Fiddle Time 20th anniversary
In 1998 we published the first editions of Fiddle Time Starters, Joggers and Runners. We had written a dozen or so pieces for a junior string ensemble in Oxfordshire and sent them to Oxford University Press to see if they were interested. They were, and the request came back to write lots more pieces in three books! It’s been a pleasure and delight to build the series since then into a suite of books from beginners to Grade 8, and we thank the many teachers and students who have supported our work, in the UK, across Europe and around the world. We should also like to thank Martin Remphry for his inspired illustrations and the staff at OUP for all their meticulous care in publishing our books.
One of the joys of writing Fiddle Time has been the chance to get involved with the European String Teachers Association (ESTA), and we’re grateful to the UK branch and many others for their interest and support. 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!
Where next? We have a number of ideas for future projects, but we’d love to hear from you. If there are particular books or areas of string music you’d like to see, do please contact us.
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.
OUP have plans for new videos, anniversary gifts and other promotional ideas – all these will be advertised and linked from here in due course.