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 EventsFeb20Wed7:30 pm George Welch & Stewart Hardy / C... @ Cramlington Folk ClubGeorge Welch & Stewart Hardy / C... @ Cramlington Folk ClubFeb 20 @ 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 in Cramlington...Feb22Friall-day Mixed Instruments Workshop – Ful... @ JSArtsMixed Instruments Workshop – Ful... @ JSArtsFeb 22 – Feb 24 all-dayMixed Instruments Workshop with Stewart Hardy Fully Booked The workshops typically take between 7 & 10 people for three days of instruction. The cost covers all food, tuition, refreshments and overnight accommodation.The course cost for...Feb25Mon7:30 pm George Welch & Stewart Hardy / S... @ Stockton Folk ClubGeorge Welch & Stewart Hardy / S... @ Stockton Folk ClubFeb 25 @ 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 in Cramlington...Mar22Friall-day Fiddle Techniques Workshop – Ful... @ JSArtsFiddle Techniques Workshop – Ful... @ JSArtsMar 22 – Mar 24 all-dayFiddle Techniques with Stewart Hardy Fully Booked Tunes are carefully selected to work as exercises demonstrating particular techniques, whilst at the same time providing a melodic stimulus. Exercises are extracted from the tunes to facilitate applying the...