The Nonsuch Dulcimer Club is pleased to invite you to join us at our Annual Weekend, which this year is a special 3-day event celebrating our 25th anniversary.
We are returning to the very successful venue that we used in 2015, Malvern St. James School in Great Malvern. Tucked in below the scenic Malvern Hills, it's a lovely spot and also right opposite the train station.
We have a full programme of workshops for both Hammered Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer players of all levels, concerts, a ceilidh with caller, and plenty of room for sessions. We have a wide range of guest tutors from the USA, Europe and the UK. Jody Marshall (USA), Amanda Lowe (UK) & Sue Harris (UK) will be featured on Hammered Dulcimer, and Rob Brereton (USA), Michel Terlinck (Belgium) & Robin Clark (UK) on Mountain Dulcimer.
This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Nonsuch, and have extended our weekend to three days, with an option to attend for two days only. The evening meal on Friday is followed by a concert featuring our guest tutors. There will be an open stage concert by our members on Saturday night, and a full dance on Sunday featuring British and Flemish dance music. Our weekend is informal, with the chance to meet and exchange ideas with dulcimer players from all around Britain and beyond. We encourage sharing and learning from each other; above all, there is the very special Nonsuch atmosphere.
We extend a warm welcome to hammered and mountain dulcimer players of all ages and skill levels, and especially to newcomers. There will be separate workshops offered for beginners on both HD and MD, with experienced and helpful tutors.
The overall schedule for the weekend is shown here. We will be updating this page with the detailed workshop schedule and workshop descriptions as soon as we can.
Jodie Marshall is a well-known and popular hammered dulcimer teacher in the USA, where she has been teaching private lessons, group lessons, and workshops for hammered dulcimer for more than 20 years. Her clear and insightful style of instruction has helped hundreds of students become more confident players with a greater understanding of how their instrument 'works'. She is frequently an instructor at workshops and festivals.
Jody is also well known for her lively and expressive performing style, as well as for her creative arrangements of both solo and ensemble pieces. In keeping with her varied musical tastes, she is equally adept at playing Celtic jigs and reels, Renaissance and medieval dance tunes, classical music, and other genres. She delights in finding and adapting pieces that sit well on the dulcimer but aren't normally heard on the instrument.
Nominated as best folk instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association, Jody's performance credits include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. She was a founding member of the D.C.- based folk trio, Ironweed, and also performed extensively with the award-winning Celtic bands, MoonFire and Connemara. See more on her website.
Amanda Lowe could be described as the most exciting hammer dulcimer player in the UK today. But she's more than that. Amanda spent 20 years as a street entertainer where she developed her unique style of playing, toured internationally as a medieval musician, toured with the Masters of Cymbalom in Eastern Europe, and performed at the International Hackbrett Festivals and for the Cimbalom World Association.
Amanda is returning to teach at Nonsuch this year, after being a tutor in 2014, when she delighted players with her warm and enthusiastic teaching style. She has recorded a solo dulcimer album and several albums with Celtarabia and the Rootsman, and in pushing the repertoire of the dulcimer, plays with percussive, hypnotic passion. Amanda's playing is also deeply rooted in traditional folk and medieval music. She will be sharing her wide repertoire and experience with us both in workshops, and during the tutor concert.
Sue Harris has played Hammered dulcimer since her early twenties. She was captivated by the sound of the old traditional players and soon started using it in the ceilidh band - Umps and Dumps - and to accompany singing with John Kirkpatrick. Since then she has gone from strength to strength and become one of the foremost players in the country, concentrating mainly on English traditional music and her own original material.
Sue has worked extensively in the theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, and written music for several radio plays. Her last album 'Pastorela' received wide acclaim, and was featured on BBC Radio 3. She has worked on several Early Years music projects in Herefordshire and in Powys, including one on outdoor music in her role as a Forest School Leader. She writes and arranges music for her community band, Bandamania, and three community choirs around the Welsh Borders. Her most recent ceilidh band - Polkaworks - is a vibrant outfit of instrumentalists playing rollicking English dance tunes and a good sprinkling of Sue's compositions. Sue also plays in the English Dulcimer Duo with hammered dulcimer player Lisa Warburton, featuring a repertoire of mainly English tunes, some jaunty 18th century melodies, arranged for two dulcimers by Sue.
In addition, on Hammered Dulcimer, we will have special interest workshops taught by Jenny Coxon and Lisa Warburton who will bring music of the British Isles to celebrate our Nonsuch Anniversary. Frans Morre will teach a set of Flemish dances for our Sunday dance. We are also pleased to have Helen Edwards and Pieter Blondelle, who will teach classes especially for beginners.
Rob Brereton lives in Connecticut, USA, and is considered one of the pioneers in contemporary mountain dulcimer playing. His years of studying classical guitar have polished his playing style while his degree in music theory and composition has given him a fresh approach to arranging. Rob was one of the first dulcimer players to arrange extensively in chromatic and other alternate tunings. Although he specializes in the standards and early jazz tunes of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and the like, Rob is equally adept at playing the more traditional Celtic, Appalachian, Old Time, and other dulcimer repertoire.
Rob has taught all levels of dulcimer at most major music festivals and folk schools across the USA. He has won several awards for his playing including a coveted Winfield National flatpicking award. Rob has been playing dulcimer for over 30 years and has been an internationally recognized performer and instructor since his first CD was released in 1992. David Schnaufer called Rob's playing '...strong and innovative'. Find out more on his website.
Michel Terlinck lives in Belgium, and has been a builder of beautiful and authentic Hommels for over 30 years. (The Hommel, Hummel, Vlier & Epinette are all cousins of the mountain dulcimer.) He has spent many years studying the history and tradition of the Hommel, as well as its folk music tradition in Belgium and in parts of France. He also leads and teaches at the Gooik traditional Flemish folk music festival in Belgium each year. Michel is a gifted musician, and has been part of several different ensembles, including Beraberce, playing Renaissance music, traditional folk muic and his own compositions.
Michel is also a piano-tuner and woodworker, creating wooden music boxes, jewellery cases, and fine wooden jewellery. Besides sharing some of the techniques which he uses for playing the Hommel/Epinette and which translate to the mountain dulcimer, he will also give a presentation/lecture about the history and making of Hommels. See more on his website.
Robin Clark will teach workshops especially for beginners, and also bring his traditional noter-style expertise to teach a special workshop for us American Old-Time music. In one of his non-dulcimer lives, Robin is a training consultant, and will also teach and lead two separate seminars as part of our Teach the Teacher initiative. These will focus on How to Prepare a Workshop, and on Curriculum for Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer.
Karen Buglass is a life-long music lover who began exploring traditional stringed instruments during the last decade. Her love of the mountain dulcimer evolved after a visit to the Fort New Salem Dulcimer Festival in West Virginia. Since then, Karen has studied mountain dulcimer with several national champions. She performed as a soloist during the Shenandoah University Mountain Dulcimer Festival and as part of a trio during Dulcimer Week at Western Carolina University.
Closer to home, appreciative audiences range from kindergarten students to independent living residents. Karen offers private lessons and has a set of student dulcimers for small group workshops. See more on her website.
Please complete the booking form and return it with your cheque (made payable to Nonsuch Dulcimer Club) to Hilary Davies, either by email, or to the address shown on the form. You may also pay by bank transfer. Please note that your application must reach us by June 30th, 2017 in order for you to benefit from our Early Bird pricing.
The weekend will be held at Malvern St. James School, 15, Avenue Road, Great Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3BA. fFor more information about the location and the surrounding area, please see the school's website.