Workshops & Talks

Workshops are a great way to learn new dances, instrumental skills or styles, or even to meet new friends who share your interests – they’re good fun too!

At Warwick, all our Workshops are led by experienced tutors, many of whom will be appearing elsewhere at the Festival as artists. There’s usually a specific topic, aim or objective, and the content can normally be graded according to the level of prior knowledge/experience/ability needed. We also have a programme of talks in our lecture theatre, your chance to learn more about folk, Warwick and tradition.

Our workshops and talks include harmony singing, DADGAD , Shapenote, Tai chi,  singing bowls, Tuneworks, The Warwick Folk Festival Choir, dance, music and more. Plus, join Pete Heywood, Graham Sutherland, and more for talks in our lecture theatre.

To see what you might get, take a look at last year’s workshop programme.

Warwick’s workshops are a mini university scattered through the festival programme. Each workshop is a friendly chance to stretch yourself – literally in our Tai Chi classes, or belly dancing if you really want to raise a sweat. You can learn tips from the ace musicians headlining our concerts, or try your hand at the bodhran, bones, ukulele or whistles you’ve seen in the festival marketplace.

The festival line-up has something to inspire everyone, and our workshops are where you delve deeper into whatever catches your imagination. Folk has always encouraged its dancers, musicians, singers, storytellers, and Warwick’s great workshop programme is a perfect chance to take another step towards your dreams of stardom, or just to learn a little more.

Talk : The Secret Life of Puppets! (Sunday)

A backstage tour by Hand to Mouth Theatre – a demonstration and talk with plenty of opportunity for questions and answers (e.g.”how?” and “why?” ) with master puppeteer Martin Bridle and musical sidekick Su Eaton.

Tuneworks – all weekend

This year, Tuneworks will be running a series of workshops based around widening your repertoire of traditional tunes and putting you together with lots of like-minded players. We have separate sessions for both beginners and improvers. Have a look on – you can download a tunebook for each session. The beginners book has eight tunes and there are audio clips to help you learn the tunes and guide you as to the speed they will be played at. The improvers tunebook has a wider range of well known tunes, all useful at sessions around the country, and the session will be slightly faster though still at a very relaxed speed. Remember to bring your tunebooks with you to the festival if you need them! Please email the Tuneworks team (via the link on their website) if you need any more information.

Shapenote Singing (Sunday):

As Oxford Psalmody,ex-Babylon Lane’s Sheila and Edwin Macadam and Tony Singleton reunite, to lead the 2016 Festival shapenote workshop, together with Sue Lanfear of Second City Shapenote.

Immanuel’s Ground (Saturday)

Warwick’s own West Gallery quire – are back, with a workshop for instrumentalists and singers, preceded by a sampler concert, both at the Old Court House. A chance to discover the exciting music made and enjoyed by our Georgian forebears in a contemporaneous location.