Folk Orchestra Residential & Day Workshops, 2021

Tutors:  Jon Bennett (Guitar, bouzouki, whistles) Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, keyboard)

Where: Across the country: Benslow Music (Hitchin, Herts), Halsway Manor (Taunton, Somerset), Norden Farm Arts Centre (Maidenhead, Berks),  Mill Arts Centre(Banbury, Oxon) and Minehead (Somerset) 

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 1 - 5 March  Halsway Manor, TAUNTON, Somerset, TA4 4BD.   A three day (4 nights) residential Folk Orchestra Workshop run by Jon & Jacqui, including a Moonrakers duo public concert on Thursday evening. All instruments welcome; intermediate standard (no absolute beginners). Limited to 20. Book early!

28-30 May    Ukulele & Singing Weekend, Halsway Manor, TAUNTON, Somerset, TA4 4BD. A residential weekend workshop, with tutors Jon Bennett, Sam Muir and Percy Copley. Our annual foray into the wonderful world of ukes! It gets sold out very quickly, so book early.

3-5 June        Folk Orchestra residential course, Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, MINEHEAD, Somerset, TA24 6SF.  This is a beautiful village and an old hotel in the shadow of Dunster castle. Arriving Thursday evening, then two full days of multi-instrumental group arrangements, playing and tuition. Limited to 20 participants. Three nights full board + the course : £300-£345 total depending on accommodation.  Bookings/enquiries : 01643  821425. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  You’ll also get a reduction on a ticket for the Moonrakers concert on Saturday night at The Regal theatre in nearby Minehead.

25-27 June    Folk Orchestra, Benslow Music, HITCHIN.  The first of our annual residential weekend workshops at Benslow Music.  Book early!  01462 459446.

10-12 September Folk Orchestra, Benslow Music, HITCHIN.  The second of our annual residential weekend workshops at Benslow Music.  Book early!  01462 459446.

21 August    Folk Orchestra day course/workshop. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, MAIDENHEAD, SL6 4PF. 10:00 -16:30.  £40, including free entry to the evening concert. Box Office: 01628 788997.

22-24 October  Intermediate/Advanced ukulele fingerstyle course at Benslow Music, HITCHIN, run by Jon Bennett. Solo & ensemble arrangements, chord theory and chord-melody playing. Residential weekend. Book early! ​  01462 459446

​6 November  The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, BANBURY, OX16 5QE.  Folk Orchestra whole day workshop.  Multi-instrumental group arrangements, playing and tuition for intermediate players. Limited to 20 participants. Box Office and details:  01295 279002. Reduction on a ticket for Moonrakers concert in the theatre in the evening.

Price: Depends on duration and accommodation. 

Members of Moonrakers bring their exciting and dynamic folk music to week-long, weekend and day courses across the UK. Whether you play fiddle, fretted instruments, whistles, flute, or simply like to sing, you’re welcome. We’ll have parts for any instrument you bring. We’ll work through a variety of arrangements of folk tunes and songs throughout the courses. You don’t need to read music, but some instrumental or vocal experience is required. Your principal tutors are Jon Bennett (guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, whistles) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, keyboard). The workshop usually conclude with a short concert from the course participants’ folk orchestra showcasing the musical achievements of the course, and members of Moonrakers will also play a few tunes. If you have any questions about this, call 01865 769206 or 07914 79 5823.



From time to time groups or organisations hold one-off workshops that are open to everyone - details will be uploaded here as we have them.

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