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Sage Gateshead

Wednesday 12 August - Saturday 15 August, Durham School  


CANCELLED Folkworks Junior Summer School 2020

Tutors: Ruth Ball (Director), Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Becky Unthank and Heather Ferrier

Folkworks Junior Summer School 2020

For ages 9 – 13


In light of the most recent Government advice, Sage Gateshead will be closed to the public until further notice.  We’re working really hard to reschedule as many performances and events as possible, and will be in touch with customers who have tickets in due course. Please bear with us during these unprecedented times. The health and safety of audiences, musicians and staff at Sage Gateshead is our priority.


The Folkworks Junior Summer School is for young people aged 9 to 13. Everyone can learn folk music, song and dance in a fun and welcoming environment. Junior Summer School is a perfect way to learn more about folk music, whether you have played lots already or are totally new to it.

The summer school is based in Durham School, where young people who are residential participants stay. Young people who are non-residential are also welcome and receive lunch and dinner at the School. Our experienced and welcoming pastoral staff looks after children 24/7 and make sure everyone has a good time. The venue has great facilities, good food, homely and comfortable shared dorms.

Young people from both Junior and Youth Summer School work towards a performance on Friday evening (14 August) and will also have an opportunity to perform with musicians from Adult Summer School at our farewell picnic on Saturday morning.

Additional Information

🔽 Download the Information Pack

Contact: Email us at [email protected] if you have any queries regarding Folkworks Summer Schools.

Folkworks Junior and Youth Summer Schools are open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds to access a bursary where needed. Learn More.

What will you learn?

There are two options for Folkworks Junior Summer School 2020 and you don’t need any experience of folk music or ability to read music to attend.

Non-instrumental: This option is for young people interested in singing and dancing. Anyone is welcome to choose this option. It is a great route into folk for young people who don’t play an instrument or want to focus on song and clog dancing. Clogs can be provided and we have options for absolute beginners, experienced dancers and singers.

Instrumental: This option is for young people who want to bring their musical instrument with them. We can cater for all instruments (including wind and brass), players need to have their own instrument and be able to play at least to a very basic standard. Please note, those on the instrumental option will also get many opportunities to sing and dance alongside playing their instrument/s.

If you are unsure whether these options are suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Who is teaching?

Please see our Tutor Biographies to learn more about our tutors.

Booking Information

Enrolment fees for the Junior Summer School are as follows:

Junior Summer School 2020
Residential £310
Family Discount Residential* £280
Non-residential £286
Family Discount Non-Residential* £256

*This rate applies only to young people with another family member attending full price at Summer School

There are several ways to book for Folkworks Summer Schools:

  • Apply for a bursary: To apply for a bursary towards the costs of your ticket price and automatically reserve a place at Summer School, please fill in our online form. No further action is needed from you at that point. Find out more here or email [email protected].
  • Pay in instalments: To reserve your place you can pay a £50 non-refundable deposit. You can pay this deposit and further payments at any time by visiting our Box Office in person or calling 0191 443 4661. Once your deposit is paid, you should fill in the online enrolment form to complete your booking. Please note, all fees must be paid by the enrolment deadline of 20 July 2020.
  • Full payment: You can pay in one full payment online, in person at our Box Office or call 0191 443 4661. You should fill in the online enrolment form to complete your booking.

Information about dietary requirements, medical and access requirements and other special needs is requested on the enrolment form along with parental consent. This information is vital to us if we are to provide the best care for young people. Please make sure the form is completed fully as we are unable to reserve a place at Summer School until this form is completed.

Enrolment closes on Monday 20 July 2020

If you are aged 12-18 and play an instrument, you may also be interested in Free Youth Folk Sampler Day on 24 May at Sage Gateshead. Find out more.