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NEFS Online Classes!

Our next block of classes (2020 Block 5) begins on Weds 16th Sept. All of the information and booking details are available on the Classes Page

In this 5-week block, Level 2 will be learning some ‘snappy tunes’ celebrating the influence traditions from north of the border have had on the rhythms and repertoire of Northumbrian music. Level 3 will be looking at fantastic melodies from three of the regions finest tunesmiths – Alistair Anderson, Chris Ormston and Julian Sutton. None of these are fiddle players, but are wonderful pipers and box players, and we will explore how these great tunes can be seized by the fiddle. More details…

Online fiddle tuition in the comfort of your own home! North East Fiddle School has moved online during the COVID-19 lockdown, bringing the same excellent standards of fiddle teaching into your home – wherever you are. Worksheets, audio files and in-depth video tutorials will take you through exercises to develop your fiddle playing and teach you tunes with bowing, ornamentation and style. You progress through the materials at your own pace, and you can repeat any section as often as you wish. There will be 3 tunes taught for each of two ability Levels by our wonderful tutors, Stewart Hardy and Melissa Whitehead.

Live Fiddle Practice sessions for all will take place weekly on Zoom, and a group social gathering at the end of the block will be included. These are an optional extra – if you aren’t able to join Zoom (or prefer not to) this won’t impact your progress through the course, and the sessions are recorded for you to play back later.

We are also adding an optional Live Teaching element to this block which will focus on teaching Core Repertoire using fundamental fiddle techniques, and will be accessible to both Level 2 and 3 players. This will be taught on Zoom and will be available as a replay on YouTube.

The cost for 5 weeks of in-depth video tutorials presented weekly, full worksheets and audio files and live Fiddle Practice Calls (or access to the Recordings) is £47. Add the Live Teaching element with 45 minutes of repertoire building each week for just £12. Follow the links for further details and the Online Booking Form, or get in touch with Ali for any queries.


Access to previous materials

As all our Resources are online, including worksheets, audio files, video tutorials and recordings of our live Fiddle Practice Calls, you can still sign up for previous courses. Materials for the following blocks are available:

The cost for the Resources from previous classes is £47 for each block. This includes in-depth video tutorials for 3 tunes for Level 2 and 3 tunes for Level 3 (see the Ability Level Guide) with full supporting materials and recordings of five Fiddle Practice Calls.

Virtual Summer School

Thank you so much!

Thank you to those who joined us for the weekend! We hope that you enjoyed the workshops and videos, chat events, session and concert as much as we did!

If you are interested in hearing more about NEFS, our next block of classes and any future events, you can sign up to our Mailing List.
[N.B. If you have previously registered for an NEFS Block you are already on the Mailing List!]



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.