Festival And Summer School Workshops


We have published a new website for the Festival please click here to visit our new Middle Eastern Music and Dance Festival Website 2012.

Situated on a beautiful site for camping with changing rooms and showers. Workshops and performances take place in marquees and in the community hall with dance floor, kitchen & bar.

Murat Ferhad Yeguel, Juliana Brustik, Jane Wass, Chas Whitaker, Russell Harris,
Michelle Pender, Carmen Jones, Maren Lueg, Raheesha, Merlin Sheperd, Guy Schalom.

Egyptian, Turkish & Klezmer Music & Dance.
Drum Solo for Dancers & Percussionists.
Egyptian Saidi Stick Dance & Ghawazee Dance.
Turkish Gypsy Dance, Egyptian Belly Dance.
Klezmer & Turkish Clarinet.
Oud, Rababa, Saz, Arabic & Turkish Ney Flute.
Egyptian Classics & for Dancers, Melody Players and Percussionists.
Taqasim (Middle Eastern form of Improvisation) Dancers & Melody Players.

FIRST BIRD TICKETS deadline the 1st of March 2012.

For bookings and more info contact Maren:
Phone: 07727604212 marenlueg@yahoo.co.uk

Venue: Camerton Hall, Meadgat, Camerton BA2 0NL, Bath North East Somerset

Our festival aims to bring together some of the UK’s best teachers and performers in Middle Eastern, Near Eastern, North African and Turkish, Music, Song and Dance to share their knowledge and entertain. In many of the workshops the components of music, song, rhythm and dance are studied separately at various levels to then be brought together later on. There are also stand-alone workshops and seminars and possibilities for advanced level personal tuition. The live music component is important to the ethos of this event and will feature in as many dance classes as possible. Every evening we are treated to performances from our teachers as well as guest performers for dancing or listening pleasure. We welcome all levels of dancers and musicians, from beginner to professional!



Chas Whitaker: Darabuka / Duff / Riq / Segat.

Chas has been studying Middle Eastern Percussion in the UK and across the Middle East. Over the last 15 years Chas has been performing and teaching at summer schools and festivals national and internationally. He performs regularly in Middle Eastern Ensembles such as The Arabic Balkan Gypsy Band, Souk Bab-El-Louk, The Mazaj Band and Hossam Ramzy’s Egyptian Orchestra. Over the last 15 years Chas has been performing and teaching at summer schools and festivals national and internationally. He performs regularly in Middle Eastern Ensembles such as The Arabic Balkan Gypsy Band, Souk Bab-El-Louk, The Mazaj Band and Hossam Ramzy’s Egyptian Orchestra.

For more info about Chas: www.arabicdrum.co.uk


Guy Schalom – Saidi Stick dance & Percussion.

Drummer, dancer and independent record producer Guy Shalom is best known for his work with Klezmer revivalists the Klezmer Alliance as well as The Klezmatics, David Krakauer and Egyptian stars Natacha Atlas, The Musicians Of The Nile and Mahmoud Fadl. His latest CD, Baladi Blues was described by fROOTS magazine as “Outstanding, fresh and compelling as well as technically superb”.

For more info about Guy: www.guyschalom.com


Murad Ferhad Yegül – Turkish Ney

Murat Ferhat Yegul is a graduate from Bilkent University School of Music and Stage Arts (Ankara, 2000) and from Konya State Conservatuary (Ney Department, 2005). He is also a Ney maker and has worked as a Ney Lecturer in the Music Faculty of Erciyes University (2006-2008) before moving to the U.K. Since then he has been teaching Ney in several places in the U.K including the S.O.A.S. and Yunus Emre Institude in London. During his Ney education he has been a student of Sadrettin Ozcimi, Suleyman Yardim and Emrah Hatipoglu. He also focuses on adapting the trombone (taking advantage of being a fretless instrument) into Turkish Music.


For more information about the Turkish Ney Flute click here.
For more info:www.myspace.com/trombonzen


Russell Harris – Oud, Rabab, Saz, Percussion.

Russell has been involved in the study and performance of Middle Eastern music since the mid 1980′s – After a initial period of study in Konya,Turkey specialising in Anatolian folk traditions with Ustat Ahmet Ozdemir, a renowned player of Oud and Saz ( long necked lute ) he broadened the scope of his study to include Arabic instrumental styles, specialising in Oud and Percussion. Russell has performed extensively throughout the UK with groups Bazigah, Taaliqa and Panacea and with a range of international artists including Adel Salameh and Naziha Azzouz.

Arabic Oud for beginners,
(other fretless instruments eg Violin, Cello, Cumbus etc and also Arabic Buzuq are welcome in the Oud beginners class).

Arabic Oud intermediate level. (You need to have your own Oud to join this class.)

Arabic Oud Master Classes for advanced players can be arranged. Please book in advance.

Rabab (Egyptian spike fiddle) classes can be arranged. Please book in advance.


Maren Lueg: Arabic & Turkish Ney Flute, Saxophone, Mizmar and Zurna.

