One Week Courses - students and partners will be invited to get together at Gleanings on the Sunday afternoon, before the course starts, from 5pm onwards. A buffet and refreshments will be provided at 6pm and this will give students and tutors the chance to get to know each other in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. On Monday morning everyone will meet at Gleanings from 9.30am with the course starting at 10am. Each day will start at 10am and finish at 4.30pm approximately, with breaks for lunch and refreshments. Exact timings can be arranged between the students and the tutor during the week - remember, this is a holiday course!
To help you enjoy your stay we provide home-cooked lunches, a sample of which you will find >>here<<
We thought it would be a great idea if everyone had an afternoon off to discover the beauty and history of Shropshire and the Welsh border country. This would normally be a Wednesday but can be re-arranged during the week. There are so many places to visit in this glorious part of the country - for those that like history there are castles at Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Welshpool (Powys Castle - with glorious gardens) as well as small castles in Clun and Montgomery. Ironbridge Gorge, with the wonderful, historic bridge, also has many museums, including Blist Hill, the Victorian Living Museum - all this beside the beautiful Severn River. Then, of course you have the small market town of Bishop’s Castle (7 miles) with it’s own micro breweries at The Six Bells and Three Tuns, or perhaps you would prefer to visit Shrewsbury or Ludlow for shopping or sightseeing. The list is endless. We have included many links to places of interest on the ‘Area' page.
|Walk over Stiperstones
John Kirkpatrick course
|Session with George
at Six Bells
|Session in Gleanings
||Charcoal Drawings from Jenny Jones Weekend
During the week we can arrange a meal at a local hostelry and perhaps a visit to a traditional pub for a session, although this may appeal more to the music students. For the Art and Craft students we can arrange a visit to a local artist’s studio or, perhaps, a gallery. For those interested we can have a group walk or tour with a stop for refreshments!
On the Friday evening there will be a gathering in Gleanings and it would be lovely if everyone could bring along food and drink to share. A barrel of local beer can also be available if requested. Music students will be welcome to take part in a session with other local musicians and music enthusiasts, whilst the Art and Craft students will have an opportunity to exhibit their work to invited locals.
Where possible we will arrange a concert by the tutor in the local Village Hall at Hope. This would probably on the Saturday evening after the course and hope that many of you may wish to stay on for this. If this is not possible we may arrange an ‘At Home’ in Gleanings during the week.
Weekend and One-Day Courses - Everyone to meet at Gleanings on the Saturday morning at 9.30am for a cuppa and chat. The course will start at 10am then run through the day until around 4.30pm with a break for lunch.
Long Weekend Workshops - Arrival: 2.30pm for 3pm start on first day of course (usually Friday)
Out of Course time - Gleanings will be available to students during evenings in order to socialise or to put in that extra bit of time on the coursework. Although our lunches are pretty substantial some may wish to pop along to a local pub for a snack (nearest 1 mile away) - we can give you directions or even accompany you!
DAILY TIMETABLE - approximate times
9.30am Gather at Gleanings
10am Course begins
11.15-11.30am Refreshment Break
1pm-2pm Lunch Break
3.15pm-3.30pm Refreshment Break
ONE WEEK COURSES
Sunday - 5.00pm - Get together and small buffet
Daily - as above . . with half day finishing after lunch.
2013 COURSES / GIGS AT A GLANCE (see the achive for past dates)
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Sat. 18th – Sun. 19th May 2013 (10am-4.30pm)
Old Time Banjo and Song with SARA GREY
Following last years successful weekend workshop for Old Time Banjo Sara has been requested to take this a stage further to include song . . .
“During the weekend we will be working on coordinating songs and banjo accompaniment. It will be important for those participating to have some knowledge of banjo playing.
No tab will be used and I will bring along some words to songs that we will work on during the 2 days.”
Cost of weekend: £120 includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments during the day. >>Booking Form<<
Sara will be performing a House Concert in Gleanings on Saturday evening, 18th May, 8pm. Tickets £6 or £4 to course participants - available on 01743 891412 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
More info: www.saragrey.net/
Sat. 25th May 2013 (10am – 4.30pm)
Jazz and Improvised Piano with James Taylor
This workshop provides a new approach, enabling any pianist possessing basic technical skills to improvise and is also suitable for anyone who teaches jazz. It’s all about finding chords and modes rather than the more conventional theory based method.
