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.

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27 - 29 Jan

Protected: Concertina Band

Start the New Year On the Right Note!

Facilitator: Dave Townsend & Steve Ellis

An enlivening, practical weekend for experienced concertina players.

17 - 19 Feb

Viol Consorts

Pre-Formed Viol Consorts

Facilitator: Jane Francis & David Hatcher

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

24 - 26 Feb
I Fagiolini - Robert Hollingworth
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Protected: I Fagiolini Friends Weekend

Friends of I Fagiolini Weekend

Facilitator: Robert Hollingworth

Come and join Robert Hollingworth to experience Orazio Benevoli – a mass for several choirs. Please note, places are determined by a good balance of voices. Applications for Tenor, Bass and Alto voices are available. *This weekend is primarily for…

25 - 27 Aug

Classical Guitar Masterclass

Study with one of the best classical guitarists of our generation

Facilitator: Craig Ogden

A masterclass opportunity to study with one of the best classical guitarists of our generation. This enjoyable, intense weekend study course is suitable for experienced players and advanced students with a minimum skill level of Grade 6 guitar. There will…

25 Aug

Classical Guitar Concert with Craig Ogden

An engaging summer concert with chart-topping guitarist Craig Ogden

Facilitator: Craig Ogden

This Friday night recital will include music by Aguado, Rodrigo, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos and Bach. It will be a varied programme of key works from the guitar repertoire.   ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL

13 Oct

The Green Room

Residency launch and contemporary Indian music concert

Facilitator: Soumik Datta Arts and Counterpoints Arts

Experience Indian contemporary music and hear about the collaboration between Soumik Datta Arts, Counterpoints Arts and Hawkwood CFT. ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL

26 Nov

Briony Greenhill in Concert with Asha McCarthy

What world do I give you, what do I give to the world? What could it be instead?

Facilitator: Briony Greenhill & Asha McCarthy

Come and experience a collaborative performance between Briony Greenhill and Asha McCarthy. This concert will explore the question of “What is to bring a child into this country, culture, world at this time?” ALL WELCOME!   Arrivals from 7.00pm; Concert 7.30pm…

26 - 28 Jan

Recorder Weekend with Palisander

A weekend of consorts, chamber music and ensemble playing for recorder players

Facilitator: Palisander

International award-winning quartet, Palisander, will facilitate a weekend of ensemble playing that celebrates the diversity of the recorder. The repertoire will span from the medieval to the present day, including repertoire unique to Palisander. Members of the quartet blend their…

16 - 18 Feb

Protected: I Fagiolini Friends Weekend

Friends of I Fagiolini Weekend

Facilitator: Robert Hollingworth

Come and join Robert Hollingworth to experience a weekend of music! Please note, places are determined by a good balance of voices – you will be asked your voice part on your booking acknowledgment. UPDATE: SOPRANO and ALTO places fully…

11 - 14 Mar

Gong Initiation Course

Journey into Gong Magic

Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford

Join us for a full and stimulating immersion into the Way of The Gong, an extensive introduction into working with the gong, singing bowls, and other sound healing instruments as transformational tools for the self and others. This course is…

26 - 30 May

Sound Wisdom

Discover the Healing Power of Sound Within You

Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild

Come with us on a journey into the secret heart of your unique sound. Discover new ways to hear and express your truth, with confidence, courage and presence. Discover your voice as a spiritual practice. Your authentic voice is the…

26 - 04 Jul

Gong Master Training

Facilitator: Don Conreaux & Aidan McIntyre

Gong Master Training is an immersion in the art and science of resonant sound as devised by world renowned Grand Gong Master and innovator Don Conreaux and Gong Master Aidan McIntyre. You will be guided on a road to Mastery…

05 - 13 Aug

A Cappella Choir Summer School

Find your voice through singing together with repertoire covering eight centuries of music

Facilitators: Patrick Allies, Owain Park & Joseph Fort

Each day will have a different flavour and focus. We will be working roughly chronologically, beginning with music from the medieval period and running forward by approximately one century per day! You will gain from the experience of a range…

