Witney Supersqueeze

Full Course Information

What Happens?

To book your place, look at the course units and fill in the online form and make your payment. You’ll receive an email confirmation and other information about the course. If you don’t live nearby you will need to find accommodation as well. A few weeks beforehand you will be given access to the advance music – written score and sound files. Then do some practicing and come along to Witney.

On the Friday evening there is an informal welcome session at Henry Box School, with music to play, and teas and coffees available – no bar, but do bring along anything you want to drink. On Saturday, meet up at Henry Box School, register, and start working on your chosen units. You’ll find yourself in a group of friendly like-minded people, with an experienced tutor covering a particular aspect of squeeze-box music. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available at break times, and for lunch and an evening meal you will go out into the town for something to eat and a bit of fresh air and a change of scene. In the evening there is a concert by the tutors, and on Sunday you do it all again, with a different group and maybe a different tutor, have a farewell gathering, and go home. We hope you will depart having learnt something new, full of ideas to work on for the rest of the year, with new friends and the memory of having had a great time.

The weekends are held at HENRY BOX SCHOOL in Witney, a pleasant market town twelve miles west of Oxford, just off the A40 and with good public transport links (regular bus services from Oxford Rail Station). The school has excellent facilities and plenty of parking space, and is close to the town centre. The town is well provided with accommodation and eating establishments to suit all pockets. It has plenty for non-musical spouses, partners and parents to do, and is near to Oxford, Woodstock, and many other beautiful and interesting places.

The fee for the course is £95.00, which includes all teaching and workshop sessions, access to advance music and information, and admission to the Saturday night concert. Students should book in advance and pay, using the online form. One-day bookings are not available until three weeks before the date of the weekend. The course is non-residential, and an accommodation list is available on this site.

Even if you don’t come for the course, you can catch some great performances by a unique range of artists. Every weekend includes a public concert featuring the course leaders. Tickets cost £10.00.

Places for young people are offered at the reduced price of £50.00 ($75.00/€60.00). They are available to anyone aged between 18-21 who is not in full-time employment. Please note that all course members must be over 18 years old.

There are a limited number of free places for people prepared to act as stewards, carrying out duties such as serving teas and coffees at break times, staffing the admissions desk, and setting out rooms. Being a steward may mean arriving early and missing part of some sessions. Prospective stewards must be over 18. Please phone or click here to email if you would like to be considered.

The weekend includes a trade fair, with stalls for instruments, sundries, books and CDs.

It is important to choose course units suited to your ability. To make this possible, we have defined three ability levels as follows:

Basic Level – Musicians who can play a few tunes, know their way around the main notes of the instrument, and have some knowledge of note-names, written music and/or chord-symbols. On accordion and melodeon, they will have begun to use the left-hand chord buttons.

Intermediate Level – Musicians who can play in the usual keys of the instrument, have knowledge of where to find all the notes, a fair idea of rhythm, and can follow at a reasonable pace. They will have started to learn to control the sounds (i.e. loudness and attack), to consider musical style, and perhaps to experiment with harmony and ornamentation.

Higher Level – Musicians who can play with a degree of fluency, understand the layout of the instrument, can find notes as required, and keep a fair rhythm and pace. They will be exploring various aspects of their music such as style, phrasing, dynamics, accents, rhythms, harmony, ornamentation and technique.

If units are to be taught mainly or entirely by ear, or require particular expertise, this will also be indicated.


We reserve the right to alter or cancel any part of the programme of events under unforeseen circumstances.