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 EventsAug16Monall-day Historically Informed Summer School @ Bishop Burton CollegeHistorically Informed Summer School @ Bishop Burton CollegeAug 16 – Aug 20 all-dayThe Historically Informed Summer School is a unique international residential course exploring the common ground & connections between early music and folk & traditional music. The course covers all aspects of early music and folk &...
4 hours agoThis is from the finale of our NEFS Virtual Summer School concert. Fabulous to have all of the tutors contribute, plus some special performances by family and friends! Thank you all for a wonderful weekend! ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
1 week agoLess than a week now!!! Join us on Friday evening (23rd July) for a Play-along session with harmonies provided, and loads of fab workshops and fiddle practice calls over the weekend.Hope you can come along!😀🎻🎧Can you believe there's just 1 week to go until our Virtual Summer School?Live Zoom workshops, guided fiddle practices, video tutorials, Q&A events, sessions, a concert AND the option to catch up in your own time. What more could you want?!Book now via our website: www.northeastfiddleschool.org.uk/virtual-summer-school/ ... See MoreSee Less
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