Folkworks Adult Summer School 2017

St John's College, Durham

Age restrictions apply: 18+

Tutors: Ian Lowthian (Director), Emily Askew, Alice Burn, 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!”


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”

Main Instrument
Fiddle (Tutor: Iain Fraser/Emily Askew)
Song (Tutor: Martin Carthy)
Accordion (Tutor: Ian Lowthian)
Flute and whistle (Tutor: Sarah Hayes)
Fretted Strings (Tutor: Jeff Warner)
Mixed Instruments (Tutor: Karen Tweed)
Northumbrian Pipes (Tutor: Alice Burn)
English Concertina (Tutor: Andy Parr)
Beginner/Intermediate Guitar (Tutor: Ross Milligan)

Folkwords (Tutor: Taffy Thomas)
Band with Song (Tutor: Martin Carthy)
Beginners Band (Tutor: Emily Askew)
Intermediate Band (Tutor: Iain Fraser)
Advanced Band ((Tutor: Alice Burn)
Dancing Band – for dancers and musicians (Tutor: Karen Tweed)
Americana Band (Tutor: Jeff Warner)

“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 accommodation has sold out

  • 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.

The deadline for enrolments is Monday 12 June. Late enrolments will be taken at the organiser’s discretion and may incur additional costs.

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