london fiddle school Practical Fiddle Classes in Traditional Fiddle with Pete Cooper Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road
London NW1 7AY
9 Sept - 16 Dec Two 14-week courses for Autumn 2015
1. Fiddle Music of Britain and Ireland etc Basic-plus Level (Grade 2 or equivalent)
A 14-week course, Wednesday evenings 6.30-7.45pm 9 September - 16 December
(half-term break 28 October)
Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group. We learn traditional jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes etc from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales - and play them by heart!
'Basic level' means you can hold the fiddle and bow, play some simple pieces in first position, maybe know a few scales and arpeggios. Previous 'folk' experience is not required, but complete newcomers to violin will be out of their depth. Pete teaches a new tune each week by ear, focusing on good rhythm, bowing and intonation. Written music is emailed to participants. Just turn up on the first night to enrol or, to reserve a place in advance, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 us, you can sign up and pay for the course the next week.
Cost: £125.00 (concessions £87.00)
2. American Old Time Fiddle Intermediate Level
A 14-week course, Wednesday evenings 8.00-9.30pm 9 September - 16 December
(half-term break 28 October)
A friendly class for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players, exploring the traditional fiddle (and 5-string banjo) music of the Southern Appalachian mountains, which has its roots in Britain, Ireland and West Africa. Pete teaches by ear. 'With regard to bowing,' he writes in 'American Old Time Fiddle Tunes' (Schott ED 13236), 'it is probably as far removed from classical violin as you can get without falling off the edge of the known universe.' Written music is emailed to participants, but in the class we play by heart.
Just turn up on the first night to enrol or, to reserve a place in advance, email email@example.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 us, you can sign up and pay for the course the next week.
Cost: £148.00 (concessions £105.00)
Pete's teaching 'seems to somehow highspeed and hardwire the music into the brain' (Sheila Hill, The Guardian).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 5 - Sunday 6 September Pete Cooper Fiddle Workshops Wallingford Bunkfest
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
Saturday 24-Sunday 25 October
Pete will be among the tutors at this year’s Strings at Witney
Henry Box School,