Projecting outwards…..

18th January 2012

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 […]

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Playing Perfect Fifths on the Violin

10th July 2010

Yesterday, I was asked to play the ‘Lark Ascending’ for violin and piano during a wedding ceremony, which appropriately enough, took place in Charterhouse School Chapel, where Ralph Vaughan Williams had been a pupil. It was a beautiful occasion and whilst we played it, the wedding guests sat spellbound. This is such an evocative piece […]

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Adjudicating a string prize….

17th May 2010

Yesterday, I did something that was completely new to me – I was asked to adjudicate a string competition at Charterhouse School, where I was a student in the late 1980s. I remember vividly entering this same competition myself as a teenager and playing the ‘Praeludium’ from Bach’s E major Partita (follow the link to […]

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Deputising for Violin Teaching….

4th April 2010

It’s always been the case that a lot of professional musicians regularly teach, work as session musicians as well as perform in string quartets and orchestras – either privately or at schools or music colleges. Due to the sometimes erratic nature of work, it’s not always 100% possible for full time players to meet their […]

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The Power of Words When Teaching a Stringed Instrument

6th March 2010

Over the last few years, in my own journey of learning the violin and the viola, I have been very privileged to take lessons with a wonderful teacher – the Hungarian violinist, Kato Havas. One aspect of her ‘New Approach to violin playing’ which has given me much to think about (especially with regard to the way […]

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About Manor House Music

Manor House Music is a wedding string quartet and duo consisting of some of the UK’s finest musicians. Founded in 2005, and based on the borders of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, we’ve now performed for over 800 weddings, corporate events and private functions. We combine a high quality of musical performance with a large repertoire of dynamic arrangements and a desire to work closely with clients to ensure that every detail is just right for your event.



Tel: 07870 171194