Bringing the Benslow Music Experience to You! 

Calling folk instrumentalists of all ages!

An opportunity to play new arrangements and get your feet tapping with a vivid selection of tunes and songs from the British and Irish folk traditions.

Saturday 30 November 2019, 9.45am – c. 6.15pm

West Oxford Community Centre

Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT

Tutors: Jon Bennett and Liz van Santen both regularly run Folk Orchestra at Benslow Music, and are multi instrumentalists who play in the well-established local band, Moonrakers. Do look them up on the website address provided below!

Standard: Lower/Upper Intermediate

Whatever acoustic instrument you play (fiddle, fretted instruments, whistles/flute, squeeze boxes, etc) you're welcome! Our tutors specialise in singing, fretted instruments, whistles and fiddle, but we'll have parts for anything you bring. We’ll work through a number of tunes and songs with arrangements throughout the day. You don't need to read music, but no absolute beginners, please. The day workshop will conclude with a short concert showcasing the course participant folk orchestra and their musical achievements! Members of the Moonrakers will also play a few songs and tunes. This informal concert is open to family and friends.

“The tutors are a great team who really stretch the participants.” - “Refreshing!” - “Jon & Liz work very hard. I enjoyed myself & learnt a lot, which I am already putting into practice.”


10am – 5.00pm Workshop (with an hour for lunch at 1.00pm; please bring your own picnic for lunch or alternatively there is a Café at the venue and other restaurants nearby)

5.30pm Short Concert by the Moonrakers (open to family and friends; tickets £5)

Tutor website:

Fee: £60 (including tuition, tea/coffee refreshments throughout the day and entry to the concert)

Code: 19/MR1