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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 Autumn 2014

1. Fiddle Music of Britain and Ireland etc

Basic-plus Level (Grade 2 or equivalent - see below)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm
10 September - 10 December (you are still welcome to attend)
(half-term break 29 October)

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: £112.00 (concessions £80.00)


2.
Scandinavian & Eastern European Fiddle
Intermediate Level
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
10 September - 10 December (you are still welcome to attend)
(half-term break 29 October)

A friendly class for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players, exploring the repertoire and styles of these two regions, both immensely rich in musical traditions. Pete teaches by ear. 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 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: £135.00 (concessions £95.00)

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

 

Sunday 14th December
You are warmly invited to the
london fiddle school's
Winter Fiddle Party
Doors 7.00pm
music 7.30pm - 10.30pm.
The party is a big candle-lit session for all Pete's fiddle and mandolin students, group and individual classes, past and present, interspersed with open mic spots. If you'd like to play one (5 minutes) please let Pete know in advance.

All welcome! Bring food, drinks, fiddles, friends, other instruments!
The bar will be open.
Recommended donation (for hall hire and P.A.) £5.00/ £10.00


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

Two 11-week courses for Spring 2015

1. Fiddle Music of Britain and Ireland etc
Basic-plus Level (Grade 2 or equivalent)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm
7 January – 25 March
(half-term break 18 February)

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. (Sorry, beginners! Pete does teach fiddle playing from scratch, but only one on one – 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 major 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: £100.00 (concessions £70.00)

2. Irish Traditional Fiddle
Intermediate/ Adv. Level
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
7 January – 25 March
(half-term break 18 February)

A friendly class for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players. We'll  learn reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas and airs, studying traditional bowing and ornamentation etc. in the process, and building useful 'session' repertoire. Pete teaches by ear. Written music is emailed, 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 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: £120.00 (concessions £85.00)


10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 25 January
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

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 February
Pete Cooper
Folk Fiddling by Ear
Benslow Music
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
benslowmusic.org

Saturday 7 March
Irish Fiddle Workshops
Pete Cooper, Diane Buckle and Kitty Greenwood,
Craven Arms
Shropshire
Details TBA

Sunday 8 March
Band Workshop
Newtown
Powys
Details TBA

 

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
(half-term break 27 May)

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)

 

2. Fiddles in Performance
Intermediate/ Adv. Level
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm
15 April – 15 July
(half-term break 27 May)

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 £97.50)

 

Saturday 18 July
Rattle on the Stovepipe
Day of workshops + concert
Lewes
E. Sussex
Details TBA
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 Workshops
Wallingford Bunkfest
Oxfordshire
Details TBA
www.bunkfest.co.uk

Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 September
Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton
Lipa Musica festival
Czech Republic
Details TBA

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

 

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, £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.

 


Pete Cooper with a young student, Billy Hill



Billy Hill with Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper


 

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