9th – 17th August 2014

Traditional Music Summer School


Whatever your age, instrument or ability, develop your musical skills at our traditional music summer school.

Classes Available

  • Fiddle
  • Tin Whistle
  • Flute (timber and silver)
  • Guitar (DADGAD and standard tuning)
  • Piano Accordion
  • Mixed Instruments
    Banjo, Button Accordion, Piano Accordion,
    Concertina and Mandolin

What You Get

  • 3 hours group tuition each day with tutors including
    Ray Coen, Gerry Heggarty, Sheena Vallely, Henry Sears, Gabi Maas, Katherine Mann and Jane Demspey
  • Themed sessions every afternoon
  • Specialist workshops and masterclasses
  • Lunchtime tutor recitals



  • £140 for adults
  • £100 for under 18s
  • Family discounts available*
  • Group and educational discounts available*

* Please email summerschool@bathfolkfestival.org
for more details.

Early Bird Rates

  • £120 for adults
  • £90 for under 18s

Book before the 1st June 2014 to qualify


Summer School In Action


I really enjoyed the classes, great tutors. The concerts were excellent and best of all the sessions were amazing.

Caroline Creasey, Whistle Class


I took the Fiddle Class at the Bath Folk Club Summer School to improve my technique. I found it a very useful and an enjoyable experience and is a great opportunity to be taught by some top class players

Tom Kimber, Fiddle Class


Book Now

Once you have booked your place at the Bath Traditional Music Summer School we will be in touch to find out what instrument class you would like to take and your current standard of playing. Please supply an email address you check regularly when registering. If you would prefer us to contact you by telephone, please email your contact details to info@bathfolkfestival.org after registration.

Frequently Asked Questions


When is the summer school taking place?

Our traditional music summer school will run from Monday 11th – Friday 15th August 2014.

Where is the summer school held?

The summer school will take place at the University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY.

What is the format of the summer school?

Each morning you will receive a group lesson with other students of a similar standard between 10am – 1pm. There will be a refreshment break half way through each lesson, allowing you to socialise with students in other classes.
There will be a 1-hour lunch break, featuring a 30-minute tutor recital. If the weather is good, this will be held outside at the University of Bath’s amphitheatre, a picturesque setting next to a lake where you can eat your picnic lunch and enjoy listening to the recital in the open air.
Each afternoon there will be a choice of a mixed instrument session or a daily workshop/masterclass from a guest tutor between 2pm – 5pm.

Do I need to read music?

All of our classes are centred on learning tunes by ear, so there is no need to read music.

What standard do I need to be?

Musicians will be expected to have a basic grasp of their instruments and know their basic scales or chords. Classes will be divided according to ability.

What if I am a complete beginner?

Please contact the festival organisers. If there is enough interest we may be able to offer classes for beginners on selected instruments.

How old/young do I need to be?

All ages are welcome and the classes will all be mixed ages. It is an important part of traditional music for all generations to play together so they can learn from each other.

Are your tutors DBS checked?

Yes, all of our tutors have been DBS checked.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own instrument to the summer school lessons. We recommend that you also bring a recording device, a pen and paper to get the most out of lessons.

What if I want to learn a traditional instrument that’s not listed here?

Get in touch with us and if there is sufficient interest we will organise additional classes.