Maren started her musical education from an early age in Germany. Initially trained in western music, she focused her studies on jazz and Middle Eastern music. Maren past her Masters in Near and Middle Eastern Music Performance in 2010 with Merit at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Over the last 7 years Maren has studied Turkish and Arabic Ney flute with in Turkey and Egypt.
She performs regularly with western and Middle Eastern Music Ensembles national and internationally and teaches Ney Flute and Middle Eastern Music across the UK.

For more info about Maren: www.arabicmusicband.com/about-maren


Juliana Brustik – Egyptian Classics from the 1940s-50s – Dance Workshop.

Juliana is one of the leading teachers and performers in the UK of Raqs Sharqi, the classical and folkloric dance styles of Egypt. She has a well-established teaching practice in London and holds regular workshops and residentials in the UK and abroad.

For more info about Juliana: www.julianabrustik-dance.com


teaches and performances Middle Eastern Dance across the UK and internationally. American-born dancer has proved not only to be an entertaining dancer but popular instructor. She has taught and performed at many Bellydance festivals in the UK including Glastonbury International Dance Festival, Majma, JOY, Bellydance Congress, Brighton Orient, Celebrating Dance, Bellydance Mania and Raqs Britannia. Raheesha is the director of MAJMA Dance Festival.
For more info about Raheesha: www.raheesha.co.uk


Jane Wass has been dancing Raqs Sharqi for 18 years, and teaches across the North of England. She has performed in shows in London, Manchester, York and Helsinki, often with The Baladi Blues Band, and in March she and her performance group participated in a dance festival in Marbella, Spain. Her own style of dance, rooted in the pre-cabaret folk styles of Egypt, is also flavoured by her love of Flamenco and African dance. www.mazazik.co.uk.

1) Taqasim - Improvisation for Dancers to Nay and Saxophone performed by Maren Lueg.

2) Egyptian Ghawazee – Dance Workshop.


Carmen Jones:

Carmen found her true passion in life, Arabic dance, in the early 1990s. She now travels nationally teaching and performing with the bands MAZAJ and the ARABIC BALKAN GYPSY BAND.
For more information about Carmen: www.raqsarabia.co.uk


Michelle Pender

Michelle Pender is a popular teacher and performer with over 16 years experience under her belt, in Egyptian/North African Roots Belly Dance and Tribal Fusion.
Michelle Pender (Whirling Dervish Bazaar): www.whirling-dervish.co.uk

Workshop: Sagat for the scared. A session of combined sagat patterns and dance steps to help you move and play with ease. Suitable for all levels and works for Egyptian or tribal belly dance.


More workshops and artist to be announced soon.

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FIRST BIRD TICKETS deadline the 1st of March 2012.

Please click on the link below to download the festival price list:
Please click on the link below to download the 2012 festival booking form.

For bookings and more info contact Maren:
Phone: 07727604212 marenlueg@yahoo.co.uk
Facebook: Maren Lueg

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Middle Eastern Dance Workshops to Live Music:

Percussion Workshops by Chas Whitaker:

Egyptian Classics from the heart of Cairo workshop by Maren Lueg and special guests to be announced soon:

Live Music and Dance Performances.

Arabic and Turkish Ney flute Workshops taught by Maren Lueg and a special guest teacher to be announced soon.

Local Transport to and from the Camerton Community Hall:

179 Bus. Departs from the main Bath Bus Station, next to Bath Train Station ask the bus driver to drop you off at Camerton Hall, Meadgate at the Weekesley Ln Junction to Hook Hill Rd. If you miss the drop off point you can get off at the bus station in Timsbury and walk back to the Camerton Community Hall which is at the Junction of Weekesley Ln – Hook Hill Rd. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the bus station in Timsbury to the Camerton Community Hall.

The 179 Bus Route Timetable

Driving Directions

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Start address: Bath, Avon UK
End address: Weekesley Ln/B3115

Directions from Bath:
You have to take the A367 from Bath, direction to Wells and Radstock. Turn right on the B3115 after about 1.3 miles after the last roundabout in Bath at the park and ride on the outskirts of Bath. Continue driving for 3 miles on the B3115. Don’t turn left on Camerton Rd at the sign Camerton Church or Camerton 1,4 miles. Continue direction to the Recreation Centre and Timsbury, for about a hundred yards until you come to a place where the B3115 has a sharp turn to the right to Timsbury and left to Radford and Paulton on Weekesley Lane.
Camerton Hall is on the left when the Road forks of there is a big gate on the right of the hall you need to turn left at the fork on Weekesley Lane for a few yards to get to the gate.
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Local Shops and Pub (10-15 minutes walk from the Camerton Community Hall)

There is a Co-op and a McColl’s Shop and an Off license on North Rd at the corner of Landsdown View in Timsbury.

Seven Star Pub (Meals available)
North Road
Timsbury, Bath, Avon BA2 0JJ
01761 470 398
Seven Star Website

For accommodation and Local Services:

Timsbury Community Website

Taxi Services:
Call Richard -Ansomcabs Taxis/Minibuses‎ Phone 01761 413 421 ‎ – 0800 955 7161 ‎ (Mobile) 07969556174
Willow Taxis & Mini Buses‎ 01761 435 366

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