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Bursary for Folkworks Durham Summer School

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Folkworks summer school returns to Durham! After a gap because of covid and a reduced Youth Summer School in deepest Northumberland last year, this year's summer school will be held in Durham School in Durham City.
It will be a wonderful experience for any folk-minded player between the ages of 14 and 17. The summer school is rather expensive at £500 inclusive this year. The ICA has for a number of years offered a bursary (£250 this year) towards the cost for a suitable concertina player. To qualify, they would need to be an appropriate age and to play concertina to a reasonable standard (above beginner). They would need an interest in folk music but do not need previous folk experience.
The 2024 Summer School will mainly involve working in mixed instrument groups, but the course will be tailored to the young musicians so there will be opportunity for instrument specific focus during the week. Sam Partridge (one of this year’s tutors) is a concertina player and will be able to support with this.
They will be expected to write a short piece about the experience for Concertina World, the ICA magazine. We could offer help with drafting this if needed. We would also like a photograph taken during the summer school. Folkworks should be able to arrange this.
If you are interested or would like to know more, contact Roger Gawley at

More on the summer school at


Applications close on May 10

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My daughter attended over a number of years, it brought along her musicianship, her confidence and helped her with a network of contacts. I can strongly recommend the Folk Works youth summer school.


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