CANCELLED Folkworks Youth Summer School 2020
Tutors: Ian Stephenson (Director), Paul Knox, Sam Partridge, Emily Portman, Grace Smith, Hannah Read, Rachel Unthank, Sam Carter and Bert Ruymbeek
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.
Folkworks Youth Summer School is an inspirational and legendary week of folk music tuition for those aged 14-20. Youth Summer School is a perfect way to get involved in folk music, whether you have played lots already or are totally new to it. It’s a fun week full of tuition, songs, tunes and dancing.
The summer school is based in Emmaus Youth Village, where residential participants stay. Non-residential participants are also welcome and receive lunch and dinner at the School. Our experienced and welcoming pastoral staff looks after the young people 24/7 and make sure everyone has a good time. This fantastic venue has easy access to the outdoors, lots of space, comfortable en-suite accommodation and the opportunity for a camp fire or two!
Young people from both Junior and Youth Summer School work towards a performance alongside the evening of Friday 14 August and will also have an opportunity to perform with musicians from Adult Summer School at our farewell picnic on Saturday morning.
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?
Please see our Tutor Biographies to learn more about our amazing tutors. More tutors will be announced soon.
None of the classes require any experience of folk music. Some classes are suitable for absolute beginners and experienced performers, these are:
- Band with Song
- Clog Dance (clogs can be provided)
Instrumental workshops are for a wide range of abilities; you don’t need to be able to read music or have any previous experience of folk music. We are unable to accommodate absolute beginner instrumentalists. Players need to have their own instrument, and be able to play at least to a basic standard. If you are unsure whether we can accommodate your instrument or ability level, please get in touch.
Young people choose any one class from each of the following slots:
|Slot 1||Slot 2|
|Accordion (Bert Ruymbeek)||Americana Band (Hannah Read)|
|Band with Song (Emily Portman and Sam Carter)||Songwriting (Emily Portman)|
|Clog Dance (Rachel Unthank and Grace Smith)||Fiddle 1 (Improver/Intermediate) (Grace Smith)|
|Fiddle 2 (Int/Adv) (Hannah Read)||Guitar (Sam Carter)|
|Irish Band (Sam Partridge)||Song (Rachel Unthank)|
|Melodeon (Ian Stephenson)||Northumbrian Pipes (Paul Knox)|
|Northumbrian Band (Paul Knox)||Wind Instruments (Sam Partridge)|
|Flemish Band (Bert Ruymbeek)|
|Youth Summer School 2020|
|Family Discount Residential*||£360|
|Family Discount Non-Residential*||£280|
*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 calling 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, 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.
Please remember to fill in the online enrolment form to complete your booking.
Monday 10 August