Bath Traditional Music
Summer School


Monday 13th – Friday 17th August 2018

Our popular traditional music summer school is your opportunity to learn new tunes and develop your technique with the help of our expert tutors.

Classes are offered in fiddle, flute/tin whistle, guitar, tenor banjo/mandolin, box/piano accordion, singing and Irish dancing.

In addition to a three hour instrumental class on your chosen instrument, you can join acclaimed tutor Catriona MacDonald for a mixed instrument workshop each afternoon, where you will learn a selection of session tunes together.

If you play an instrument not listed here, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

All ages and abilities welcome. All classes will be centred on learning tunes by ear, so there is no need to read music.


Each day at the Bath Traditional Music Summer School is divided into two parts:

1. Group Instrument Tuition

You will receive instrumental tuition with a small group of other students of a similar standard on your chosen instrument. Your tutor will teach you new tunes and traditional techniques to help you develop your playing.

2. Ensemble Tuition

You will have the opportunity to take part in a large mixed instrument ensemble led by Catriona MacDonald, where you will learn to play exciting arrangements of traditional tunes with other musicians.

Classes take place between 10:00 – 16:15 each day, with a one hour break for lunch.


Bath Studio School
Frome Road


Our tutors this year include:

Karen Tweed – Box/Piano Accordion
Gerry Hegarty – Fiddle
Gabi Maas – Fiddle
Rachel Cross – Fiddle
Claire Watts – Flute/Whistle
Katherine Mann – Flute/Whistle
Tom Kimber – Tenor Banjo/Mandolin
Fran Barrett – Guitar
Ben Trott – Guitar
Rebecca Hills – Irish Dance
John Sandford – Singing
Catriona MacDonald – Mixed Instruments (afternoon session)

Early Bird Rate* Full Rate
Child (7-16) £105 £120
Adult (16+) £155 £170

* Available until 1st June 2018