News

New Classes for Autumn 2018

We are very excited to announce that there are new classes available for this half-term which begins on Wednesday 26th September. We are introducing an extra level as a foundation for our classes – this will now be known as Level 1, and all current Level 1 and 2 students will be ‘promoted’ to Levels 2 and 3. This should allow everyone to find a class in which they feel comfortable and yet sufficiently challenged! Don’t worry though if you’re not sure where you fit – more details are available on the Classes page, and the levels are set in stone, so you can find which is best for you.

This has been made possible by the fantastic news that we have two new tutors with us this term – Melissa Whitehead and
Jim Boyle are joining the team, and we are very much looking forward to hearing the repertoire they will bring, and experiencing their own unique teaching styles. You can read a little about them on the updated Meet The Team page.

We also have a brand new Absolute Beginners class, which has been made possible by some very generous funding. This means we can offer this class to the community at the bargain rate of £3 per class. We will run it as a drop-in, so if you realise it’s not for you then you can just drop out again – but you’ve nothing to lose by giving it a go (well, very little)!


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2018

On the weekend of 13th – 15th July this year it was the annual Rothbury Traditional Music Festival. This is a wonderful weekend and is something that our directors, Stewart & Ali, love to support. This year, as in the past few years, getting a group from the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance to enter the Ceilidh Band competition has been key in encouraging lots of people to attend and supoprt the traditional competitions.

This year there was a clean sweep for TFA members in all of the Fiddle Competitions, including Ali’s Open win, and an enjoyable duet set from Stewart & Ali. TFA themselves were the deserving Open Ceilidh Band winners and it was fantastic to see the number of people happy to get up and take part. Well done to all!

Rothbury, like many voluntarily run organisations, are struggling with the workload to keep a festival such as this running following recent retirements. They are keen to recruit some new members to the committee, without which Rothbury may not be able to go ahead next year. If you can help out in anyway, please get in touch with them.

 

 


Thank you and Farewell to Grace

We are sorry to say that Grace is moving away from the area this summer and will no longer be available to teach at North East Fiddle School. Grace has been a key part in the success of NEFS to date, right from the early planning meetings. She has provided some great tunes and excellent tuition, and has been a complete joy to work with.

Grace – thank you, and good luck with all your future endeavours. We hope you will pop up and see us again very soon!

If you’d like to keep in touch with Grace and follow her future projects, you can like her Facebook page @Grace Smith Music.

We will soon be opening bookings for our next term which will begin on Weds 26th Sept. Check back soon for some new classes being offered and details of our new tutoring team. If you are interested in improving your fiddle technique, expanding your repertoire and enhancing your musicianship this is the place for you! We are a very friendly bunch, with excellent tutors and we have a lot fun!


June/July Bookings open

We are now taking bookings for the Late Summer Half-Term which runs from Weds 6th June until Weds 4th July. Both Stewart and Grace will be continuing to teach both levels and are planning the repertoire that will be covered in the classes.

There are spaces left in both ability levels at the moment, so do get in touch to reserve your place. The cost for the classes is £80 for five weeks of two classes per evening, or £45 for one class per evening (either Technique or Style).

 

Course Summary:

Five week course (Weds 6th June – Weds 4th July 2018)
Class 1 – Technique:  18:30 – 19:45
Class 2 – Style:  20:00 – 21:15
Both classes are available at two ability levels (Level 1: beginner/intermediate;  Level 2: intermediate/advanced)
£80 for both classes each week, for five weeks
£45 for one class per week (Technique or Style)

Please email or use the contact form to reserve your place. Payment is required to confirm your place.


New half-term: April 2018

We are now taking bookings for the Early Summer Half-Term which runs from Weds 25th April. There will be five weeks of tuition leading up to the half-term break following the Spring Bank Holiday on 28th May, so no classes on Weds 30th May.

