Village Violin School News: 26th March 2018
I can hardly believe that the last newsletter I wrote was in 2017! This term has been characterised to some degree by snowy weather and, in my case, a long-lasting nasty virus which knocked my energy levels and I have been remiss in keeping the newsletter up-to-date, which is not to say that nothing has been going on. The hard work continued and the custard creams kept coming on Tuesday afternoons despite everything!
The Orchestra Afternoon at the Croft School was postponed because of the snowy roads but I was very pleased that a new date has been arranged for Sunday 29th April. I am very much looking forward to hearing the violinists playing the music which they worked hard to learn for the original date.
Una, Michael and Charlie have made excellent progress and, following our fantastic and well-attended Violin School Concert on 26th January, are now playing in the Improvers Group, which was delighted to have some new players also including Chandima Dutton, who was inspired to come and join in. Her own violin, having been neglected for a few years, is now being repaired and we are pleased that she will be joining the Village Violin School. New members of all ages are always welcome.
ABRSM results have been excellent:
Zoe got a Merit for her Grade 1, Olivia and Gracie got Merit for their Grade 2 Violin exams in December. Anna, Mila and Emily R got Distinctions for their Grade 2 exams, also in December.
The most recent violin exam results were from Emily H, who got a Distinction for her Grade 1 and Laura Scott-Brown who got a Distinction for her Grade 4. All these violinists worked very hard and deserved their good results. I am very proud of them. There will be a group of violinists preparing exams this summer, including Lizzie (Grade 5), Dan (Grade 4) Alice (Grade 3) and Charlie, Michael and Una (Grade1).
The Beginners are making good progress also – they will be taking part in the Leamington Spa Competitive Festival in June, along with those Improvers who are not away on a residential trip that weekend. They are entered in the Group Class, all playing together. Then there is a second entry later in June for the Composing Class, at which we will present a piece written and performed by the Improvers. Dan and Laura have already made a great contributions to this event – Dan’s piece, Illusions, is finished, and was performed in January, Laura’s is well underway, and Zoe has made a good start to her part in the project.
Sarah and Paul Grant kindly made a dvd of the concert in January which is a wonderful memento of an evening that demonstrated some of the achievements of the Violin School players of all ages. It’s available for a small charge. Please do contact Mrs Hine or Sarah Grant if you would like one. They make excellent presents for family and supportive friends. I continue to be very proud of what we are all achieving and very much appreciate the tremendous teamwork and friendships that are developing between everyone involved.
Happy practising over the Easter break!
Village Violin School is a community project run by professional violinist and teacher Veronique Matarasso. It offers free group violin tuition on Tuesday afternoons.
Participants learn the violin together in the appropriate group and instruments are lent in return for a small deposit and an undertaking to practise daily so that excellent progress is maintained. The aim of this project is to offer the opportunity to all to learn to play the violin, read music, work and play together and have fun, at no cost.
Beginners Class 3.15 – 4.15
Improvers Class 4.30 – 5.30
Veronique Matarasso MA(Mus Ed) LRAM – Course Director
Lizzie Postins – Assistant
Deborah Lea – Technical Assistant
Frances Scott Brown and Amy Aylward - Violin, Cello and Piano Volunteers
Enquiries to Veronique on 07899 927642