Students learn folk music at Halsway Manor

Bridgwater Mercury: Niamh Dillon, Olivia Dillon, Kayleigh Daniells and Joe Bevan Niamh Dillon, Olivia Dillon, Kayleigh Daniells and Joe Bevan

ASPIRING musicians from schools in Bridgwater had the chance over Easter to head out a manor in the Quantocks to learn folk music.

Students from Chilton Trinity, Haygrove, Robert Blake and Bridgwater College Academy went to Halsway Manor near Crowcombe where they prepared for a performance at the manor’s Hothouse Festival.

Joe Hardman said: “At Halsway Manor it’s great to be surrounded by like-minded musicians. It’s a great place to develop knowledge and further yourself as a musician.”

This is the third year the six-day course has been run, which gets bursary funding from Futures for Somerset to run the course.

Luke Shadrick said: “The tutors are really inspirational and it’s had a really positive impact on my music.”

Joe Bevan said: “Before I came to Halsway I had never played folk music. It’s enjoyable to play and lots of fun.”

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