North East Fiddle School
The North East Fiddle School strives to provide the very highest quality of fiddle tuition. A safe and nurturing learning environment encourages participants to improve both as fiddle players and musicians, increasing their stylistic awareness and appreciation of a strong fiddle tradition. Technique, style, musicianship and ensemble are covered through progressive, weekly classes.
We work with extremely talented tutors, who are committed to the highest standards of fiddle tuition and professionalism and who seek to develop their own skills and practice. This allows us to celebrate the full fiddle tradition of the North East of England through teaching its repertoire and tunes. By offering tuition in other regional styles we will raise awareness of the differences between, and commonality within fiddle traditions. We aim to continue to develop the local fiddle tradition by embracing all aspects of fiddle playing and through the encouraging of the creation of new works. This will be showcased through concerts and community events, and enhanced through links with other regional musical centres.
Directors: Stewart Hardy & Ali Say
Administrator: Ali Say
Current Weekly Tutors: Stewart Hardy, Melissa Whitehead & Ali Say
Guest Tutor: Sophy Ball
Previous Tutors: Grace Smith & Jim Boyle
We are delighted to be able to use rooms at Westfield School in Gosforth, Newcastle. We meet in the Senior House and car parking access is available from the Elmfield Road entrance.
April 22 - May 20
- March 30, 2020
- March 8, 2020
- August 3, 2019
6 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.
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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