2024 SWW Sunday

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024 – Sunday Workshop

Many thanks to everyone who signed up for our Summer Workshop Weekend. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and learned a lot along the way. If you took any photos of the weekend, it would be lovely to see them. You can email them to me on tuition@northeastfiddleschool.org.uk

We hope to see you again soon, either on Zoom or at another in-person workshop – save the dates!

  • Block 5 Saturday Workshop: Sat 12th October in Wylam
  • NEFS Winter Workout Weekend: Fri 29th Nov – Sun 1st Dec 2024 at Shepherds Dene, near Riding Mill

Follow Up Materials

Here is a pdf of the Jack’s Alive Harmony lines sheet that was handed out during the workshop:

Jack’s Alive Harmony Lines (pdf)

Advance Materials

These are the resources for the Sunday Workshop tune. If you are able to have a look at the tune in advance, this will allow more time to explore ways into chords and harmony on the day. The audio is from the video from Grace’s 8 Strings project, which is also linked below. If you are able to print the pdf if you like to use a paper copy, that is very helpful – we will have a few spares with us if you aren’t able to print and don’t wish to use the electronic version.

Jack’s Alive – Notation (pdf)

Jack’s Alive – Audio (mp3)

Jack’s Alive – zip file

Link to video on YouTube

Extra Special Resource

Additional harmony lines to some of our Live Tunes – these may be referred to during the workshops as examples, and they will be fun to play in the session too!


The session element of the day will include tunes from the current Live Teaching repertoire. We have identified some Big Tunes, which we will definitely play, so if you are new to our repertoire you might like to have a look at these:

  • Five Sheep, Four GoatsNotation
  • Josefin’s Dopvals (Roger Tallroth) – Notation
  • The Fallowfield March (Rob Say) – Notation
  • Andrew’s March (John Dagg) – Notation
  • Maison de Glace (Rejean Brunet) – Notation

Other tunes will be taken from our NEFS Core Repertoire (the NEFS Live Tunes document) and some tunes have been put into sets in our NEFS Live Tune Sets. The Bowed Version of the tunes just has added bowing suggestions. The Big Tunes are also included in these documents:

If you would like to access the full resources for any of the Live Tunes, including audio files and even the video recordings of the Live Zoom Calls in which they were taught, you can access the Live Teaching page for 2024 Block 4:

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024

  • Saturday 29th June – Ways into Dance Grooves, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm @ Wylam Methodist Church
  • Satuday Evening Social – an informal concert by Woolsington Strings, followed by a session for everyone. 7.30 pm @ Riding Mill Parish Hall
  • Sunday 30th June – Ways into Chords and Harmony, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm @ Riding Mill Parish Hall

If you would like to attend the short concert from Woolsington Strings, followed by an music session, we will be at Riding Mill Parish Hall at 7.30 pm on Sat 29th June. Just turn up, all instruments are welcome! Free entry, though donations are encouraged on the door to cover the hall hire.


Sunday 30th June
9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Riding Mill Parish Hall, Millfield Rd, Riding Mill NE44 6DJ

Please arrive from 9.30 am for a 9.45 am start.

  • 09:30 : Welcome
  • 09:45 : Physical Warm Up
  • 10:00 – 11:15 : Workshop 1
  • 11:15 – 11:45 : Morning break
  • 11:45 – 13:00 : Workshop 2
  • 13:00 – 14:00 : Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:45 : Workshop 3
  • 14:45 – 15:00 : Afternoon break
  • 15:00 – 16:00 : Session

You will need to bring all of your own equipment, including a music stand if you wish to use one.

Lunch is not included, so please bring a packed lunch, or there is a tea shop, a pub and a Spar a couple of minutes walk away. There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Tea and coffee will be provided during the morning and afternoon breaks.


Car Parking – please park carefully and respectfully around the village and avoid blocking any access. Here is a map provided by the venue. The largest parking space is around by St James’ Church – you will need to allow about 5 mins to walk back to the Parish Hall.

Riding Mill Train Station is just a few minutes walk from the Parish Hall (08:45 – 09:16 from Newcastle Central Station; or 09:40 – 09:48 from Hexham – you’d be with us for the start of the first workshop)

COVID-Secure Guidelines

By attending an in-person event organised by NEFS, you agree to follow any COVID-secure Workshop Guidelines in place, and any further reasonable requests made by the venue, the Tutors or Directors to keep the group safe and all attendees feeling as comfortable as possible.