We are delighted to say that Stewart and Grace will both be continuing to teach at North East Fiddle School and are planning the repertoire that will be covered in the classes. Level 1 students will be taking a lyrical approach to the Irish repertoire, whilst in Level 2 classes we will be looking into the Wonderful World of Hornpipes in all their various forms.

There are limited spaces left in both ability levels at the moment, so do get in touch to reserve your place. The cost for the classes is £80 for five weeks of two classes per evening, or £45 for one class per evening (either Technique or Style).

 

Course Summary:

Five week course (25th Apr – 23rd May 2018)
Class 1 – Technque:  18:30 – 19:45
Class 2 – Style:  20:00 – 21:15
Both classes are available at two ability levels (Level 1: beginner/intermediate;  Level 2: intermediate/advanced)
£80 for both classes each week, for five weeks
£45 for one class per week (Technique or Style)

Please email or use the contact form to reserve your place. Payment is required to confirm your place.


Weds 28th Feb – Cancelled

We are very sorry but we have taken the decision to cancel tonight’s classes. The weather conditions are very severe, and travel is not recommended. The safest thing to do is cancel the classes. Keep warm and keep practising the fiddle! We will see you again next week.


Spring Half-Term Bookings

We are now taking bookings for the Spring Half-Term which runs from Weds 21st February. There will be five weeks of tuition, but as we can’t use the school on Weds 21st March, these classes will be held on Weds 28th March instead. We are hoping to organise a social event on Weds 21st March, which will be run on a drop-in basis, but won’t be included in the course.

Stewart and Grace have been delighted with the take-up of the places and the response of the students from the first half-term. We have taken on board everybody’s feedback and will be making slight changes to the format as we go forwards. There have been many requests for more time spent on exercises and less on learning new tunes and they are very happy to oblige! So the Technique and Style classes will use the same repertoire for this half-term, with the exercises and techniques taught in the first class being used to support the learning of the tune and the stylistic considerations of the second class.

There are limited spaces left in both ability levels at the moment, so do get in touch to reserve your place. The cost for the classes is £80 for five weeks of two classes per evening, or £45 for one class per evening (either Technique or Style).

 

Course Summary:

Five week course (21st Feb – 28th Mar 2018. No classes on Weds 21st Mar)
Class 1 – Technque:  18:30 – 19:45
Class 2 – Style:  20:00 – 21:15
Both classes are available at two ability levels (Level 1: beginner/intermediate;  Level 2: intermediate/advanced)
£80 for both classes each week, for five weeks
£45 for one class per week (Technique or Style)


Opening Evening

A huge thank you to everyone who registered for our first half-term and came along to make last night a very special evening as we launched the North East Fiddle School. We were a little nervous beforehand, but the enthusiasm from all 23 (yes, twenty three!) participants, and the fact that everyone found the venue and seemed quite excited, helped us through the evening. From Grace’s lovely rendition of Snowy Monday, to Stewart’s ranting (the dance step, I mean – he wasn’t in a bad mood!) it will be an evening that stays long in my memory!

Many thanks to all at Westfield School who have helped us with the venue, and to all our friends and colleagues who have been so supportive. We are already looking forward to continuing the great work on fiddle technique and style next week.


Happy Christmas

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and may your New Year be filled with fiddle music! It’s not too late to sign up for our first half-term, in fact what a wonderful last minute Christmas present! Send a message or contact me via the website Use the contact form on the website, or email me on tuition@northeastfiddleschool.org.uk


Here we go!

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We are very excited to announce the launch of the North East Fiddle School! This project has been a long time in Stewart’s ‘5 year plan’ phase, but has now quite suddenly come to the ‘let’s do it right now’ phase! We are delighted to say that Grace Smith will be joining Stewart with the tuition, allowing us to offer two ability groups throughout each evening.

Ali Say will be keeping things ticking over on the admin side. Do say hello on social media, and any sharing of our publicity would be very helpful indeed. Please use the contact form to get in touch and for booking details.