Virtual Summer School

We had a wonderful time at the Virtual Summer School again in 2021. Check back later for details of the proposed Virtual Summer School for 2022. In the meantime, have a read below of what we did last year.

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 Melissa Whitehead and Stewart Hardy, and two lovely guest tutors, Kevin Lees and Grace Smith. The format will be similar to last year, 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!

Virtual Summer School Pass:
Standard Price: £60
Pay More: £70 – Pay more to support NEFS, 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.
Sponsorship: £100 – Sponsor our event: this give you a Virtual Summer School Pass, our eternal gratitude and maybe some exclusive perks (to be confirmed!)

As a VSS Pass Holder, come to all the live events, catch up on the recorded workshops for one month, and receive continued access to all video tutorials for six months.

The weekend will begin with a play-along session in harmony (notation provided), and will continue with two days of live fiddle workshops, exclusive video tutorials, a tutor-led session, a concert and guided fiddle practice. Events will be aimed at all abilities of fiddle player from competent beginner through to advanced.

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 time over during the weekend for several video tutorials, but you will have continued access for 6 months with all supporting materials available to download.

Weekend Passes also give you access to a Guided Fiddle Practice each morning 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 VSS Tutor’s Concert on the Saturday evening, and we will finish with a tutor-led Session late on Sunday afternoon. Plus there will be a couple of discussion events with the tutors, and a Big Tune Workshop for all.

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

North East Fiddle School is a participant funded organisation, and all tutor fees and running costs are paid for from ticket sales for the event. Additional donations are gratefully received, and all income will go to increase the fees paid to the tutors, and to support future events.

Timetable Outline

– Play-along Session with Stewart Hardy (notation, harmony and chord suggestions provided)

– Physical Warm Up
– Guided Fiddle Practice – play-along with tips and techniques for effective practice
– Fiddle Workshop for Level 1 (or Video Tutorial slot for other Levels)
– Fiddle Workshop for Level 3 (or Video Tutorial slot for other Levels)
– Tutor Discussion Event
– Q&A on the Video Tutorials
– Big Tune Workshop
– Virtual Summer School Tutors Concert on YouTube

– Physical Warm Up
– Guided Fiddle Practice
– Fiddle Workshop for Level 2 (or Video Tutorial slot for other Levels)
– Fiddle Workshop for Level 4 (or Video Tutorial slot for other Levels)
– Tutor Discussion Event
– Q&A on the Video Tutorials
Finishing with:
– Tutor-led Session, including our Big Tune

Ability Levels and Events

There will be four ability levels for the live Fiddle Workshops (Level 1:Competent Beginner, Level 2:Lower Intermediate, Level 3:Upper Intermediate and Level 4:Advanced). This year, there will be six Video Tutorials in total; four of them will be structured to accommodate all levels of player, with an additional tutorial aimed at Level 1, and one at Level 4.

All Video Tutorials will be available for six months after the Virtual Summer School, and the recordings of the live workshops will be available on catch-up for one month.

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

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

Thank you so much!

A huge thank you to absolutely everyone who attended our Virtual Summer School in 2020. 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.

Thank you for joining us!