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Village Violin School News:  18th December 2017


The members of the Violin School have had a very busy term, with a HUGE Beginners Class, which is well-supported by a team of Buddies from last year’s Beginners and from the Improvers Classes.

They are making excellent progress and have already started using their left hand to learn new notes, a skill we usually progress to in January. Well done to them!


The Beginners and Improvers performed in separate school assemblies this term, and Laura, Emily and Dan were able to join us from their own schools. It is much appreciated that the Violin School project is valued and supported by all the schools with pupils attending.  The Violin School also played at the Dassett Christmas Fayre, and entertained parents and visitors with a selection of tunes and pieces the groups have been working on during the term and a variety of Christmas Carols.

This term, Mila, Emily Russell, Gracie, Olivia, Anna (Grade 2) and Zoe (Grade 1) all worked hard to prepare for their ABRSM exams and we are awaiting results. Well done to them for their excellent performances on the day.


This term I have been really impressed by the team spirit and support that the players offer to each other at weekly rehearsals and at times when someone is experiencing difficulty. There have been many instances of great care and thoughtfulness for each other. Well done to all of you for your kindness. It’s not just about how to play the violin, but also about how we all experience the activity.

I would like to thank Sarah Grant for taking pictures and videos and looking after the blog page. Please check this out at: Also, thanks to Frances Scott-Brown, Lizzie Postins and Amy Alyward for joining in on the piano, violin and cello, to Karl Hine for putting the newsletter and photos on the website and to Mrs Hine for enabling the project to go ahead.

Next term brings preparation for our Big Concert on Friday 26th January at 7.00pm at The Dassett School. There are not many weeks to go, so please keep up your DAILY practice and note the date in your new diaries! The next Violin School session is on Tuesday 9th January at your normal class time.

Some players will also be going to The Croft School Orchestra Day on Sunday 4th March. Next term we will be learning the music for this event.


Christmas is coming up, and I wish everyone a really lovely break in the meantime.






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


Beginners' Assembly Performance November 2017

Improvers' Assembly Performance December 2017

Performing at The Dassett C of E School's Christmas Fayre 2017

Village Violin School - Set Sail to Sea

Review of the Spring Sing