Ney Course

Jan Henrickse

Course Dates: Saturdays, 18th April – 13th June*

Times:11 am – 1:30 pm for Beginners, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm for Intermediates

*There will be no classes on 2nd May

This 8-week course will give you a brief introduction to the Ney instrument. The Ney consists of a hollow cylinder with finger-holes along it. Neys vary in sizes, each with a different name. The most common size to start with is the Kiz Ney, which the participants and the teacher will be playing during the group lessons. The Kiz Ney is not only common to start with but is also one of the most popular sizes for professionals too. Many soloists perform with the Kiz Ney and it is also widely used in ensembles.

Course Features

  • Max Students15
  • Duration8 week
  • Skill levelall
  • LanguageEnglish


Jan Henrickse
Jan Henrickse

Jan Hendrickse is an performer and composer. He studied flute at the Royal College of Music, holds an MA in sound art from University of the Arts London (LCC) and is currently completing a PhD in composition. He has been teaching at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1991 and is a visiting lecturer at a number of other Higher education institutions including Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He has studied Turkish Ney with Kudsi Erguner, Ömer Erdogdular and Murat Ferhat Yegül.

His own work often crosses boundaries of social practice, performance, installation and composition and has been commissioned by Töne festival, Deptford-X, Soundwaves, CHROMA ensemble. He has developed projects for the Barbican Centre, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Proms, amongst others, as well as leading education and performance projects in Tanzania, Gambia, Thailand, Gaza and the West Bank.

As a performer, he has appeared with a wide range of artists and ensembles including Howard Shore, Ornette Coleman, Nitin Sawhney, David Toop, Mark Fell, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Ulster Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. As a traditional woodwind specialist he is in demand for film soundtrack recordings, and features as a soloist on The Lord of the Rings, The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, Troy, Two Brothers, Beloved, The Cell, Chocolat, The Truth about Charlie, Four Feathers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amongst many others.

Jan has been the presenter of the BBC Internet broadcast journeyThe musical Nomad which researched music and culture in Central Asia in the post-soviet period. His research into collaborative practice Trans-cultural Arts Practice is published in The Reflective Conservatoire (Ashgate/GSMD) and he has been a research associate at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he teaches MMus students. His research interests include freely improvised music, site-specific and socially-engaged practices.

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