London Fiddle School
Two 12-week courses for Spring 2017 Cecil Sharp House 2 Regent's Park Road
London NW1 7AY
1. British & Irish Fiddle Tunes Basic-plus Level (Grade 1 or equivalent)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm 11 January - 5th April
(no class 15 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. (Pete teaches beginners one on one – please see his website 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: £108.00 (concessions £75.00)
(by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash)
2. English Traditional Fiddle Intermediate/ Adv. Level
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm 11 January - 5th April
(no class 15 February)
A friendly class for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players, exploring English fiddle music. As well as the Northumbrian and Cotswolds Morris traditions, unbroken since the late 1700s, fiddlers' tune-books from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries reveal the richness of English fiddle music in its heyday - archaic 3/2 hornpipes, and the 6/8 jigs, 9/8 jigs, hornpipes and reels of the country dance tradition. Pete teaches by ear. 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 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, sign up and pay the next week.
Cost: £130.00 (concessions £90.00)
(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
Sunday 26 February 25th annual
London Fiddle Convention Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
London NW1 7AY
Workshops 12.45 - 1.45, 2.00pm – 3.00pm and 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Tutors' Concert 3.15pm – 4.15pm, open to all workshop participants. website
19-21 May Pete Cooper Folk Fiddling by Ear Benslow Music
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, e.g., your phone; 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: 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. 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. [Note: Crouch Hill overground rail station CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR MAJOR WORKS.] Lost? Pete doesn't pick the phone while teaching, but try calling him anyway on 020 8340 7760, or text 07960 329527.