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Welcome to this December 2018 Update

As many of you know, I’m taking a break from teaching fiddle from the end of this term until September 2019. I am not leaving town, or retiring, just pausing to take stock and work on a couple of other projects for a while. 

My friendly London Fiddle School group classes will continue at Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday evenings. Laurel Swift - a great musician and a gifted teacher - has kindly agreed to take my place for the spring term, 16 January - 27 March, and another mighty fiddler Tom Moore for the summer, 1 May - 10 July. I’ll be back on 18 September.

For details of Laurel’s courses, see Workshops

My farewell do? Well, London Fiddle School’s annual Winter Fiddle Party is taking place, earlier this year than usual, on Friday 7 December, in Trefusis Hall, Cecil Sharp House. More information is in Gigs

Also see Gigs for upcoming performances.

See Workshops for details of the London Fiddle School classes this spring.

See News for new Rattle on the Stovepipe videos, Shirley Collins in Belfast, Dublin, Copenhagen and Brum, Pete's plans for a teaching sabbatical in 2019… an update on the new Shirley Collins album and my 'Gap Year' will appear soon!

See Musings for The Busker's Tale, part 1 - extracts from Pete's 1970s diaries

Click on Biog for my story so far

Shop: Check out free audio samples, download music pages, read reviews of my current CDs and book/CDs. You'll also find short biographies of 'English Fiddlers' here and interesting background notes on all the pieces in 'English Fiddle Tunes' and 'Eastern European Fiddle Tunes' 

Projects features news and background on Cooper and Bolton and Rattle On The Stovepipe, as well as tuition videos, 'The Bow Hold' (112,000-plus hits to date on YouTube!), 'Holding the Fiddle' and 'First Bow Strokes'. 

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