Upcoming workshops in and around Oxfordshire.

Oxford & Cambridge Singing School Summer Course - Oxford 2022

Established in 2013, The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School is for boys and girls aged 7–13 who love to sing. The singing school was created to give children the opportunity to sing great classical music to a high standard in a relaxed and fun environment and to develop their confidence and ability in singing and performing.
When:   25-27 July 2022 (Monday - Wednesday) for those aged 7-13.
Where:  Final day at New College, Oxford
Repertoire:  Handel's Zadok the Priest, Purcell, Jonathan Dove and Gwyneth Herbert.
Tutors include: Dr Edward WIckham (St Catharine's College, Cambridge) and Rachel Maby (Director of Music of Jericho Youth Choir)
How:  booking is via our website . Bursaries are always available on our courses.


For those who don't know us, here is what is being said about us: 

"How lucky are these young singers. They are brilliantly taught and have a lot of fun, and you will be amazed at what they achieve in just a few days - and all in the most beautiful surroundings." Bob Chilcott - composer and parent of past attendee.
"My son loved every minute of it - the teachers, the location, the music and even the music theory!"

"Thank you.... Your course is the only thing my son sets his alarm for in the mornings. He loves it."

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra 2022

Folk Orchestra Residential & Day Workshops, 2022

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. 

Find us at  JON AND JACQUI 1

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.

30 January  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. £50 for the day (10:30 - 16:00); £60 including the evening concert. Box Office and details:  01295 279002   Sorry, SOLD OUT

28 Feb - 4 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!  Sorry, SOLD OUT

17-19 June   Folk Orchestra, Benslow Music, HITCHIN.  The first of our annual residential weekend workshops at Benslow Music.  Book early!  01462 459446.

9-11 September   Folk Orchestra, Benslow Music, HITCHIN.  The second of our annual residential weekend workshops at Benslow Music.  Book early!  01462 459446.

21-23 October Intermediate/Advanced ukulele fingerstyle course at  BENSLOW MUSIC , run by Jon Bennett. Solo & ensemble arrangements, chord theory and chord-melody playing. Residential weekend. Book early! ​  01462 459446

Price: Depends on duration and accommodation.  JON AND JACQUI 1



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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