Bev is a professional musician and music teacher, who has spent more than thirty years teaching, encouraging and mentoring folk musicians of all ages.
Throughout the 1980s and 90s Bev was a tutor for Comhaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann, delivered workshops and summer schools for Folkworks, and whilst working at the Irish Studies Workshop at Soar Valley College in Leicester developed the first ever OCN accredited qualification in Irish Traditional Music in the UK.
Bev has taught music privately for many years, and currently offers private tuition on whistle and flute both in-person and via Skype. She teaches a popular weekly Irish music class for adults, is a regular workshop leader for Folkus, and is increasingly in-demand to lead workshops at folk festivals (including Ireby Festival and Settle Folk Gathering). For the past three years she has been teaching tin whistle and flute to children in Barrow-in-Furness as part of the Folk First project, and in primary schools as a freelancer with Cumbria Music Service.
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Gift certificates for online tuition on tin whistle or Irish flute available for Christmas! Book one lesson or a series of lessons – £25 per lesson. Contact Bev for more details. Support folk performers this Christmas – go to this hashtag: #FolkForChristmas Bev Whelan is a professional musician and music teacher, who has spent more … Continue reading Online Tuition – Irish flute and tin whistle
Bev has run a very popular multi-instrumental Irish tunes class and slow session in Lancaster for more than four years. It meets on Monday afternoons, and new members are always welcome! Currently the class is not meeting in-person due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Bev is running regular slow sessions on Zoom, and creating occasional … Continue reading Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session
Bev is an experienced and supportive workshop leader. Each workshop is unique: tuition is tailored to the ability of participants, whether they are advanced players, improvers or absolute beginners who have never touched a whistle before. Bev is able to work with mixed-ability groups and students of all ages. She has developed methods which enable … Continue reading Workshops
Bev is a tutor at the Folk First music project in Barrow-in-Furness, which started life as a Folk Academy (an Arts Council-funded project led by Luke Daniels of Gael Music) in 2017. The project aims to teach and support school children in Barrow to learn to play folk music and participate in an ensemble. Now … Continue reading Schools and Young People