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Sage Gateshead

Monday 29 July – 3 August, St Chads College  


Adult Summer School (18+)

Tutors: Alistair Anderson (Director), Ilana Cravitz, Katriona Gilmore, Fay Hield, Paul Knox, Lauren MacColl, Joey Oliver, Jamie Roberts, Simon Thoumire, Sam Pirt and Karen Tweed



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Folkworks Adult Summer School is a full on week of folk music, song and dance. With world class tuition on Main Instrument and Ensemble, 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). You do not need to be able to read music or learn it by ear.

The summer school is based in St Chads College, where you can choose between standard and en-suite rooms (double and twins may be available on request). 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 can cater for many accessibility needs – please contact us directly to discuss how we can help you.

All participants work towards performances at the end of the week and this year this will include a farewell picnic with Youth and Junior participants on the Saturday morning.

Download the Adult Summer School Information Pack

For all enquiries please email [email protected]

What can you learn?

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

All participants can learn in both a Main Instrument Class and an Ensemble Class. More information on tuition is available in the Information Pack.

Main Instrument
Piano Accordion – Karen Tweed
Mixed Instrument – Alistair Anderson
English Concertina – Simon Thoumire
Wind Instruments – Joey Oliver
Mandolin – Katriona Gilmore
Fiddle – Lauren MacColl
Fiddle – Ilana Cravitz
Song – Fay Hield
Northumbrian Pipes – Paul Knox
Fretted Strings – Jamie Roberts

Band with Song – Jamie Roberts
Band with Dance – Karen Tweed and Joey Oliver
Folkwords – Fay Hield
Americana Band – Katriona Gilmore
Beginner Band – Lauren MacColl and Paul Knox
Intermediate Band (chromatic instruments only) – Ilana Cravitz
Advanced Band – Simon Thoumire

Adult Summer School Ticket Prices

  • Standard Residential £485
  • Concession Standard Residential £440
  • En-Suite Residential £560
  • Concesion En-Suite Residential £514
  • Non – Residential inc. food £415
  • Concession Non-Residential inc. food £376
  • Non-Residential no food £325

*The concession rate applies to over 60s, full time students, unemployed.

Double and twin rooms may be available upon request, please contact [email protected]

We are delighted to be offering flexible instalment payments. To secure your place you may pay a deposit of £50 per person. The remainder of your payment may be paid as and when you are able (please note that fees must be paid in full before enrolment closes on Monday 8 July). To pay a deposit and begin paying for Folkworks Summer School 2019 please visit or call Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 and we will set this up for you.

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. Instalment payments can also be set up with Ticket Office.

Enrollment now closed – please email [email protected]