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Workshops

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
18 April - 18 July 2018 (no class 30 May)

Playing fiddle/ violin is a physically demanding activity, 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 help develop the free movement and subtle strength required 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.  Irish Traditional Fiddle
Playing level: Intermediate/advanced
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
18 April - 18 July 2018 (no class 30 May)

For intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players. Join this friendly class and explore the rich tradition of Irish fiddle playing. We’ll learn reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas and airs, studying bowing and ornamentation etc. in the process. Written music will be 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: £125.00 (concessions £85.00).
Pay by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash. 


Friday 8 - Sunday 10 June
Folk Fiddling by Ear
Pete Cooper
Benslow Music
Hitchin,Herts
website

Sunday 29 July - Friday 3 Augus
Pete Cooper will be teaching/ performing at
Harald Haugaard's International Summer School
Breklum,
Schleswig-Holstein,
Germany
website



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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