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Village Violin School News 12th September 2017


The first Village Violin School rehearsal of the year hit the ground running on the very first Tuesday of the new school term. Well done to everyone for making arrangements to be there!

There are now 26 members of Village Violin School, and in the 3.15 class we have 10 new Beginners, already holding their violins comfortably, plucking their strings, and playing three pieces along with the Beginner Buddies, and Gracie and Mila from the Improvers, who help me run this group. It’s a strong group of new starters and I have hopes for excellent progress. Play your violins for 10 minutes every day and that progress will certainly happen.

The Improvers (at 4.30) always lift my heart as I remember that they were all Beginners themselves only two years ago. Now all those children have passed ABRSM exams, all at Grade 1. This time, Dan and Laura each received Distinction for Grade 3 in July. Alice had a Distinction for Grade 2, Natalie also got Distinction for her Grade 1 and Lizzie, our Improver Buddy got a Merit for Grade 4. Jasmine, who helped us for 4 terms (I know many of you remember her well) got a Distinction for her Grade 7 exam. Following auditions she has now been offered the position of Principal Second Violin of the Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra.

We also have the opportunity of children attending the new Cadenza Youth Orchestra run by David Iles in Leamington. This is a non-auditioned group and some of the Improvers enjoyed the first rehearsal and will be going along regularly for a fun orchestral experience.

In the meantime, there are scales to be learned, new pieces to explore (we are enjoying learning Jupiter, from Holst’s The Planets Suite), and new folders to keep our music in. Oh, and custard creams to eat…

Happy Practising!





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


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