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Blogs Monday, 06 September 2010

And the winner is...

Matthew Rye reveals the winning quartets at Banff

For only the second time in its 27-year history, the Banff International String Quartet Competition has been won by a Canadian quartet. The Cecilia Quartet beat eight other rivals from Europe and North...

Blogs Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Postcard from Banff

Matthew Rye settles in among the elk in the run-up to the string quartet competition

‘What, no food now?’ An audience member overheard at the end of the first evening of the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) jokes to a friend that being here is ...

Blogs Thursday, 19 August 2010

Sports psychology at the ESTA conference

Ariane Todes discovers that string players can learn from golfers

I've just come out of a fascinating talk at the European String Teachers Association conference in Cheltenham. Karen O'Connor from the Birmingham Conservatoire talked about some of the things that string...

Blogs Thursday, 12 August 2010

Random play at the Proms

Ariane Todes asks if classical music is learning from the MP3 shuffle setting

I know it’s rude to stare at people who are different. But at last night’s BBC Proms concert I couldn’t take my eyes off the left-handed cellist at the back of the Danish National ...

Blogs Wednesday, 04 August 2010

Violins on fire

Ariane Todes visits the Cambridge Folk Festival

I’m just back from the Cambridge Folk Festival, where fiddles were truly on fire, despite heavy rain on Saturday night. Seth Lakeman played some songs from his latest album, Hearts and Minds, ...

Blogs Friday, 23 July 2010

Running violinists and dashing cellists

David Kettle goes in pursuit of masked string players at the opera

If you think the life of an orchestral string player is tough enough, at least when they’re performing they normally get a comfortable seat in a brightly lit hall under the gaze of a welcoming...

Blogs Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Top violin teaching secret revealed

Editor Ariane Todes learns of a simple idea that offers a powerful teaching tool

I’m just off the phone from a really fascinating conversation with Danish violinist Elisabeth Zeuthen for our September Ask the Teacher column. Zeuthen is responsible for the string pedagogy course...

Blogs Thursday, 22 April 2010

Why are Proms string players like policemen?

Performers seem to get younger and younger, according to Ariane Todes

The Proms programme has been announced ( and as ever it’s an enticing bunch of interesting stuff. But is it just a sign of my increasing age, or are Proms string...

Blogs Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Have you been affected by the Icelandic fog?

Ariane Todes asks if string players deal with adversity particularly well

It just took me 32 hours to get home from a holiday in Asturias, Spain, an epic journey that involved a combination of van, ferry, taxi, train, and lots of sugar and coffee. In the scheme of things ...

Blogs Thursday, 01 April 2010

Where's Gene Kelly when you need him?

Ariane Todes is left unmoved by classical ballet

I just don’t get classical ballet. I have tried, really. Last night I went to see the Royal Ballet performing a triple bill choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. The first piece was set to Shostakovich&rsquo...

viola stolen!
I had my viola stolen last week from Liverpool. Label has: Aubrey J. Tarr 1974...
violin blocks
I have an old unlabled violin and I have noticed 4 small blocks about5cm square...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
serene violin solo pre-1917
Hi folks. For a story I'm writing I'd like suggestions for the most serene and...
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