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 EventsSep6Friall-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...Sep15Sun7:30 pm George Welch & Stewart Hardy / S... @ South Shields Folk ClubGeorge Welch & Stewart Hardy / S... @ South Shields Folk ClubSep 15 @ 7:30 pmGeorge is a North East institution known for hilarious stories, driving tunes on guitar and moving songs in a fine baritone voice. The quintessential folk club entertainer, George will once again be performing at South Shields...Sep27Friall-day Advanced Fiddle Technique @ Rydal HallOct25Friall-day Arrangement Techniques (Mixed In... @ Ushaw College, DurhamArrangement Techniques (Mixed In... @ Ushaw College, DurhamOct 25 – Oct 27 all-dayArrangement Techniques (Mixed Instruments) 25th – 27th October 2019 Ushaw College, Durham Join Stewart in the beautiful surroundings of Ushaw College in Durham for a weekend workshop exploring arrangement techniques for mixed instrument ensemble. Courses are...