Bringing the Benslow Music Experience to You

Folk Orchestra Day with Jon Bennett and Liz van Santen, professional musicians and music tutors.

Calling folk instrumentalists and singers 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 3 November 2018, 9.30am – c. 6.15pm

West Oxford Community Centre

Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT (please note venue)

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! You are also welcome if you simply like to sing! 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)

Tutor website:

Fee: £50 (including tuition, tea/coffee refreshments throughout the day and entry to the concert)