Foot tapping fiddle music for that feel-good feeling!
If you're a violinist or rhythm instrumentalist who is looking for a friendly music group in Leeds where you get together to rehearse each week and perform regularly at events, read on to see if the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group is for you!
1 St Mark's Avenue
Leeds LS2 9BN
• 1 mile (1.6km) north of city centre
• opposite the University of Leeds
• main road location
• ample free private car parking
• frequent bus service
• disabled access facilities
Leeds Folk Fiddle Group warming up for a concert at St James' Church, Leeds
Leeds Folk Fiddle Group rehearsing at the Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, Leeds
The fee for fiddle players is £6 per session and £4 for other instrumentalists. A limited number of concessionary fees is available on request.
The fee covers the room hire, all sheet music, coaching for fiddle players, miscellaneous expenses and participation in gigs. It is payable in advance as a block of 10 via cash at the first meeting or by bank transfer.
Several violinists have learnt to play folk music in the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group and have gone on to become well-established folk musicians.
Owen Spafford and Lizzie Morris perform solo and in bands, and also have a folk programme together on the internet radio station East Leeds FM.
Another talented young player was Abigail Webster who also regularly plays with her folk band now.
If you're at least Grade 4-5 on violin, or are a confident rhythm player on any other instrument and would like to join the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group, either send the adjacent contact form or leave a message on Iveta's mobile phone - 07547 112171.
The Leeds Folk Fiddle Group performs on a regular basis, so it's important that members are able to attend the weekly rehearsals and perform at as many of the gigs as possible. It's a team event so if being part of a friendly and focussed team of musicians appeals to you, the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group would like to hear from you!
Leeds Folk Fiddle Group at the Real Food Ilkley Market
Experience at playing folk music is not necessary as the leader of the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group gives training in playing folk music (see Group Coaching below). In fact it is more useful if violinists are classically trained, have travelled at least part-way through the grade system (Grade 4-5 minimum) and can easily read a music score.
The repertoire of the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group is very varied, so players need to be adaptable as other styles and genres such as Klezmer, Gypsy, jazz and swing are played as well as traditional folk music. Have a look at the Repertoire page to see examples of the music played by the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group.
The Leeds Folk Fiddle Group is led by an experienced and skilled violin teacher, Iveta Hlavenkova, the founder of Leeds Violin School. Iveta teaches the violinists in the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group the correct techniques for playing folk music on the violin, and all instrumentalists benefit from playing different folk styles and genres with members of a group. Extra lessons can be given on an individual basis if required.
Iveta provides all the sheet music and also arranges for the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group to perform regularly at local folk and community venues. Experienced performers also have the opportunity for solo performances.
The Leeds Folk Fiddle Group holds rehearsals at 7pm to 8.15pm each Thursday during term times at the Yorkshire College of Music & Drama.
Membership of the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group is open to players of all ages. Talented younger players are encouraged to join the junior section where they are offered simplified parts. If they can meet the requirements, they are given the opportunity to perform with the group and to join the pre-gig rehearsals. In this way, younger players gain valuable experience, both musical and social, playing alongside Leeds Folk Fiddle Group musicians.