So that was 2020! The year that NEFS embraced online learning through video tutorials and live Zoom calls. We can’t thank you enough for your support, especially through the trickier times as we migrated rather suddenly at the start of lockdown back in March, and navigated the steep learning curves of video and audio editing, online bookings, more reliance on the website, and not least of all, Zoom!

One upside was that we have been able to welcome new participants from further afield, and also those who couldn’t make Wednesday evenings – with recordings of the Zoom calls available you can access all of the materials at any time of the day or night! Sadly, not all of our regulars have been able to join in online, so we hope it won’t be too long before we can meet again in person.

In the meantime, we have planned 2021 Block 1 Online and bookings are now open. We have decided to reduce the quantity of material slightly (but not the quality!), so that there will be two new tunes for each of Level 2 and 3, one aimed at the entry standard to that level, so well within your comfort zone, and one a little more challenging. Focusing on two tunes for 5 weeks will allow for some more in-depth study, and less anxiety about ‘keeping up’. All participants will have access to both Levels’ tunes, so if you are looking for more of a challenge there will be enough to keep you occupied. There are also the Live Teaching tunes, which will be taught on Zoom calls to add to your ‘playable from memory’ repertoire.

We hope you will join us again – and we always welcome new participants! So, if your New Year’s resolution is to improve your fiddle playing in a friendly and supportive community of adult learners, this could be just for you! You can read more details about the block on the Classes page, and online bookings are open now.