Peter Knight is a magician. His Masterclass had his audience and participants hypnotised. He took us all back to the basics of making music together, not with a tune, but with a single sound. I have no clue as to why my tears started to flow when it was over, but I knew that the very essence of my musicality had been changed by Peter.

Sian Phillips, Director, Fiddle Festival of Britain

Up Next...

The Next Scheduled Cotswold Masterclass

23rd and 24th of February 2018

The Village Hall, Lower Oddington, Gloucestershire

All Places Are Now Reserved

To join the waiting list or to register your interest in future courses please write to Deborah Knight at

This Year, my special guest is John Spiers.

What to Expect


"I have to say that the recent workshop Peter gave us on aspects of improvisation within traditional music is quite simply the best I have ever experienced within our genre. It left our student body - excellent players themselves, and hard to impress - both amazed and excited, and has already resulted in several serious new directions of study, particularly for our fiddle players"

Brian McNeill, Musician and former Head of Traditional Music, Glasgow Academy of Music

 "Peter, you are not only an inspiring musician, but a truly inspiring master teacher. I said at the start of the weekend that I wanted to restore my love for the violin. Well, through your wonderful teaching, guidance, inspiration, gentle challenges, ability to push me beyond my self-imposed boundaries and your warm friendship, my love affair with the instrument has become a passion like never before. Thank you so much! I have learned not only new technical skills, but how to find a new integrity and dynamic in my music” 

Stephen Makin

“Why have I returned to Oddington every year for five years, to be part of this masterclass?

The reason is that, if music is important to you, this is an exceptional opportunity.

Peter’s approach goes way beyond passing on a few tips to help us copy elements of his playing - and there’s certainly no note-bashing or teaching of trademark tunes. It is much deeper than that.

Peter is on a mission to help each of us, from beginners to advanced players, to explore and build our own musical vocabularies and put a bit of ourselves into every note we play. If being the best we can involves dealing with technical issues, other barriers or learning new techniques, he doesn’t let that go. He helps us out, kindly and sensitively.

He also gives generously of his own experience and wisdom, freely sharing with us the journey he has taken to become the great musician that he is today.

Laughter and inspiration are guaranteed, and there are sometimes a few tears, too.

In this sleepy Cotswold village, Peter and Deborah create an annual weekend oasis of trust, inspiration and friendship - a ‘safe’ environment where we can enjoy exploring our musical identities, taking risks and making new discoveries about the way our playing can grow and what it can become. I am very grateful to them both for that”

Fran Broady (Judy Dyble’s Band of Perfect Strangers)

“Thank you - huge thank you from somewhere deep down- for a fantastic weekend.

The areas which we explored and discovered over these two days were beautifully balanced in terms of when the happened during the weekend- lots about improvisation on Saturday with the evening with Trevor when people and the chance to delve deeper into that, and then some focus on rhythm and particular issues people wanted to find out about on Sunday. And I loved the way you rounded things off with talking about the place that the music comes from for each one of us

Not only a Masterclass in our relationship with music and out fiddle playing, but also a Masterclass in the art of teaching, sharing and enabling others to shine by having such good intentions for them. You really do love the folk you teach - and there really is no other way to do it. Thank you for being able to put yourself in the place to do this”

Christine Adams  (Fiddle and Faff)

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