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Archive for January, 2012

Dvorak Romance in F minor for Violin and Orchestra

On Sunday the 15th January, I took part in the fourth annual OCMS Orchestral Day, held at Charterhouse School in Surrey. Each year, past pupils from Charterhouse who have either gone on to become professional musicians or continued to play to a good amateur standard meet at the school and spend an afternoon preparing for […]

Projecting outwards…..

I had a wonderful violin lesson on Monday with Kato Havas where everything I’d learned seemed to come together. The ‘giving’ left hand she speaks of, with the performer thinking in terms of three intervals with the fingers ‘gliding’ into the notes, one finger preparing for the next in perpetuity; and the right arm with […]

Playing it by Ear…..

Playing in a string quartet can be one of the most satisfying ways of making music. All four parts have the opportunity to be ‘heard’ (as opposed to an orchestral string section where this rarely happens), yet there is a constant blending and give and take. The other three parts assume a role more important […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas……

When I came to choose and arrange the carols for the second volume ‘It Came Upon The Midnight Clear’, one of the first pieces I wrote down was ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ – a traditional and well loved melody that could be arranged in an inventive and entertaining way for strings, making  use of various playing techniques for […]

Wedding at Le Manoir, Great Milton

On Thursday December 29th, we performed our last wedding of 2011 at one of our favourite local venues – Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire. As the couple were getting married in the Milton Suite, a string duo was perfect for this intimate space with 45 guests present. We were able to […]