Following on from last year’s Advanced Fiddle Weekend with Rowan Rheingans, this course – with both Rowan and Anna Rheingans – is for experienced violin players who wish to expand on their skills and deepen their personal style. We will learn some new repertoire together and do some smaller ensemble work, supporting individual players to further develop tone, technique, musicality and style.
Although the Rheingans Sisters’ playing and teaching is rooted in traditional European styles, this course is open to all advanced fiddle players.
This years’ two-tutor approach will allow for advanced workshops alongside a second steadier-paced group, exploring technique and repertoire from pan-European traditions, plus one-to-ones, a tutors’ gig, and some surprises!
Who’s it For?
This intensive weekend is aimed at more experienced fiddlers who want a challenge, to deepen their understanding and go further upon their musical journey. Participants should come with an open mind, a willingness to try new things, a supportive outlook and a willingness to work alone or in small groups. All tuition will be without written notation and there will be opportunities for performing.
Over the last six years, three critically acclaimed albums, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award (and two nominations), audiences across the UK, Europe and Australia have been captivated by The Rheingans Sisters’ unique expression of fiddle music.
Drawing on their pan-European musical scholarship (both have studied fiddle music in Scandinavia and Toulouse-based Anna is a specialist in Occitan traditions) and their spirited mission to make connections between the music of different geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and re-imagining of traditional fiddle tunes alongside their own beguiling compositions. Performing live, the sisters are inimitable: full-hearted performers and spontaneous, on-stage improvisers. Both are also skilled teachers – passionate and patient, brimming with enthusiasm for the possibilities of every tune and keen to share practical technique tips to improve and deepen fiddle playing in any tradition.