Virtual Summer School

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Virtual Summer School 2021

23rd – 25th July 2021

We will be running a second Virtual Summer School with workshops on Zoom and recorded Video Tutorials from our core tutors and some guests. The format will be similar to last year (see below), though the timetable will be a little more relaxed, allowing more time to take in all the fabulous tuition, tutor events, sessions and the concert. The timetable and booking information will be available soon. In the meantime, please save the date and tell your friends!

Thank you so much!

A huge thank you to absolutely everyone who attended our Virtual Summer School. We were blown away by the number of participants and by your enthusiasm and positive attitude throughout the weekend. We had a fantastic time and hope that you all enjoyed the Zoom calls, the chat events, the video tutorials and the concert! We would also like to thank our fabulous tutors who worked so hard to record videos in advance, provide great resource sheets, and did an amazing job of teaching on Zoom and being good sports in the chat events! Thank you so much! Please visit the Merchandise Page to see links to their websites and social media pages to support their work.

If you were signed up, don’t forget that you can visit the VSS Events page for links to Recordings of all the live calls (available until 23rd Sept), to the Video Tutorials (available until 23rd Feb 2021!) and all the worksheets, exercise sheets and audio files which are yours to keep.

Thank you for joining us!

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd August 2020

Two days of live fiddle workshops, exclusive video tutorials, sessions, concerts and guided fiddle practice. Events will be aimed at all abilities of fiddle player from competent beginner through to advanced, led by guest tutors Kevin Lees, Sophy Ball, Grace Smith and Jim Boyle, alongside our regular tutors Melissa Whitehead and Stewart Hardy.

The weekend will be a mix of Live events on Zoom and exclusive Video Tutorials recorded for the Summer School, and each tutor will share their expertise with different ability levels. There will be suggested times over the weekend for several video tutorials, but you will have access to those purchased for 6 months with all supporting materials available to download.

Weekend Passes also give you access to four Guided Fiddle Practices which will get you warmed up and ready for your workshops and tutorials, whilst providing great examples of ways to practice effectively to develop the left hand and bowing arm techniques.

There will be a Play Along Session on the Saturday evening, with sets of tunes led by the tutors, and a Tutors’ Concert on the Sunday evening. Plus there will be a Meet The Tutors event (with chat and a few tunes) and an Ask the Tutors Q&A style event to find out what they really think!

If you can’t join via Zoom for the live events, recordings of these calls will be available for catch-up after the weekend. So if you experience technical difficulties, or can’t access Zoom, you will still be able join in.


Virtual Summer School Pass:
Standard Price: £60
Pay More: £70 – Pay more to support NEFS, or perhaps where more people in your household will enjoy the concert or session.
Pay Less: £50 – If you need to pay less, no questions asked.

As a VSS Pass Holder, come to all the live events and receive continued access to all video tutorials for 6 months.

Sponsor the NEFS Virtual Summer School
Sponsorship: £100 – A Virtual Summer School Pass, named thanks (if you want it!) on all videos, maybe some exclusive perks (to be confirmed!) and our undying thanks!

Some events will be available individually:
In-depth Video Tutorials: £15 each
Summer School Tutors’ Concert: £12 (per household)
Live Tune Workshops: £10 each
Session: £6

If you are interested in purchasing these individual events, please get in touch with Ali via the Contact page.
All other events are for VSS Pass holders only.

The income from the Summer School (after basic expenses) will go to the tutors. This is so important during these times, when incomes from face to face live teaching and performing have been decimated. I do hope you can help us to support them.


Our timetable has now been published, so head on over to the Timetable Page to check out details of all of the different events – who is teaching what, when and where!


– Live: Guided Fiddle Practice – play-along with tips and techniques for effective practice
– Live: Tune Workshops for specific levels
– Video Tutorials for specific levels
– Live: Meet the Tutors – introducing the tutors and the tunes they have chosen to teach
– Live: Guided Fiddle Practice
– Style Video Tutorials on topics chosen by the tutors, with a chance to ask questions aftewards live on Zoom
– Live: Session led by the tutors – the first half will be a steady session, followed by regular session tunes after the break

– Live: Guided Fiddle Practice, Live workshops and Video tutorials by level
– Live: Guided Fiddle Practice and Style Video Tutorials
– Live: Ask the Tutors – Q&A panel on all things fiddle related
– Live: Play through the VSS Big Tune (a tune we can all learn from a video tutorial and play together at the end of the afternoon)
– Virtual Summer School Tutors’ Concert on YouTube

Ability Levels and Events

There will be four ability levels (Competent Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced) with a live workshop and a video tutorial dedicated to each level, plus a wider selection of video tutorials focusing on Style led by each tutor. There will be time during the weekend to attend all the events dedicated to your level and to one other, so you can try the workshops and videos for the next closest level as well. For example if you are a Lower Intermediate player, you could, in addition, challenge yourself to the Upper Intermediate tunes, or consolidate what you know by joining the Competent Beginners.


  1. Competent Beginners
  2. Lower Intermediates
  3. Upper Intermediates
  4. Advanced

If you need some help in deciding which level is right for you, please see our Ability Level Guide.

Tuition Summary

Level 1:
Live workshop with Melissa
Video tutorial with Sophy

Level 2:
Live workshop with Stewart
Video tutorial with Grace

Levels 1 & 2 Style videos:
‘Two Strings are Better Than One’ with Kevin
A lively Scottish strathspey from the Skye Collection with Melissa
A 3/2 hornpipe from the Vickers Collection with Grace

Level 3:
Live workshop with Sophy
Video tutorial with Kevin

Level 4:
Live workshop with Kevin
Video tutorial with Stewart

Levels 3 & 4:
A slushy, sentimental American waltz with Sophy
A cracking hornpipe with Jim
Syncopation in jigs with Stewart

Find out which tunes are being taught here!

You can read more about our wonderful VSS Tutors on the Meet the Team page.

Live Zoom Fiddle Practice Call