Some impressions of Hands on Music Weekends from those who have taken part

Just to say a big thank you for organising the Accordions at Witney weekend – I didn’t get a chance to fill in a feedback form. However, so far as I was concerned it was a huge success. The concert was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops with David Oliver and Sam Pirt – 2 superb teachers and very inspiring (definitely 2 to invite again!). As usual I came away full of ideas to try over the coming year and thoroughly refreshed by such an absorbing and enjoyable weekend. The formula is perfect! Please do keep on organising them – it’s so worthwhile for us.
Thanks Dave, best wishes Mary Esslemont

Just a little message to say how much I enjoyed the weekend. The people were very friendly – it’s strange, but I’ve never yet met a concertina player I didn’t like! Organisation excellent, tutors very good. All in all, a very pleasant way to spend the weekend. Even had good weather.
Many thanks.

I very much enjoyed Concertinas at Witney which took place on 23rd and 24th September 2000 and I would definitely go again. Samantha Boorer

The fiddle weekend at the beginning of Feb was excellent!
Best regards, Ros

Absolutely amazing weekend. Was in Chris Haig’s and then Pete Cooper’s workshops. Must say that I got so much out of the two days. Hope I can keep up the momentum. Big thanks, Helen Booth

Dear Dave,
What a great weekend you and your crowd provided in Whitney! I’ve been to several Fiddles at Whitney over the past several years and I think this was the best of them all.
I did classes with Stewart Hardy (what a find he is!!) and Bruce McGregor (extraordinary, as always) and came away with great tunes and lots to work on over the next couple of months, which was just what I wanted. I’ve been playing their two CDs ever since I got back home. Their instruction was excellent as were their performances at the concert on Saturday evening, which was also one of the best I’ve seen at Whitney. All of the instructors were gifted teachers as well as wonderful performers, and it showed! The Marlborough Hotel also seemed to offer some special rates for the weekend, which was a welcome change from past years and made the weekend much more affordable.
So, thanks for all the effort you put in to making the weekend such a success. It was great.
Looking forward to next year already. Kind regards, Holly Norton

I’ve just realised that it’s a whole week since the Winds at Witney course and really wanted to put on record just how much I enjoyed the whole experience.
The organisation was smooth and unhurried and the tutors (in my case Gordon and Dave) quite outstanding, both musically and in their ability to enable us to achieve what we didn’t think we could, or at least to leave at the end of the weekend infected with some of their enthusiasm/love for their music!
The concert on Saturday evening was also just such a good event! Everyone relaxed and out to enjoy an evening of variety and delight. Sorry, I’m waxing far too lyrical…
Just thanks again, and please keep me in touch with the next opportunity to get that buzz which goes on for weeks after!
Mel Leggett