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Kids' Musical Opportunites at Sidmouth FolkWeek

January 2017
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Kids' Musical Opportunites at Sidmouth FolkWeek

This is a story from the News Archive (January 2017) - The information in this article may no longer be current or accurate

Musical opportunities that Sidmouth FolkWeek (4th-11th August 2017) is offering to children of all ages.

Below are details of the Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band Workshop which last year was a fantastic success. However there are also lots of other exciting new musical and singing opportunities for children at this years festival including:

  • A new Junior Band for those who have not yet reached grade 2 standard on their instruments which will be led by Jon Brenner

  • An exciting Choir for over 8's with Bryony Griffith

  • A new opportunity for the under 8's to have their very own Choir and performance opportunity led by Paul Scourfield

  • A new 'In between' musical workshop series for the 10-13 year olds who are looking at moving on from the Children's Festival into Shooting Roots - led by Emma Trend.

Also for young people there are the Shooting Roots events which are a like another dedicated festival for the youth of 12yrs plus.

More Info & Contact Details:

Musical children (8 years and over) who play any musical instrument are being encouraged to participate in the 2017 Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band Workshop. This gives an amazing opportunity to be part of a real ceilidh band and playing for a very special ceilidh as part of the Sidmouth FolkWeek programme.

Workshops run every day during the festival (Saturday to Thursday) with a superb group of extremely talented and experienced tutors. The 2017 tutors are Ray Langton (musical director) – melodeon, Josh Smallbone - guitar, Stephen France - brass, Adam Courthold & Rob Gifford - percussion, Mathew Keegan-Phipps & Catherine Gough - woodwind, Anna Mullens – fiddle.

The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers will work together with their tutors to learn ceilidh band music to play for a wonderful, evening ceilidh in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee. This will provide a truly memorable experience for those playing for the event.

All children must have their own instruments and be able to play a number of tunes from music or by ear (approximately Grade 2 standard).

Music will be provided and parts for all instruments and all abilities will be available.

This is a very exciting opportunity for young musicians to work with others, learn new music and then to perform to an audience on the Thursday night in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee.

For further information and a FAQ sheet about this please contact Ray & Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers on

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