Stewart is renowned as one of the top fiddle tutors in the UK. He is both classically trained and steeped in the traditional music of Northumberland & Scotland, which is reflected in his approach to teaching. In great demand as both a private tutor, and as a workshop leader, Stewart can be found teaching across the UK and beyond, leading regular and one-off workshops, tutoring on Summer Schools and leading projects in schools.
New for 2018 is the North East Fiddle School. Weekly classes for adults in Fiddle Technique and Style, held in Gosforth, Newcastle on Wednesday evenings. Directed and taught by Stewart Hardy.
Regular residential weekend courses are taught through JSArts in Fiddle Technique (Standard and Advanced Level), Arrangement Techniques for Mixed Instruments, and Advanced Style & Repertoire workshops for Mixed Instruments. Stewart also founded and is a leader of Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, and teaches on residential courses such as the Historically Informed Summer School.
For many years Stewart was a core instrumental tutor and lecturer on the Folk Degree at Newcastle University. He also directed the Folkworks Adult Summer School for three years as well as several award winning European projects for young musicians.
|JSArts Music Workshops||Residential weekend workshops in Fiddle Technique, Arrangement Techniques and Style & Repertoire
|North East Fiddle School||Weekly group classes in Fiddle Technique and Style & Repertoire
|Private Tuition||One to one private lessons
|Workshops by arrangement||Fiddle workshops
Mixed Instrument workshops
|Community Projects|| Tyneside Fiddle Alliance
|School Presentations||The Holly and The Ivy Winter Roadshow
Fiddles in Harmony
“Thank you, you were brilliant! You started promptly, supported us right through to the end of the session, gave extra help during your lunch-break, socialised and made every single person feel they had a contribution to make. You gave 150% throughout the whole High Energy weekend.”
Wisewood Folk, Workshop Organiser, Shropshire
“I was really impressed by Stewart – he clearly knows his stuff and is a stunning player, but I haven’t come across such a good teacher before who was able to break everything down so clearly and to build it back up again so successfully. I do hope that you will be able to invite him down again, I wouldn’t want to miss it.”
“Stewart Hardy is pre-eminent among the many fine fiddle tutors with whom I’ve worked. His teaching is characterised by meticulous, clearly-focused preparation, effective structure, attention to detail, rigour, positive encouragement, good humour, patience, kindness and care. He has demanding yet reasonable expectations of his students, and makes sure his workshops are enjoyable, purposeful and productive. Thus his students, at all levels, become better and more confident players. He is the complete professional.”
Folkworks Education Director (1993-2007)
Lecturer in Folk Music Education, Newcastle University and Durham University
Chair of FolkArts England (2003-2009)
Director Folkworks Summer Schools
Upcoming EventsJun29Sat7:30 pm Bottle Bank Band in Amble @ The Dovecote CentreBottle Bank Band in Amble @ The Dovecote CentreJun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pmJoin us at the new home of the Northumberland Theatre Company in Amble for a concert in the north of Northumberland. Please contact the Dovecote Centre on 01661 713655 for tickets (£10 / £5)Jul12Friall-day Advanced Style & Repertoire (Mix... @ Ushaw College, DurhamAdvanced Style & Repertoire (Mix... @ Ushaw College, DurhamJul 12 – Jul 14 all-dayAdvanced Style & Repertoire (Mixed Instruments) 12th – 14th July 2019. Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH Join Stewart in the beautiful surroundings of Ushaw College in Durham, for a weekend of intensive tuition. This workshop will focus...Sep6Friall-day Fiddle Technique @ Ushaw College, DurhamFiddle Technique @ Ushaw College, DurhamSep 6 – Sep 8 all-dayFiddle Technique Standard Level 6th – 8th September 2019 Ushaw College, Durham Join Stewart for a weekend of intensive fiddle tuition in the beautiful surroundings of Ushaw College in Durham. The workshop will typically take between 8...Sep27Friall-day Advanced Fiddle Technique @ Rydal Hall