Welcome to the Burwell Bash 2021 Online members area. This is where you can find all your information and course itinerary to help prepare you for the week itself. Please read this information carefully even if you have been before as there are some changes to be aware of. We aim to make this page as helpful as possible for everyone attending.
The Big Tune
Our Big tune is a tune that will definitely be played on the course. Instrument classes may cover it on the first day but it is helpful for all participants to learn it ahead of time. It will be included in all the evening sessions as it is a tune everyone on the course knows. The Tune is called Burwell Baby and is an original composition, written for us by fiddle tutor, Tola Custy. Check out the tune and notation below. The audio recordings below are of Tola, made especially for us, at two speeds to aid learning by ear.
Download the sheet music
Listen to the track
We aim to make you feel as welcome as possible while on site. To do this we like to make arrivals day go as smoothly as possible. When booking you will have indicated whether you wish to arrive on Sunday or Monday.
Sunday Arrivals - Please arrive after 3pm so that the staff will have the house ready and the team will be on site to greet you. Food will be available for dinner from 6pm. It's a lovely opportunity to meet everyone and have a session before getting ready for day one.
Monday Arrivals - Be sure to arrive by 8:30 so that you will be able to attend the welcome briefing and be able to participate in the first class.
The view of the house from the North Street Entrance
Below is a rough timetable for the week to be sure you know what's on when. For new members, there will be a copy of the timetable given to each of you in your members folders which will be given to you on arrival.
The Slow Session
The Slow Session is an optional group activity that runs each evening after dinner, overseen by our volunteers Jean and Volker. It allows those who are not comfortable keeping up in a standard session to learn and play tunes at a gentler pace. Music for this will be available at the slow session. Copies can also be found below in both common notation and in simple ABC should you wish to learn some in advance. The slow session usually runs in Manderville (the bar).
Download 2019 Slow Session Tunes
Download previous Big Tunes and session Tunes
An Evening Session in the Bar
The evening activities are an opportunity for team building and performance and we urge all members to take part. The tutors all choose to join us for all evening activities leading teams on Quames Night and give positive feedback on performance during the One Night Stand Band. For certain activities (such as One Night Stand Band) it will be essential to know who will be taking part. Please let members of the committee know if you will not be taking part.
Members will be required to come to the tutors concert and end of week concert to perform in their instrument classes and mixed band classes. As you will see, the One Night Stand Band runs from lunchtime on Wednesday until the end of the evening. Any non-resident members taking part in the One Night Stand Band will need to stay on site all day until the end of the evening in order to rehearse and perform. We also recommend having an evening meal on site that day.
The committee aim for each evening activity to finish around 10pm in order for a session to start before it gets too late. This was also the impetus behind the Big Session on tuesday night, allowing the session to start as soon as possible and give students a chance to 'digest' the tunes they've learnt so far.
Tola performing at the Tutors Concert