WORKSHOPS (Feb 26th 2017)


Pete Cooper (Trefusis); Introduction to Scottish fiddle

Scottish Traditional Fiddle (Basic/ Intermediate level) Explore some of the wonderful strathspeys, marches and reels of the West Highlands and North-East of Scotland. Pete will examine bowing and left-hand techniques that generate the excitement and drive of this wonderful music.

Chris Haigh (Bar); Bluegrass fiddle (Intermediate-advanced)

For the first time at the London Fiddle Convention, Chris will be doing a bluegrass workshop. This will look at how to decorate a simple minor modal tune with bends and drones. This will be followed by chops, shuffles and licks, giving you an idea both how to provide backing, and to create a hot solo.



Pete Cooper (Storrow); American Old Time

(Intermediate/ Advanced level) The Appalachian Mountains region of the USA has a rich tradition of fiddle music combining British, Irish and West African influences. As well as exploring style and techniques, Pete will teach some classic Old Time tunes.

Gundula Gruen (Trefusis); children's fiddle for beginners

Fiddle Kids: Children’s Workshop (basic – very basic) This workshop is for beginners on the violin (violas and cellos also welcome) with a minimum of 3 months of regular lessons up to Grade 1 level. It aims to give a taste of making music together in a creative and joyful way.

Chris Haigh (bar); gypsy jazz

Intermediate-Advanced. Chris’s workshops on jazz are always very popular, demystifying the process of improvisation with an approach based on simple scales and licks. Fiddlers who have never tried jazz before will find themselves jamming freely within minutes, by following a simple set or rules and concepts.

Ben Pitt (Committee Room); gadulka and Bulgarian fiddle

An introduction to Bulgarian Fiddle style, traditionally performed on the Gadulka (Bulgarian traditional fiddle) focusing on modes, melodies and ornamentation that are at the heart of the style. This will be an intermediate to advanced class where we will focusing on learning by ear and understanding some of the key aspects that give Bulgarian Folk music its unique sound. All players welcome no prior knowledge of the style is necessary to join the workshop.


3.15pm – 4.15pm.

Tutors’ Concert 3.15pm – 4.15pm. Open and free to all workshop participants. This is designed to allow the tutors to briefly demonstrate what they have been doing in their workshops for the benefit of all the participants, rather than just those who attended their own.



Richard Roberts (Trefusis) ; amplification and electronics for the violin

Amplifying VIOLINS hosted by Richard from Sonic Violins. Richard has been learning the violin since 8 years of age, that’ll be 47 years then! 41 of those years have been spent plugging his violin into various amplifiers with differing results. Fortunately 27 of those years were spent working in engineering and the last 12 years have been dedicated to helping players with their on stage sound through Sonic Violins.

The discussion should include much of the following: • Why amplify? • Fundamental issues • Compromise OPTIONS - with demonstrations • Microphone on stand • Miniature microphone on instrument • Transducer on acoustic violin • Solid body electric violin PA, Amplifiers and Effects • How much power? • What effects work with a violin • Hearing protection


Nicolas Magriel (Committee Room); the Sarangi, and an introduction to north Indian melody for fiddlers.

In Indian music the tonal space between the notes is as important as the notes themselves. Emotional intensity comes from the myriad ways of sliding between the notes.

This workshop will begin with an introduction to the sarangi, a complex bowed instrument with 40-odd strings. Nicolas will then teach some exercises, raga scales and North Indian improvisations, giving a taste of the melodic nuances and brain work that underpin Indian art music. Intermediate to advanced level.


Gundula Gruen (Storrow); Hungarian Romani Fiddle

The Soul of Hungarian Gypsy Music In this workshop, we shall make our fiddles dance and cry with haunting Hungarian Romani music. Mostly by ear, we shall explore, how to bring the Gypsy soul into a piece by working on phrasing, tone production and embellishments, or simply by learning how to play with emotion on your instrument. Intermediate to advanced level.


Sam Proctor (bar); Irish fiddle

Ornamentation and Bowing for Irish Music Through learning two traditional Irish tunes, a jig and a reel, this workshop will over ornamentation techniques and bowing strategies for playing Irish music. The tunes will be taught ‘by ear’, although notation will be available. Suitable for all levels.