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NEFS SWW 2024 – Sunday

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024 – Sunday

Ways into Chords and Harmony

with Stewart Hardy & Grace Smith

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


One of the many wonderful things about folk fiddle is playing with other fiddles in harmony and the sound of massed strings! If you would like the chance to explore how to do this – how to play harmony lines, how to begin creating your own, how to accompany other players – then this is the workshop for you. Grace and Stewart will be teaching us tunes, and will bring suggestions for harmonies, as well as giving the chance to explore other ideas to create a wonderfully rich fiddle sound. We would love people to come and learn the tunes and will need tune players as well as harmony players, so whatever your experience of harmony lines there will be something for you.

 

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024
£47 per day,  or book both for £90

  • Saturday 29th June – Ways into Dance Grooves, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm @ Wylam Methodist Church
  • Saturday 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

Join us for two days of folk fiddle workshops for adults with Stewart Hardy and Grace Smith. Each day can be booked separately or you can book both together as they will be complimentary but not dependent upon each other. There will be a shared evening on the Saturday with an informal concert by local string ensemble, Woolsington Strings, followed by a session for everyone.

Full NEFS SWW 2024 information here, and bookings available from the Shop.


NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024

Save the date!

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June

Join us for two days of folk fiddle workshops for adults with Stewart Hardy and Grace Smith. Each day can be booked separately (£47 each) or you can book both together as they will be complimentary but not dependent upon each other. There will be a shared evening on the Saturday with an informal concert by local string ensemble, Woolsington Strings, followed by a session for everyone.

  • Saturday 29th June – Ways into Dance Grooves, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm @ Wylam Methodist Church
  • Saturday 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

View the separate events for each day for details, or visit the NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024 information page.


NEFS SWW 2024 – Saturday

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024 – Saturday

Ways into Dance Grooves

with Stewart Hardy & Grace Smith

Saturday 29th June
9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA


Learn some great dance tunes with all the relevant fiddle technique for making them come alive and dance off the page. Grace and Stewart will each teach a tune, and look at bowing and any helpful ornaments to create a dance groove. We will explore what we mean by dance grooves, and will finish the day with a session of our core NEFS repertoire.

 

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend 2024
£47 per day,  or book both for £90

  • Saturday 29th June – Ways into Dance Grooves, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm @ Wylam Methodist Church
  • Saturday 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

Join us for two days of folk fiddle workshops for adults with Stewart Hardy and Grace Smith. Each day can be booked separately or you can book both together as they will be complimentary but not dependent upon each other. There will be a shared evening on the Saturday with an informal concert by local string ensemble, Woolsington Strings, followed by a session for everyone.

Full NEFS SWW 2024 information here, and bookings available from the Shop.


2024 Block 3 Saturday

Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 11th May, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA
Cost £47
Tea/coffee included, bring your own lunch.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique.
  • Workshops on both tunes and technique.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at competent beginners through to upper intermediates.
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.

Full details of the course are available on the Classes page – please read before purchasing.

Buy the 2024 Block 3 Online Option as well receive a discount for booking both.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. Bookings are available via the Shop.


2024 Block 2 Saturday

Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 16th March, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA
Cost £47
Tea/coffee included, bring your own lunch.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique.
  • Tunes and technique delivered by Stewart Hardy.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at competent beginners through to upper intermediates.
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.

Full details of the course are available on the Classes page – please read before purchasing.

Buy the 2024 Block 2 Online Option as well receive a discount for booking both.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. Bookings are available via the Shop.


2024 Block 1 – Saturday

Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 17th February, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA
Cost £47
Tea/coffee included, bring your own lunch.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique.
  • Tunes and technique delivered by Stewart Hardy and Grace Smith.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at competent beginners through to upper intermediates.
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.

Full details of the course are available on the Classes page – please read before purchasing.

Buy the 2024 Block 1 Online Option as well receive a discount for booking both.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. Bookings are available via the Shop.


2023 Block 6 – Saturday

Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 2nd December, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre
as part of our NEFS Winter Residential Weekend 2023
Cost £50 including lunch, tea and coffee provided by the venue.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique and learning tunes.
  • Tunes and technique delivered by both Melissa and Stewart.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at Levels 2 and 3.
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.

