Historically Informed Summer School, Aug 2015, Scarborough

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.

Current projects include regular tuition for JSArts (both fiddle and mixed instruments workshops), leading Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, and teaching 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.


Private Tuition One to one private lessons


Workshops Fiddle workshops

Mixed Instrument workshops


One-day workouts

Residential courses

Community Projects  Tyneside Fiddle Alliance


School Presentations The Holly and The Ivy Winter Roadshow

Fiddles in Harmony

Winter Warmers


“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.”

David Oliver
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


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival, Fiddle Workshop, July 2014