Cost of Day: £60, includes light lunch and refreshments. Please bring your own keyboard. >>Booking Form<<
James Taylor has been Head of Jazz Piano at Shrewsbury School for over a decade, teaching many students at many different levels. A number of these students have become professional musicians and all of the students can now sit down and improvise at the piano.
Sat. 13th – Sun. 14th July (10am-4.30pm)
Finding Your Folk Voice . . .
'Harmony Singing for the Driven but Slightly Petrified!'
with KEITH KENDRICK & SYLVIA NEEDHAM
Keith & Sylvia have a long history (both separately and together) of
teaching singing styles, techniques and harmony singing to all sizes of
ensembles from solo/duet through trios/quartets to full blown choirs and
chorales. Specializing in traditional material, mainly, they like to
concentrate on natural delivery rather than 'arty' or perhaps over
formalized approaches - if you like.
Whilst there will be structure to the weekend, their workshops tend to be
more organic than formally dictatorial. They will work hard to help everyone
discover their natural individual vocal power and timbre and will encourage
singing in the vernacular (the same as speech) as opposed to BBC English or
the strangely popular mid-Atlantic dialects as it were. Although once
everyone is singing together - there may be compromises made for the sake
of uniformity and tidiness. But whatever happens, they will always retain a
flexibility to suit the common direction of the attending throng. One thing
we can guarantee you is lots of singing, a fun time and.... metaphorically
speaking....a bag of tools to go home with!
Cost of Weekend: £120 includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments – Please book by 15th June >>Booking Form<<
Keith and Sylvia will be performing a House Concert in Gleanings on Sat. evening at 8pm. Tickets: £7 - Course participants: £5 - available on 01743 891412 or email: email@example.com for more details
More info: http://www.keithkendrick.com/sylvia.htm
Fri. 30th August – Sun. 1st September 2013
JOHN KIRKPATRICK - BRITISH BUTTON BOX WEEKEND
Gather Friday afternoon 2.30pm for 3pm start – depart Sunday 4.30pm.
This weekend is incredibly instrument specific! John will be looking at what you can get out of the Three Row British Chromatic Button Accordion that he's been playing now for fifty years. There are three melodeon (push-pull) rows in B, C, and C#, and normal Stradella accordion basses that are the same push or pull. These sessions will not be relevant for players of the Irish style two-row boxes, tuned a semitone apart, nor for the usual G/D melodeon, nor for the totally unrelated Continental Chromatic Button Accordion.
This is the same kind of beast that Jimmy Shand used to play, and took round the world in his heyday with his Scottish Country Dance Band. John's approach is a bit different, and is based very much on traditional English music and style. As well as covering the expected fields of Morris Tunes, Country Dance Tunes, and Folk Songs, John will also be looking at the complexities of playing in all the keys available on this gloriously compact instrument, and exploring swathes of repertoire that may not be immediately associated with the poor old push-pull squeeze-box! Whether you've been playing five minutes or fifty years, this is a great opportunity to come and learn from one of England's most dedicated and respected folk musicians.
Price for long weekend: £140, includes Friday night buffet, home-cooked lunches & refreshments. >>Booking Form<<
John will be performing a House Concert in Gleanings on Sat. evening at 8pm. Tickets: £7 course participants £5 - available on 01743 891412 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
More info: http://www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk/
John K guesting at The Amberley Folk Club
|Arts & Crafts
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Sun. 12th May 2013 (10am-4.30pm)
on a Spindle – “A Spinning Taster Day” with
work as a professional hand weaver but started spinning over 20
years ago. Learning to spin on a spindle is a great way to try
spinning without buying a wheel. You can take a spindle and a bit
of fleece anywhere - just pop it into your pocket and you can spin
wherever you go.
of Day: £25, includes fibre and spindle to take home.
