This is proposed to be run again in 2019


Folk Orchestra Workshop at Stroud Folk Weekend. Leader: Fran Wade

Last year’s Folk Weekend ‘playing duets’ workshop evolved into a folk orchestra which now meets once per month at Rodborough Village Hall and did its first gig in June.  Music for this year’s workshop is for a full orchestra and includes a tune line, a counter melody line, another harmony line – the continuo, lines for viola and cello / bass, chord notation and parts for Bb clarinets and Eb saxophones.  The workshop will appeal to players who are inspired by our rich musical heritage and who would like to play together in a more structured way than would be found in a traditional pub session.  The style will be ‘chamber orchestra meets folk’ where the rhythm comes from the tune and accompaniment players rather than a hefty set of timps and percussion.  The workshop is likely to include fiddles, mandolins,  flutes, concertinas, recorders, violas, cellos, double bass, guitars, keyboard, clarinets, alto sax, accordions –  really anything that squeezes, blows, plinks or scrapes apart from percussion.  Players will need to be able to follow a line of music, but not be expert sight readers.

We will do 4 – 5 traditional tunes drawn from the music of the British Isles.  The 2 hour workshop will include a brief break for refreshment and will be followed by a performance of our endeavours at the start of the afternoon concert at 1pm.  It will be a glorious noise!

Fran Wade has been playing folk music for decades in various bands and has led orchestras and choirs both locally and at festivals further afield (eg Whitby, Broadstairs, Prince Albert Carol Consort, Stroud).

Cost: £5 (not including refreshments). Bring a pencil, highlighter pen and music stand. Arrive 10.15am for a prompt 10.30 start. Workshop finish: 12.30. Concert: 1.00 – 1.30. Lunch after the concert slot!.