9th – 17th August 2014

Traditional Music Summer School

Develop Your Skills

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
  • 2 hour ensemble workshop each day
  • Top class tutors
  • Free entry to lunchtime tutor recitals
  • 10% discount on your Bath Folk Festival Pass



  • £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.

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.