Music Making

Immerse yourself in the Hawkwood experience on one of our residential courses, or simply join us for a day. We have a huge range of creative and inspiring courses: focus on movement and creativity with yoga or an art workshop, get involved with social change, reconnect with nature, or join us for a poetry, storytelling, classical music, woodwork, blacksmithing or embroidery course.

We offer a unique mix of vibrant and stimulating courses, often not found elsewhere.

Either browse our full list of courses, talks and events or select from a specific area of interest. You can also use the search bar option or take a look at our calendar which highlights all activities at Hawkwood month by month.

07 - 09 Feb

I Fagiolini – Au Naturel

Friends of I Fagiolini Weekend

Facilitator: Robert Hollingworth

Join Robert Hollingworth to experience a wildly eclectic mix of music – from Renaissance Germany to Britten in playful mood, Rheinberger’s serene choral hit Abendlied,  some French jazz and a song about the Inuit winter. *This weekend is primarily for…

09 Feb

I Fagiolini Concert

A Sing Through

Facilitator: Robert Hollingworth

Join Robert Hollingworth to experience a wildly eclectic mix of music – from Renaissance Germany to Britten in playful mood, Rheinberger’s serene choral hit Abendlied,  some French jazz and a song about the Inuit winter.

14 - 16 Feb
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Viol Consorts

Facilitator: Jane Francis and David Hatcher

This weekend invites players to try their hand at different sized consorts, working at times from facsimile music on renaissance instruments. Expect to be stretched and encouraged in your practice within a supportive atmosphere. There will also be new content…

20 Feb

Created @ Hawkwood

Spoken Word, Puppetry, Music and Sound

An evening of spoken word, shadow puppetry, music and sound design.

15 - 19 Mar

Your Voice as a Gateway into Presence

The Naked Voice Wisdom School - Spring Retreat

Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild

This unique retreat is inspired by Chloe Goodchild’s lifelong experience with sound and voice as a contemplative and reflective experience. Enjoy exploring a range of sound skills for self-inquiry, conscious movement, and the healing medicine of dynamic silence. You will…

23 - 26 Mar

Relaxing Woodwind Playing

Facilitator: Laurence Perkins

Relaxing Woodwind Playing has a particular focus on well-being and relaxation. Suitable for players from grade 5 to advanced level, the programme includes music by Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Copland, alongside medieval plainchant and traditional folk melodies. The ensemble will play…

03 - 05 Apr

Harmonic Temple Spring Retreat

Singing in Harmony

Facilitator: Nickomo and Rasullah Clarke

We will be tuning into each other as a group through singing together in harmony, not for performance, but for nourishing our inner selves. A weekend of singing these chants brings about a sense of deep well-being and healing and…

10 - 19 Jul

Gong Master Training Course

Facilitator: Don Conreaux & Aidan McIntyre

This year’s training will be led by Don Conreaux and Aidan McIntyre with the help of guest teachers Jon Birdsong, Robert Horwell, Kevin Goulding and Tim Byford, in addition to a guest voice coach to be announced. It will be the…

10 - 13 Aug

Flutes Inspired

Facilitator: Elisabeth Hobbs

Do you love playing the flute? Would you like to improve your flute skills in an encouraging and supportive environment? Elisabeth’s focus is on helping you to make real progress in your flute-playing journey. This intensive course includes flute choir,…

14 - 16 Aug

Choral Weekend

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis: A choral weekend with Gavin Carr

Facilitator: Gavin Carr

Beethoven’s  Missa Solemnis is generally considered one of the composer’s supreme achievements and  one of the most significant Mass settings of the period. This richly textured, solemn piece was composed over a four year period and was first performed in…

16 Aug

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis Choral Concert

Sing-Through Choral Concert

Facilitator: Gavin Carr

Listen to an informal choir performance as a culmination of the Choral Experience Weekend, conducted by Gavin Carr. By donation to the Eileen Nesfield-Cookson bursary fund. Gavin Carr, director of the Philharmonia Chorus and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, is one of the…

17 - 19 Aug

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Strings Summer School

Come and enjoy specialist coaching from string players of the world-class Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as you explore popular string orchestra repertoire, build ensemble and musicianship skills, as well as honing chamber skills.

19 Aug

Summer Strings

Concert with BSO Members & Students

Facilitator: Members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Students

Come and enjoy a play-through concert by students and members at Hawkwood’s second annual Strings residential weekend with the celebrated Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra! By donation to the bursary fund.

28 Aug

Concert of Sacred Sound

Facilitator: Ton Akkermans and Carolina Schomper

Come and enjoying the natural, healing sound of singing bowls, gongs, and bells played by master craftspeople and musicians Ton Akkermans and Carolina Schomper.  A relaxing evening concert which forms part of Hawkwood’s annual Create a Singing Bowl course

27 - 29 Nov

Early Music Consort Songs

Facilitator: Emma Kirkby

An autumn residency for Dowland Works singers and members of Chelys Viol Consort. Observers welcome.  The group will offer an informal concert on Sunday afternoon 29 November. Time to be announced.