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London Fiddle School
Online (and face to face!)

Pete is teaching again via Zoom for Autumn 2021 but, pandemic permitting, returns to Cecil Sharp House for a face-to-face Fiddle Session on 1 December - see below.

Pete teaching on Zoom

Autumn 2021 Courses

Participants receive an audio recording before each week’s class. Pete teaches the tune by ear during the 90-minute session, then emails written music and a video afterwards. Learning by ear may seem daunting, but ‘Pete’s method seems to somehow high-speed and hardwire the music into the brain’ - (Sheila Hill, The Guardian). Newcomers to his classes are welcome to a taster session, no obligation, before deciding whether or not to join a course.

For 'reunion' sessions, videos are not available, but written music can be sent in advance on request.

How to enrol
To enrol, please email and specify which course (or courses) you wish to join. Please pay by bank transfer, or by PayPal from outside the UK. Pete is no longer able to process cash or cheques. Once your payment is received, you are added to the email group list for that course, and will receive a Zoom invitation before each session. Tune up your fiddle, click on the link a few minutes before the class and you're ready to go.
If you are new to Zoom, fear not, it's easy. Go to to download the Zoom app to your laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone or other device. It’s free. You just need to give an email address, enter a username and password, and that’s it.

European Fiddle Tunes in Harmony

Wednesday 8 September
Playing level: Lower Intermediate/ Advanced
Cost: £15.00 (concessions £12)

A one-off Zoom workshop revisiting all ten of the great Scandinavian and European tunes we studied in the early Spring. If you were there first time round, a chance to refresh, revise and consolidate the tunes and enjoy them again. If you weren’t, join us anyway - let Pete know if you’d like written music in advance (videos not available) when you enrol. We'll play everything slowly at first to sort out glitches, then take up the tempo - including the harmonies!

The Tunes: Norwegian Halling in Dm, Louise Wanselius’s groovy Cherry Tune, the Svabo Polonaise from the Faroe Islands and Danish fiddler Rasmus Storm’s Menuet No 33, Carolan’s lament Eleanor Plunkett and the haunting Klezmer street tune Der Gas Nigun, Auvergne tunes Plante Un Chou and Bouscatel’s Bourrée Populaire, and the Greek Kalamatianos (which we learned for Easter), paired with a North Macedonian Oro, both in 7/8 time (‘Loads-a biscuits’).

10-week course
Fiddle Tunes of Eastern Europe

Wednesdays 7.30-9.00pm
15 September - no class on 13 October - to 24 November
Playing level: Intermediate/ advanced

Pete reaches deep into his eastern repertoire for ten beautiful tunes, simple and more challenging, that he hasn’t taught at Fiddle School for the past nine years, if ever - tunes from Poland, Romania and the Balkans, a Hungarian Csardás, Frehlekhs from Klezmer tradition and (on the edge of the ‘nine year’ rule) the irresistible Trzsionka (‘Cha-shonka’), a London Fiddle School hit of 2012!

‘The historic collision, or exchange, of eastern and western scales and rhythms makes eastern European tunes rich in musical possibilities,’ writes Pete in ‘Eastern European Fiddle Tunes’, Schott ED 12886. ‘The Ottoman Empire extended over much of south-eastern Europe for five centuries (peaking territorially in the 1600s, ending in 1918), bringing the modes, or makams, of Turkish courtly music to bear on European classical and folk scales.’

An audio recording of each week's tune is emailed to you before the class; notation and a video are sent out afterwards. We’ll start each session with gentle, yoga-based warm-ups, to develop the free, subtle movement and strength needed for tuneful, rhythmic playing.
Cost: £100.00 (concessions £80.00)

Fiddle Session
7.30- 9.30pm
1 December

Cecil Sharp House London NW1 7AY

A date for your diary! It’s hard to say more this far in advance, but the idea, Covid permitting, is to get together as a face-to-face group and play through some of the tunes we’ve learned in Zoom classes over the past year and a half - Old Time, Cajun, English, European, Scottish, Lucy Farr tunes etc. More details nearer the time.
Cost: Free!

And looking ahead...

Scottish Fiddle Tunes

Wednesday 5 January 2022
Playing level: Lower Intermediate/ Advanced
Cost: £15.00
(concessions £12.00)

A one-off workshop to practice and perfect(!) the thirteen great Scottish tunes we studied in 2021- Coilsfield House/ Cropie’s Strathspey, The Flowers of Edinburgh, The Iron Man/ Bonnie Banchory/ John McNeil, The Glencoe March, Inganess and the five Shetland reels: Jack Broke Da Prison Door/ Donald Blue/ Sleep Soond Ida Moarnin/ Lasses Trust in Providence/ Bonnie Isle of Whalsay. Even if you weren’t there first time round, feel free to join us - let Pete know if you’d like written music in advance (videos not available) when you enrol.

One to One Lessons

Pete offers individual tuition (on Zoom) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He has no regular weekly slots free at present, but can usually fit in an occasional, or one-off, lesson. Cost £60.00 an hour (concessions £50.00), or £30.00 per half hour (concessions £25.00). Enquiries to, or phone Pete on 020 8340 7760 or 07960 329527.

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