October 2013

It’s All Over!

A few months ago, my friend Michael Riley informed me of a great opportunity. Because of this, for the last month, my life has revolved around “The Boys From Syracuse”, which ran from 2nd-26th October.

I am sad to say that it is now the 27th October and therefore, the run has come to an end!

As I expected, the show was performed and run to an exceptionally professional level. The performers themselves were all very experienced in their field and the band members (Keyboard – Michael Riley, Drums – Richard Burden, Bass – Alex Bramwell, Violin – Myself!) were equally brilliant. We certainly made a good team!

The score, by Rodgers and Hart, was a joy to play. It had lovely melodies such as “The Shortest Day of The Year” which contrasted very much so with other up-beat songs such as “Sing for Your Supper” and “Oh Diogenes”. With such a variety of styles in one show, playing it every day never seemed the same!

The show begins with the line – “If it’s good enough for Shakespeare, it’s good enough for us!” And I’m sure we made him proud!

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Musicians Brains Sync Up During Duet

Earlier today I saw a link to this scientific study on Twitter. It’s fascinating to think that music can have such a profound effect on our bodies in so many different ways.

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The Suzuki Method

Shinichi Suzuki was born on this day in 1898, in Japan.

From a young age, up until I left for university, I learnt with the Suzuki Method (or philosophy) and looking back, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The involvement of my mother during each lesson was invaluable to my progression into the violinist I am today.

Here are the key elements of Suzuki:
- An early start (aged 3-4 is normal in most countries)
- The importance of listening to music
- Learning to play before learning to read
- The involvement of the parent
- A nurturing and positive learning environment
- A high standard of teaching by trained teachers
- The importance of producing a good sound in a balanced and natural way
- Core repertoire, used by Suzuki students across the world
- Social interaction with other children: Suzuki students from all over the world can communicate through the language of music

Leila Josefowicz started out with Suzuki and if watching a 9 year old play Wieniawski’s Tarantella isn’t enough to convince you of its brilliance, click here to see the website for the British Suzuki Institute.

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