The North East Fiddle School offers weekly classes on Fiddle Technique and Style on a Wednesday evening at the Westfield School in Gosforth. Our excellent team of tutors teach classes based on fiddle technique and style, for different ability levels. Over the course of each evening all ability groups will be taught by two different tutors, which alternate each half-term, thus allowing for a range of teaching styles and repertoire.
The evenings run on Wednesdays from 6.30 – 9.15 pm and aim to provide an encouraging and stimulating environment for those wishing to improve their fiddle playing and musicianship. Students should be aged 16 or over and details of our full class offerings are available on the Classes page. Please use the contact form to get in touch and for booking details.
Our next block of 5 weeks begins on Wednesday 22nd April 2020. Bookings will be open for new students soon, so please get in touch via the web form to reserve your place. New Absolute Beginners class (6.30 – 7.45 pm) and Level 1 (8.00 – 9.15 pm) will be running – limited places.
April 22 - May 20
- March 8, 2020
- August 3, 2019
- May 13, 2019
4 days ago
Hello Fiddle Schoolers! Welcome to the world of Virtual NEFS! Stewart is on the big screen (or any device you have!) and is ready to lead the Level 3 Technical class! Check your email for links to the new Resources.
#stayhomeplayyourfiddle ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Hello everyone - we are sorry to say that we are cancelling our classes this week and next, which ends the current block. We made this decision following the government advice given last night, and the school has since cancelled external lettings too. Everyone currently enrolled has been sent an email regarding refunds, and thank you for the supportive replies so far.
We are looking forward to supporting your fiddle playing with more online resources: pdfs of worksheets, audio recordings and perhaps even some videos and live Q&A sessions! I'll send further updates soon. Plus we are making 'virtual course' plans for the next block after Easter. Happy fiddle playing 🎻 ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Just to get you in the mood before we start back at NEFS next Wednesday, here is a cracking playlist from Wil Walker's radio show on ExileFM
Level 2 learned Ballydesmond No. 2 last block - check out the amazing Julia Clifford playing Ballydesmond for a real flavour of the style. And for this block's English polkas you can't get better than the fabulous PolkaWorks! Definitely required listening - and they also play Harlequin Air which is one of your new tunes!
And a treat for all - our very own Stewart Hardy Music as one quarter of the glorious Bottle Bank Band playing their Blaydon Reels set. And there's so much more - enjoy! 😄Mashing up the trad for another week - this week’s podcast, ready to stream or download via the Media tab at exilefm.com, for one week from 18/2/20:
1. PolkaWorks - Astley's Ride/Trip to Stowmarket
2. Lisa O'Neill - Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff
3. Fidil - The Fantastic Reel Mhúineál a Bhardáil, The Merry Sisters (Reels)
4. Julia Clifford - Ballydesmond/Knocknabowl - Kerry Polkas
5. Bottle Bank Band - Blaydon Reels
6. Alan Fitzimmons & Peter Wood - London's Ordinary
7. Jack Rutter - The Lancashire Liar
8. Shelagh McDonald - Dowie Dens of Yarrow
9. Brona McVittie - Eileen Aroon
10. Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente - Uamh An Oir
11. Patterson Jordan Dipper - Adam the Poacher
12. Kathryn Tickell - Bill Charlton’s Fancy
13. Jiggy - Music for a Found Harmonium ... See MoreSee Less