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Village Violin School News:  1st July 2018



As the final Violin School session approaches on Tuesday, I am writing with huge pride at the recent achievements of all our violinists this year.

In addition to the ongoing daily practice and preparation for lessons that the children are doing, there are weekly rehearsals at The Dassett School, kindly offered by Mrs Hine and the staff, some children now go to orchestra rehearsals in Leamington, to a Youth Orchestra run by David Iles, Cadenza. (Please ask me for details if you are interested.)

Many of the children took ABRSM violin exams this year and those who have just had excellent results are: Dan Patten Distinction at Grade 4, Emily Russell Distinction at Grade 3, Alice Wright Merit at Grade 3, Natalie Page Merit at Grade 2 and Charlie Ulyett Distinction at Grade 1. Lizzie Postins takes Grade 5 on Wednesday.

The Village Violin School Beginners, with Dan, Laura, Emily, Olivia and Zoe played Tiny Tunes at the Leamington Spa Competitive Festival on 16th June. We had a great afternoon, rehearsing and watching other violin players too. The performance went really with everyone doing their very best and our group was awarded joint First Prize and the Twentyman Trophy to be shared with the North Birmingham Suzuki Group. We had some lovely comments from Hilary Sturt, the adjudicator. She also did an impromptu listening and playing exercise with all the young violinists which was fun and we are using it in our sessions on Tuesdays. It was such a enjoyable and worthwhile event. Well done to everyone!

The Village Violin School Improvers took part in the Composition Class at the Leamington Spa Competitive Festival on 30th June and I am also delighted to announce that we were awarded joint First Place and the James Barralet Trophy for the outstanding performance of our own composition, 'Dazzle' (2018).

This piece has three sections:


1. Illusion by Dan

2. Reflection by Laura

3. Jubilation by Olivia, Alice, Emily R, Natalie, Una, Emily H, Gracie, Mila, Anna, Charlie, Mikey and Zoe


Oliver Francis's Prelude for solo piano was the well-deserved joint winner. Oliver is a sixth form student in Solihull.


I am exceptionally proud of all the members of the Village Violin School groups for their hard work, commitment and superb performances over the year and we deserve our success this term.

Well done to each and every one of the players and the supporters behind the scenes. Thank you.








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


Joint First Place and the James Barralet Trophy

Joint First Place and the James Barralet Trophy 1

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