Young musicians' chance to discover folk music at Halsway Manor

HALSWAY Manor will be holding another Hothouse residential course for youngsters in the summer.

HALSWAY Manor will be holding another Hothouse residential course for youngsters in the summer.

First published in News

YOUNG musicians have the chance to discover British folk traditions in the summer holidays thanks to Halsway Manor’s Hothouse residential course.

Now in its fifth year, prior experience as a musician or singer is essential for Hothouse, but it’s no problem if you are new to folk.

Young people aged 13-25 are invited on the fun but intensive experience from July 28 to August 2, culminating in a live performance to a festival audience at Sidmouth Folkweek.

Modern British folk musician, composer and producer Will Lang will lead the week with a team of internationally recognised young folk practitioners.

Will is a core tutor on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music degree, and has worked on folk education projects across the South-West, including Halsway Manor.

He has recently been commissioned to write a series of folk-inspired choral pieces for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Funding support from the Somerset Community Foundation and Folk South-West means young people from Somerset are eligible for bursary places.

The cost, including five nights’ accommodation, all meals, tuition, activities and a day ticket to Sidmouth Folkweek, is £160 per person.

To apply for Hothouse, call Halsway Manor on 01984-618274 or email for an application form.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis – for more information visit

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