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See below for London Fiddle School Autumn courses from 12 September

Sunday 29 July - Friday 3 Augus
Pete Cooper will be teaching/ performing at
Harald Haugaard's International Summer School
Breklum,
Schleswig-Holstein,
Germany
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18-24 August
Whitby Folk Week
Pete will be teaching fiddle, as well as performing with Rattle on the Stovepipe.
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7-9 September
Sweet Sunny South
American Old Time Music festival
Ashington
West Sussex
Pete will be teaching fiddle, as well as performing with Rattle on the Stovepipe.
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London Fiddle School
Two Summer courses:
Wednesday evenings at
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
London NW1 7AY

1. Playing Fiddle: the Inside Story
Playing level: Basic-plus (i.e. not total beginners) & upwards
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm
12 September - 12 December 2018 (no class 24 Oct)

Playing level: Basic-plus, i.e. for less experienced players, but NOT for complete beginners. You should be able to play simple tunes, the scales and arpeggios of A, D and G and maybe know the letter names of the notes.

Playing fiddle is physically demanding, involving not only the arms, hands and fingers (to an outside observer, the moving parts), but the whole body, especially the shoulders and back. We'll learn fiddle tunes by ear (from British, Irish and other traditions), and use gentle, yoga-based exercises to develop the free movement and subtle strength needed for tuneful, rhythmic playing. Written music will be emailed, but not used in class. 

For reasons of space, enrolment will be limited to eighteen places (on a first-come-first-served basis). To reserve one in advance, please 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, just sign up. 

Cost: £125.00 (concessions £85.00).
Pay by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash. 

 

2.  European Fiddle Traditions
Playing level: Intermediate/new to folk/advanced
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
12 September - 12 December 2018 (no class 24 Oct)

Join this friendly class and explore gorgeous fiddle music from central and eastern Europe and the Scandinavian countries, learning by ear. Pete teaches bowing, ornamentation and other aspects of style as part and parcel of the tunes. Written music is emailed to participants, but in the class we aim to 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, enjoy a free session to see what it's like - bring your instrument. If you decide to join, just sign up.

Cost: £142.00 (concessions £99.00).
Pay by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash. 

Pete's teaching 'seems to somehow highspeed and hardwire the music into the brain' - Sheila Hill, The Guardian

 

Friday 28-Sunday 30 September
Pete Cooper
Fiddle Music of Scotland and Ireland
Benslow Music
Hitchin, Herts
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7.30pm, Friday 7 December
London Fiddle School's Winter Fiddle Party
Trefusis Hall, Cecil Sharp House, 
2 Regents Park Road
London NW1 7AY. 
It's a big fiddle tunes session for all my fiddle and mandolin students, past and present - everybody welcome, whether to play or listen - interspersed with open mic spots.
Bring fiddles, friends, other instruments! The bar will be open. 
Recommended donation £10/ £5.00. 


Individual Lessons
Pete teaches at 3 Astra House, 53 Mount Pleasant Villas, Stroud Green, London N4 4HB, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, daytime and evening. He welcomes keen, well motivated students of whatever skill level, from total beginners and basic level improvers to intermediate, advanced, new-to-folk and experienced fiddlers, including (accompanied) children, generally aged nine or above. He is also happy to work with musicians, actors and other media professionals. You may wish to bring along a recording device, e.g., your phone; written music available.
Cost: £54.00 per one-hour lesson, £40.00 per 45-minute lesson, £27.00 per half-hour, payable by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash. Please email pete(at)petecooper.com, or phone 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: Walk left out of Finsbury Park overground/ London Underground (Victoria & Piccadilly lines) station, then left again under the railway bridge, and you’ll see the W3 and W7 bus stands on your left. From there it’s a twenty minute walk to Astra House, or take the W3 or W7. 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. 
Lost? Pete doesn't pick the phone while teaching, but try calling him anyway on 020 8340 7760, or text 07960 329527.

 

 


Pete Cooper with a young student, Billy Hill



Billy Hill with Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper


 

 

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