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london fiddle school
Practical Fiddle Classes in Traditional Fiddle with Pete Cooper
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road
London NW1 7AY

Two 10-week courses for Summer 2014

1. Fiddle Music of Britain and Ireland etc

Basic-plus Level (Grade 2 or equivalent - see below)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm
30 April - 16 July
(no classes on 4 June or 25 June)

Learn traditional jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes etc. from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and elsewhere - and play them by heart! Pete teaches a new tune each week by ear, focusing on good rhythm, bowing and intonation. The course is for less experienced players, though NOT for complete beginners. (Sorry, beginners! Pete is happy to teach fiddle from scratch, but only in individual lessons.) You should already be able to play simple tunes, be fluent in the scales and arpeggios of A, D and G and know the names of the notes in first position. Written music is emailed to participants, but not used in class. Just turn up on the first night to enrol or, to reserve a place in advance, email pete@petecooper.com or call him on 020 8340 7760.

If you're new to Pete's classes, come for a free session to see what it's like - bring your instrument. If you decide to join, sign up and pay for the course the next week.
Cost: £87.50 (concessions £62.50)


2. Fiddle
s in Performance
Intermediate Level
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
30 April - 16 July
(no classes on 4 June or 25 June)

In this friendly class – for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players – we’ll learn a new tune each week (from various folk traditions) with a view to performances at Islington Folk Club on 19 June and Cecil Sharp House on 5 July. The tunes, as well as chords, rhythm and harmony parts, will be learned by ear, with written music emailed to participants. Just turn up on the first night to enrol or, to reserve a place in advance, email pete@petecooper.com or call him on 020 8340 7760.

If you're new to Pete's classes, come for a free session to see what it's like - bring your instrument. If you decide to join, sign up and pay for the course the next week.
Cost: £105.00 (concessions £75.00)

Pete’s teaching, ‘seems to somehow highspeed and hardwire the music into the brain’ (Sheila Hill, The Guardian).

Individual Lessons
Pete teaches fiddle (and mandolin) on weekdays and weekday evenings at 3 Astra House, 53 Mount Pleasant Villas, Stroud Green, London N4 4HB. Total beginners and near beginners welcome, as are basic level, intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced players, including children (generally aged nine or above).
Cost: £48.00 per one-hour lesson, £24.00 per half-hour.
You may wish to bring along a recording device; Pete also has written music available. Inquiries, please email pete@petecooper.com or call him: landline 020 8340 7760 or mobile 07960 329527

Getting to Astra House
You can bring your bicycle into the hallway. There's free street parking for cars, except noon to 2.00pm when you can park round the back.
Public Transport: Take the Wells Terrace exit from Finsbury Park overground/ London Underground (Victoria & Piccadilly lines) station. It's a brisk fifteen minute walk to Astra House, or take the W3 or W7 bus. Get off the W3 at Ossian Road stop, walk down Ossian Road to the T-junction at the end and turn right up the hill. Or get off the W7 before the top of Crouch Hill, turn right along Mountview Road, then first right down Mount Pleasant Villas. From Crouch Hill overground rail station walk up Crouch Hill, turn right on Blythwood Road and left up Mount Pleasant Villas. Lost? Pete doesn't pick the phone while teaching, but try calling him anyway on 020 8340 7760, or text 07960 329527.


10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 27 April
South London Fiddle Workshop
(Intermediate Level)
with Pete Cooper
13 St Faith's Road
SE21 8JD
For details please contact: hilarywaterfield@gmail.com
tel 07891 561683


Monday 2 - Thursday 5 June

Pete Cooper
Folk Fiddling By Ear
Benslow Music
Hitchin
Herts.
benslowmusic.org

Monday 23 - Friday 27 June
Kevin Dempsey and Pete Cooper
Fiddle and Guitar Week
Creative Vacances
La Moreau
near La Rochelle
France
www.creativevacances.com

Friday 4 - Sunday 6 July
Fiddle Festival of Britain
Manor Farm
Somerton Road
Ardley
Oxfordshire
OX27 7NS
www.fiddlefest.co.uk

Sunday 27 July - Saturday 2 August
Pete Cooper
Harald Haugaard's International Summer School
North Frisia, Germany
www.haugaardsfiddleschool.com

Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 August
Wallingford Bunkfest
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 9YN
Details TBA
www.festivalsforall.com

11.00am-5.00pm
Sunday 21 September
Traditional Music Making
Dursley Town Hall
Dursley
Gloucestershire
GL11 4ES
Information: 01453 519243
07766 447804
www.traditionalmusicmaking.org.uk

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 October
Pete Cooper
Fiddle Music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Benslow Music
Hitchin,
Hertfordshire
benslowmusic.org

 

 


Pete Cooper with a young student, Billy Hill



Billy Hill with Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper


 

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