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Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Acoustic Workshop

Moonrakers each year run a series of Folk Orchestra workshops across the country.

They are for intermediate instrumentalists who wish to develop skills in arranging and playing folk tunes and songs in an ensemble.

Jon Bennett (guitar, ukulele, bouzouki, whistles), Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, keyboard) and Becki Luff (harp, keyboard) have many years’ experience conducting workshops at Benslow Music, Halsway Manor and at several festivals.

They work through a number of tunes and songs, inviting you to suggest arrangement ideas yourself. Music (with chords, countermelody and bass) will be sent out in advance along with a video of each tune played at medium pace for those who learn by ear. Above all, it’s a rare opportunity to play with a multi-instrumental and welcoming group.

Sat 11 Feb
11am - 4.30pm
£60

Moonrakers website

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Roger Beaujolais Quartet - Tribute to the Vibraphone

We must thank Louis Armstrong for incorporating the Vibraphone in his 1930 recordings. 

This began the vibraphone’s long association with jazz. It was Lionel Hampton who quickly realized the instrument’s expressive capabilities and deployed it as a frontline lead instrument. His virtuosic showmanship established the stylistic blueprint for vibraphone playing in jazz, and in his wake came a raft of other talented innovators, especially Milt Jackson, Gary Burton and. Bobby Hutcherson who helped to take the music beyond swing to bebop, Latin jazz, and ultimately free jazz.

Roger Beaujolais has been a well-established musician since the 80’s when he found early success touring with the bands Chevalier Brothers and Fairground attraction and later heavily involved with the 90’s acid jazz movement. Since then, he has worked with everyone from Roger Plant to Paul Weller. But his passion is with jazz the small band ensemble and has produced many albums with his quartet and tirelessly collaborates with artists from all over Europe. He has released many Jazz albums along the way, a this evenings concert will give a small preview of his latest ‘tribute to Milt Jackson’ album. The music tonight will also take us on a journey through the development of the Vibraphone from the swing era through Bebop and into more Contemporary Jazz.

Studio
£15

Roger Beaujolais Website.

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Summer Recital Series - Significantly Beethoven (3 of 4)

St John’s Ensemble

Schubert Rondo in A, D.951 for piano duet
Beethoven Variations on La ci darem la mano for 2 oboes and cor anglais
Mozart Violin Sonata in Bb, K.454
Schubert 2 Military Marches, D.733
Beethoven Variations on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen', for cello and piano
Beethoven Quintet for piano and wind instruments, Op.16

Live stream tickets are also available for this event, so that you can watch along from home.

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£18 | Book all 4 concerts in the Summer Recital Series for £64 | £5 under 18s

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Summer Recital Series - Significantly Beethoven (4 of 4)

St John’s Ensemble with Poppy Shotts (soprano)

Haydn Piano Trio in G (Gypsy Rondo) 
Schubert The Shepherd on the Rock 
Beethoven Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1 
Beethoven Allegretto for piano trio in B flat 
Schubert And dem wasser au singer; An die Musik ; Du bist die Ruh
Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat, K.493    

Live stream tickets are also available for this event, so that you can watch along from home.

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£18 | Book all 4 concerts in the Summer Recital Series for £64 | £5 under 18s

Poppy's website
@PoppySoprano
@nordenfarm

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Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

Four piece band, Moonrakers (harp, cello, stringed instruments, whistles, female/male vocals) pride themselves on having brought traditional and contemporary folk music to new audiences in festivals, arts centres, churches and village halls across the UK.

With songs and tunes from the English, Irish and Scottish tradition as well as their own compositions, they’ve been described as 'startlingly talented' (Oxford Times) and 'truly wonderful' (Wycombe Festival), with five albums of 'exquisite music' (BBC).

Their albums have received glowing reviews in the music press ('The real deal' The Living Tradition; 'Uplifting, sensitively crafted songs and tunes' FATEA magazine).

Studio
£15

Moonrakers website

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners (Wed)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 7 Sept - 5 Oct, Wed 12 Oct - 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct), Wed 23 Nov - 21 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Tues 6 Sept - 4 Oct, Tues 11 Oct - 15 Nov (exc 25 Oct), Tues 22 Nov - 20 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 7 Sept - 5 Oct, Wed 12 Oct - 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct), Wed 23 Nov - 21 Dec
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (C)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 8 Sept - 6 Oct, Thur 13 Oct - 17 Nov (exc 27 Oct), Thur 3 Nov - 22 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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