16 - 18 Aug

Choral Weekend with Gavin Carr

Haydn's "Mass in Time of War"

Facilitator: Gavin Carr

Join celebrated choral maestro Gavin Carr to explore one of Haydn’s most beautiful and fascinating works, his ‘Mass in Time of War’ (‘Messe in tempore belli’, also known as the ‘Paukenmesse’). With its famous Agnus Dei reflecting the anxieties of…

27 - 30 Aug

Rooted in the Earth with Complicité

Theatre making with the natural environment

Facilitator: Joyce Henderson

How can the natural world fuel self-expression and creativity? In order to express our inner life, we observe our natural surroundings and imitate what we see around us. Join Complicité Associate Artist, Joyce Henderson, to explore the structures of ensemble…

30 - 01 Aug

Classical Guitar Masterclass

Study with one of the best classical guitarists of our generation

Facilitator: Craig Ogden

A masterclass opportunity to study with one of the best classical guitarists of our generation. This enjoyable, intense weekend study course is suitable for experienced players and advanced students with a minimum skill level of Grade 6 guitar. There will…

30 Aug

Classical Guitar Concert with Craig Ogden

An engaging summer concert with chart-topping guitarist Craig Ogden

Facilitator: Craig Ogden

This Friday night recital will include music by Aguado, Rodrigo, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos and Bach. It will be a varied programme of key works from the guitar repertoire.

01 Sep

Classical Guitar Course Showcase Concert

Harmonies Unveiled: A Showcase Concert Featuring the Talents of Craig Ogden's Guitar Masterclass Participants

Facilitator: Craig Ogden

Immerse yourself in an enchanting evening of classical guitar mastery! Join us for the culmination of Craig Ogden’s Guitar Masterclass, where participants showcase the extraordinary skills they’ve cultivated. This showcase concert is your exclusive opportunity to witness the brilliant fruits…

18 - 20 Sep

Songwriting Retreat

Free your songwriting spirit

Facilitator: Dan Whitehouse & Katie Whitehouse

Gather round a metaphorical ‘songwriting campfire’ led by renowned, award-winning singer-songwriter and composer, Dan Whitehouse, along with artist mentor Katie Whitehouse. This unique experience offers a modern, soulful journey to unlock your creative potential, drawing inspiration from Dan’s illustrious career…

04 - 06 Oct

Chamber Music Weekend

A weekend of chamber music coaching and performance

Facilitator: Rosalind Ventris & Ian Burnside

A weekend of chamber music playing, open to both pre-formed groups and individual players. Coaching will be provided by internationally renowned artists, Rosalind Ventris (viola) and Iain Burnside (piano). Early Bird places have now sold out – standard priced places…

18 - 20 Oct

Your Sovereign Voice

Embody and express your signature sound

Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild

Your sovereign voice is your unique DNA signature sound, deeper than the reactive voice of your personality. Your sovereign voice unlocks the forgotten or lost songs and stories of childhood, reveals the vibrant music of longing and belonging drawing you…

28 - 01 Oct

Further Journeys in Gong Mastery

Sacred Sound as a Transformational Tool with Gong Mastery

Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford

This is a fantastic opportunity to deepen your Gong technique and understanding. Exploring the uses of the gong in a therapeutic setting and group work, Master Trainer Aidan McIntyre and Tim Byford will guide you towards creating a deeper connection…

09 Nov

The Yoga of Vocal Sound

The sound healing potential of vowels, consonants and seed syllables

Facilitator: James D'Angelo

Are you ready to embark on a journey of self-transformation? Join James D’Angelo – leading authority on sound healing – in uncovering one of the great aspects for attaining true sound health through the tuning of the chakras. In this…

13 - 15 Dec

Christmas with The Gesualdo Six

A weekend of singing music for Christmas, in vocal ensembles and choirs.

Facilitator: Owain Park & The Gesualdo Six

For centuries Christmas and the surrounding seasons have inspired composers to new heights of invention. The repertoire chosen for this course will reach across the ages: from the eternal beauty of the Tudor church right up to the twenty-first century.…