. Unmissable!” Sheila Trow

“My first time last summer, and I hope it was the first of many. Loved it!” Maria Hayes

“The total rush of Music from 9-30 am till 2.00 each day, as is obvious, I’m an addict.” Michael Burns

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.


Please note; En-Suite rooms are currently sold out. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for en-suite rooms please let us know in the additional notes when booking. We will contact you should a room become available.

  • En suite single full board £555 (Concession £525)
  • Standard single full board £480 (Concessions £450)
  • Non residential with food £410 (Concession £380)
  • Non residential without food £290

Concessions apply to full time students, unemployed and over 60s.

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