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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 13-week courses for Summer 2015

1. Fiddle Music of Britain and Ireland etc

Basic-plus Level (Grade 2 or equivalent)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm
15 April – 15 July
(No class on 27 May - half term)

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 rhythm, bowing and intonation. The course is for less experienced players, but NOT for complete beginners. (Pete teaches beginners one on one – please see website or contact him for details.) You should already be able to play a few simple tunes, be fluent in the scales and arpeggios of A, D and G and maybe know the letter names of the notes in first position. Written music is emailed, 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 020 8340 7760.

If you're new to Pete's classes, enjoy a free session to see what it's like - bring your instrument. If you decide to join, sign up and pay the next week.
Cost: £120.00 (concessions £80.00)
(by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash)

 

2. Fiddles in Performance
Intermediate/ Adv. Level
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
15 April – 15 July
(No class on 27 May - half term)

A friendly class for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players. We'll work towards group performances near the end of term, learning a new tune each week by ear (from various folk traditions), as well as revisiting favourite tunes from other recent classes - Scandinavian, Eastern European and Irish. We'll also study chords and develop harmony and rhythm parts. Stagefright? We'll look at performance anxiety, too, and how to deal with it. Written music is emailed, but in class we play by heart. 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 the next week.
Cost: £140.00 (concessions £97.00)
(by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash)


Sunday 19 April
10.00am - 5.00pm
Pete Cooper

Mixed Instruments Workshop
Tulse Hill, South London
Cost £40.00
For more details or to book a place, contact
Hilary Waterfield 07891 561 683
hilarywaterfield@gmail.com

Sunday 3 - Saturday 9 May
Pete Cooper
Traditional Fiddle Workshop in South West France Sorry cancelled
Whether you are a violinist new to folk, a seasoned dance fiddler or just someone who can knock out a semi-recognisable tune on a good day, this is for you. Pete taught here at La Moreau in 2014 and was very impressed by the old farmhouse, the cottages, teaching studio, garden with swimming pool, amazing cuisine…

 

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: £50.00 per one-hour lesson, £37.50 per 45-minute lesson, £25.00 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.

 

Saturday 18 July
Rattle on the Stovepipe
Day of workshops + concert
Elephant & Castle
White Hill
Lewes
E. Sussex
BN7 2DJ
email: ValmaiGoodyear@aol.com
www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org

Saturday 25 July - 1 August
Pete Cooper will be teaching/ performing at
Harald Haugaard's International Summer School
Breklum
North Frisia
Germany
www.haugaardsfiddleschool.com

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September
Pete Cooper Fiddle Workshops
Wallingford Bunkfest
Oxfordshire
Details TBA
www.bunkfest.co.uk

9 Sept - 16 Dec
London Fiddle School
at Cecil Sharp House
Autumn Term
Basic-Plus and Intermediate level course details to be announced
(1/2 term break 28 Oct)

Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 September
Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton
Lipa Musica
Ceská Lípa
Czech Republic
website
Pete and Richard's first visit to teach and perform
at this international music festival.


Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October
Pete Cooper
Fiddle Music of Ireland, Scotland & Wales
Benslow Music
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
benslowmusic.org


Saturday 24-Sunday 25 October
Pete will be among the tutors at this year’s
Strings at Witney
Henry Box School,
Witney Oxon
Details: website

 


Pete Cooper with a young student, Billy Hill



Billy Hill with Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper


 

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