Fiddle Time 20th anniversary

Visit the OUP website for a celebration of this anniversary here.

In 1998 we published the first editions of Fiddle Time Starters, Joggers and Runners, and grateful thanks to Paul Keene, our first editor at Oxford University Press, for his interest and support. It’s been a pleasure and delight to build the series into a suite of books from beginners to Grade 8 over the last 20 years, and we thank the many teachers and students who have supported our work.

One of the joys of writing Fiddle Time has been the chance to get involved with the European String Teachers Association (ESTA). Particular thanks to Phil, John and Steve at ESTA UK, our many friends in ESTA The Netherlands (and Petra and Marijn for their Dutch translations of songs from Starters), Clarissa, Jorges, Rita Mendes and many others at ESTA Portugal, and Kristian Kolman at ESTA Slovenia. For string teaching ideas, fine concerts, food and drink and European camaraderie, ESTA conferences are second to none!

We’ve often written string pieces based on folk tunes of the European countries we’ve visited, and if you haven’t already done so, do take a look at these pieces on our Downloads page and try them out. This page has other pieces, scale accompaniments and games, all available to download free and use.

And finally, do share with us any thoughts, memories, videos, memorable concerts linked with Fiddle Time that you’d like to tell us about. Please like our Facebook page and keep enjoying the music! Your support has made it all worthwhile.

Kathy and David

See the full range of Fiddle Time books here