Details of all the options for the NEFS Winter Residential Weekend 2023.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. Bookings open now in the Shop.


NEFS Winter Residential Weekend 2023

NEFS Residential Weekend
Fri 1st Dec, 5pm – Sun 3rd Dec, 11.30 am
Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre

After enjoying the December residential weekend last year, and with all the lovely feedback received, we have decided to repeat the event. We are delighted to be returning to Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre near Riding Mill in Northumberland and look forward to their wonderful hospitality.

This weekend will include our usual Saturday Workshop for Block 6, which will be on Saturday 2nd December 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. There will be three tune workshops and a session during the day, which will give us a chance to learn new tunes, work on the relevant techniques, and play some of our NEFS tunes together.

In addition, we will begin the weekend on Friday evening with dinner and an informal session, and there will be an option to book Bed & Breakfast, so you can stay over, ready for the workshop on Saturday. After the workshop on Saturday, they is the option to stay for dinner, and to join us for the evening which will include a session. The bar will be open to purchase drinks and there is again an option of bed and breakfast, so you can relax and enjoy the evening.

There will be more tunes and technique on the Sunday morning, and this year we will be finishing with coffee before we head home at 11.30 am.

Full information can be found on the NEFS Winter Residential 2023 page. Bookings are now open via the website shop. Various packages are available for both day guests and residential. Places are limited, so don’t delay!


2023 Block 5 – Saturday

Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 14th October, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA
Cost tbc.
Tea/coffee included, bring your own lunch.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique.
  • Tunes and technique delivered by both Melissa and Stewart.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at Levels 2 and 3.
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.

Full details of the course are available on the Classes page – please read before purchasing.

Buy the 2023 Block 5 Online Option as well receive a discount for booking both.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. Bookings will be available soon in the Shop.


NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend – Sunday

We are delighted to announce that Grace Smith will be teaching alongside Stewart this in-person workshop weekend.
 
The Saturday workshop will be similar to our usual format of tune workshops and a session in Wylam Methodist Church, together with some extra focus on troublesome techniques that our members have identified as particularly worthy of attention.
 
We have exciting plans for the Sunday in Riding Mill Parish Hall when, in addition to learning some cracking tunes, participants will be presented with opportunities to develop their musical imaginations and explore aspects of ensemble playing with harmonies, chords and arrangement techniques. We will, of course have a final session to round off the weekend and very much hope you can join us!
 
Plus the wonderful Frank McLaughlin will be coming down from Edinburgh with his guitar to join Stewart for an informal concert & session on the Saturday evening in Riding Mill Parish Hall (all welcome, donations encouraged).
 
Each workshop day is £44
Attend both days for £84
Book NEFS Block 4 Online (£68) with either day for £104
Book NEFS Block 4 Online and the full NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend for £146

NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend with Grace Smith and Stewart Hardy

  • Saturday 8th July – Full day of Fiddle Tune & Technique Workshops (Wylam Methodist Church)
  • Satuday evening informal concert & session, featuring Stewart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin (Riding Mill Parish Hall)
  • Sunday 9th July – Fiddle Ensemble Day (Riding Mill Parish Hall)
Saturday Full-day Fiddle Tunes & Technique Workshop Saturday 8th July, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm at Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam, Northumberland NE41 8AA £44 – places are limited Includes:
  • In-person tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique
  • Tunes and technique delivered by both Grace Smith and Stewart Hardy
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at Levels 2 and 3
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops, looking at tunes and techniques, and time for a tutor-guided session
Sunday Full-day Fiddle Ensemble Day Sunday 9th July, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm at Riding Mill Parish Hall, Millfield Rd, Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6DJ £44 – places are limited Includes:
  • In-person tuition focusing on fiddle ensemble playing techniques
  • Includes tunes, harmonies, fiddle chords and fiddle ensemble arrangement techniques.
  • Teaching delivered by both Grace Smith and Stewart Hardy
  • The day will finish with a tutor-guided session
Book your place in the Shop.