The UK Nyckelharpa Project

The nyckelharpa is entering an exciting time in the UK and we are pleased to be able to offer different sorts of workshops at festivals or in the comfort of your own home. Sign up for individual or group taster sessions with instruments.

Vicki's experience as an instrumental music teacher, workshop leader and Swedish heritage combine in a perfect way to bring the Swedish nyckelharpa to the UK folk scene. Vicki holds a Masters in Education specialising in distance teaching. Read her recent article published in the European String Teachers Association Magazine.

The beginner taster workshops are aimed at people with no previous experience on the instrument and instruments are provided. The sessions are small and intimate to ensure that each learner is given sufficient attention. See below to meet the team members of the nyckelharpa pool. To book your own nyckelharpa workshop contact us!
Download the pdf flyer.

Private Lessons

Private lessons in North Essex - £30 per hour.
lessons are also available.
Lessons are available whilst we are on the road, check the map to see if we are near you and can arrange a time.

Day Workshop format

4 hours of workshop for the complete beginner. As numbers are limited these workshops can be booked to take place in your own lounge! The rate for the basic 4 hour workshop is from £120 (plus fuel surcharge). The number of hours can be altered to suit the day. The two sessions can be run with the same people or, the two sessions could have different participants - that's up to you. :)

10:00 - 12:00 Session 1
12:00 - 1:00 lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Session 2

Festival Workshop Format 1

2 hour workshop – First 20 minutes delivered as a show and tell followed by 5 x 20 minute hands-on slots where participants are taught a tune on instruments provided. Maximum 20 (in groups of 4*) hands-on participants but numbers for audience unlimited.

Festival Workshop Format 2
5 x 1.5 hour sessions

1 general and 4 subsequent sessions reaching 48 participants (12 x ½ hour slots in groups of 4*)

Session 1: Half hour presentation followed by as many participants having a try on a nyckelharpa. Participants can then sign up for a subsequent joint half hour session subject to availability.
Sessions 2 – 5: 12 different participants per session signed up in 3 x ½ hour slots from session 1. Each participant will be signed up for 1 half hour slot.

Festival Workshop Format 3
5 x 1.5 hour sessions

1 general and 4 subsequent sessions reaching 16 participants (4 x 1½ hour slots in in groups of 4*)

Session 1: Half hour presentation followed by as many participants having a try on a nyckelharpa. 16 Participants can then sign up for a subsequent joint 1.5 hour session subject to availability.
Sessions 2 – 5: 4 different participants per session signed up in 1.5 hour slots from session 1. Each participant will be signed up for 1 x 1.5 hour slot.

*Current team members of the nyckelharpa pool

Harpa2
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Harpa-Lars
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Harpa-Alice
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Harpa-Olle
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