Please bring a sharing lunch – Please book by
20th April >>Booking Form<<
Sat. 8 th June 2013 (10am
- 4.30pm approx)
Basket Making for Complete Beginners
Due to demand this very popular workshop is returning for the second time in 2013 . . “I’ve been making baskets and growing willow here at Gleanings for the last 5 years and have enjoyed the whole process. It’s the sort of skill you can get lost in. During the day I will teach you to make a small basket that you will be proud of, describing the pitfalls and how to overcome them, instruct on the amount of soaking required, and teach borders and the different weaves that I use. Also, we will look at the hedgerow plants you can use and take a trip to my willow beds.
This course will give you a chance to dip your toe in the water and be ready to create baskets of your own design.
Cost of Day: £35 which includes all materials, refreshments and snacks. Please bring a packed lunch
FULLY BOOKED - Please call to be added to list for future dates
Mon. 10th – Fri. 14th June 2013
BOTANICAL DELIGHTS FROM THE SUMMER GARDEN
What You Grow’ with SUE LINTON B
is a successful botanical artist and teacher. She is returning to
Gleanings for the fourth successive year, this time to concentrate
on the flowers, fruit and vegetables you may grow in your garden
(or even buy at the greengrocer’s).
Illustration has a long history, and in recent years has been
enjoying a revival. Many people are visiting exhibitions devoted
exclusively to botanical art and there are now several
inspirational books on the subject.
This course will include
pencil and ink techniques as well as watercolour which Sue will
demonstrate throughout. Whatever your current level, you will be
encouraged to develop your own style to create accurate and
beautiful drawings and paintings of your chosen subjects.
of 5-Day Course: £250, Includes
Welcome Tea on Sunday afternoon, plus home-cooked lunches and
refreshments during the course. – Please book by
Sue is a
successful watercolour painter and experienced teacher. She has
run workshops and courses in drawing, watercolour and pen and wash
here in South Shropshire and in Devon, where she now
“From an early age I looked forward to a career in
art. However, my ability in drawing combined with a love of maps
led initially to the Ordnance Survey where I trained and worked as
a cartographer. After having children I did a degree in education
and taught for several years in Cheshire and Shropshire, before
deciding to devote all my time to painting and teaching art to
My other passion is gardening, and so I now concentrate
more and more on drawing and painting flowers and other
plant life. A few years ago I gained a distinction in the Diploma
Course of the Society of Botanical Artists and soon after was
elected to full membership of the Society. Since then I have
exhibited regularly in the SBA Annual Exhibition in London. I am
also an active member of The South West Society of Botanical
Artists and with them have successfully exhibited throughout the
south west. My work will also be included in a group exhibition of
botanical art at one of the R H S shows in 2013.”
Sat. 22nd – Sun. 23rd June
Beginners Watercolour with PAUL PRIESTLEY
course introduces watercolour painting and covers a number of
basic techniques and skills related to landscape painting.
the first day there will be lots of demonstrations and
opportunities to practice during the morning and in the afternoon
students will complete a small painting under the direction of
Using the wonderful views at Gleanings on the second day
students will work on their own paintings under the direction of
Paul who will help and advice.
of weekend: £120 includes
home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments during the day. – Please book by
8th June. >>Booking Form<<
Sat. 29th – Sun. 30th June 2013
Wildscape Photography Workshop with JASON
Jason Smalley, professional photographer for a weekend of
landscape and nature photography. We'll be working with the
Stiperstones and the surrounding area to create landscape images
that truly capture the story of the place. Would you like to
become more familiar with your camera and to know how to convey
the very best of your subject? The weekend workshop includes
classroom sessions, location shoots and plenty of time exploring
how to optimise and perfect images using Photoshop and Lightroom.
Places are very limited, early booking is advised.
of Weekend: £120 includes
home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments
works as a professional countryside photographer based on the edge of the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire, Northern
work takes him throughout the British Isles to shoot a diverse
range of subjects loosely held together by the theme
Commissioned work, stock images and
video as well as complete text and photo packages are the mainstay
of his work, supported by bespoke workshops and the occasional
appearance for Nature or Photography groups.
more than twenty years he has worked with a wide range of clients including numerous national magazine
and book publishers.
More info: jasonsmalley.co.uk/
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Tel: 01743 891412