May
27
Fri
May Workshops 2022: Play-along Session @ Online - on Zoom
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

May Workshops 2022
Play-along Session in Harmony for Mixed Instruments

This will be a Zoom call open to intermediate players (and above) of any instrument. Notation will be provided in advance for all the tunes, together with suggestions for basic chords and a harmony line, but feel free to join in by ear! You can play the tune along with Stewart, play an accompaniment with a bass line, chords or a harmony (your own or follow the suggestions) or enjoy playing the tune whilst Stewart plays a harmony. If you wish to join in on an instrument with a different range from the fiddle, or with specfic key requirements, please get in touch before booking.

Zoom Workshop
Friday 27th May, 19:00 – 21:00

A single May workshop is £20, attend two for £35 or all three for £50.
Bookings opening soon

For more information, please visit the May Workshops 2022 information page.

If you haven’t attended a music workshop on Zoom before, here is a page of Zoom Workshop Tips to get the most out of your experience. A strong and reliable internet connection, plus headphones or an external speaker are recommended. A recording of the live call will be available for those who experience technical difficulties, or who find themselves unable to attend the live Zoom call.

May
28
Sat
May Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 1 @ Online - on Zoom
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

May Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 1

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 28th May: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Competent Beginner to Upper Intermediate level

 

A single workshop is £20, attend two for £35 or all three for £50.
Bookings opening soon

For more information, please visit the May Workshops 2022 information page.

If you haven’t attended a music workshop on Zoom before, here is a page of Zoom Workshop Tips to get the most out of your experience. A strong and reliable internet connection, plus headphones or an external speaker are recommended.

May Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 2 @ Online - on Zoom
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

May Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 2

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 28th May: 14:00 – 16:00
Intermediate to Advanced level

 

A single workshop is £20, attend two for £35 or all three for £50.
Bookings opening soon

For more information, please visit the May Workshops 2022 information page.

If you haven’t attended a music workshop on Zoom before, here is a page of Zoom Workshop Tips to get the most out of your experience. A strong and reliable internet connection, plus headphones or an external speaker are recommended.

Jun
10
Fri
JSArts Repertoire for Mixed Instruments @ Shepherds Dene
Jun 10 – Jun 12 all-day
JSArts Repertoire for Mixed Instruments @ Shepherds Dene | Grantham | United Kingdom

North East Tunes: Repertoire course for Mixed Instruments

10th – 12th June 2022
Shepherds Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland  NE44 6AF

For players of all instruments of intermediate level and above, focusing on great tunes from the North East of England.

Join Stewart in the beautiful retreat venue of Shepherds Dene, for a weekend of learning tunes from the North East of England. The workshop is aimed at intermediate players of any instrument (including transposing instruments), focusing on melody tuition, and will run from 4 pm on Friday until 4 pm on Sunday afternoon. The workshops will be taught “as if by ear”, with the phrases broken down into recognisable motifs, and with enough repetition for those learning by ear. Notation will be provided and can be used as a remider after the course, or at any point for reassurance.

All tuition, resources, accommodation, food and daytime refreshments are included in the course fee. Sheet music and mp3 files of the tunes covered are sent out in advance, full worksheets of the tunes taught are provided, and any recordings from the course are sent on to you afterwards.

For further information or to express your interest in this course, please email Ali (jsarts@stewarthardy.co.uk)

 

**Covid-19 Update

This course will be run in accordance to our Covid-secure Music Workshop Guidelines, and is subject to any restrictions applicable at the time, and any coronavirus protocols from the venue.

Jul
8
Fri
JSArts Fiddle Foundations @ Rydal Hall
Jul 8 @ 3:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm
JSArts Fiddle Foundations @ Rydal Hall | Grantham | United Kingdom

Fiddle Foundations

8th – 18th July 2022
Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX
3.00 pm start and finish time.

Join Stewart in the beautiful surroundings of Rydal Hall in the Lake District for a weekend of intensive fiddle tuition. The workshop will typically take between 10 and 15 people from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. The residential weekend fee of £348 covers all food, tuition, daytime refreshments and two nights single occupancy accommodation, most of which is en suite.

The Fiddle Foundations workshop is a standard level technique course and is being run as an opportunity for fiddle players to look at, in some detail, the fundamental building blocks that Stewart uses to create stylistic interpretations of tunes. He will be teaching some of the basic bowing patterns that help to bring out the distinctive flavour of the most common tune forms. For the left hand, he’ll be concentrating on hand frames and melodic motifs (those note patterns that occur again and again in folk tunes), as well as an approach to ornamentation which is designed to help players access ornaments in a way that is both natural for them and appropriate for the tunes.

This course can accommodate a broad range of experience and ability, from competent beginner to upper intermediate, but is not suitable for absolute or early beginners. All tuition, resources, accommodation, food and daytime refreshments are included. Sheet music and mp3 files of the tunes covered are sent out in advance, and recordings of exercises from the course are sent on to you afterwards.

For further information or to express your interest in this course, please email Ali (jsarts@stewarthardy.co.uk)

We would expect participants to have most of the following skills:
  • – playing simple dance tunes at steady to mid tempo (e.g. reels and jigs at 50-80 beats per minute)
  • – able to clap in time to a tune
  • – have basic control of the bow on the string
  • – able to slur notes together
  • – comfortable in the keys of G,D and A major and familiar with their note names
  • – familiarity with C major
  • – able to play basic scales without notation
  • – able to play at least 2 tunes without notation
In addition fiddlers who attend these courses often have some of the following experience:
  • – attend other fiddle workshops
  • – play with a community folk music group
  • – join in folk music sessions
  • – receive tuition on the fiddle/violin