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Ensembles & Orchestra

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We run Violin Ensembles throughout the year, as well as our popular twice-annual Violin Orchestra, for you to enjoy making music together with others.

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Christmas Orchestra 2017 – Registration now open! Click here for full information & booking

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One of the great things about playing the violin is that there are so many possibilities for making music together with others. Whether it’s duets, trios, quartets or larger chamber groups, we’ll provide coaching to give you the tools you need to perform successfully as an ensemble.

If you do not have a ready-formed group, we’ll help you to connect with other violinists of a similar experience level, as well as offering advice and suggestions as to the best repertoire for your group.

Our new Violin Ensemble sessions with Simon Hewitt Jones bridge the gap between Violin Orchestra projects, with a full afternoon of ensemble music making on Saturday afternoons.

It’s a great chance to connect with fellow players from ViolinSchool and the Violin Orchestra projects, whilst exploring a different kind of repertoire to the orchestra sessions. With smaller group sizes and more detailed, in-depth work on smaller-scale ensemble repertoire, you’ll have the opportunity to play in various groups, and meet lots of like-minded souls!

An Ensemble session will typically include:

  • group warm-ups and exercises
  • new music sight-reading session
  • rehearsal of ensemble pieces that you’re currently working on
  • play-throughs of ‘old’ ensemble repertoire (music that we’ve already played in previous sessions or in the Violin Orchestra) to keep it active in the fingers!
  • A performance class so that you can keep building up your performance experience. Play a solo to the other participants… or try out your own duos, trios, quartets and other ensemble music!
  • Some sessions will also feature extra creative music work, including improvisation, composition, transposition, musicianship and ear training, and more!

We wrap up most sessions with a short (15-20min) performance of what we’ve been working on that afternoon!

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Recommended Experience Levels: VS Curriculum level 1 & 2 to Advanced
(Recent beginners are welcome to come and listen, to get to know how the Ensemble sessions work!)

Venue: Sessions usually take place at St Gabriel’s Halls in Pimlico (or occasionally at other central London venues).

Class Leader: The class leader for the Violin Ensembles is Simon Hewitt Jones. On some weeks, sessions will be led by David Worswick.

Timing: Each Violin Ensemble session runs from 2pm to 5pm in the afternoon.

Class Fee: £29 for ViolinSchool members, £39 for non-members

Our next concert featuring Violin Ensembles takes place on Saturday 9th December 2017 @ The Warehouse in Waterloo, London. This Christmas, we’ll have much more scope to programme ensemble music than in previous years, because the traditional ‘solo’ section of the concert will be separated into a different event.

Therefore, get planning now, and start thinking ahead to the music you’d like to play! The Ensemble sessions take place throughout September and October on Saturday afternoons in Pimlico — see each Ensemble class in the list below, or click through to our Calendar page to browse the full schedule!

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Saturday 5th August – 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 19th August – 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 2nd September – 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 9th September – 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 16th September – 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 23rd September – 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 30th September – 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 14th October – 2pm to 5pm

New! – Saturday 21st October – 2pm to 5pm
Group Playing Workshop, Performance Class & Ensembles

New! Saturday 28th October – 2pm to 5pm
Group Playing Workshop, Performance Class & Ensembles

See full events schedule >>


Scroll down the page to book!

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The friendly orchestra for violinists of every age and level – The Violin Orchestra runs twice a year (Summer and Christmas), with 6 Saturday rehearsals culminating in an afternoon concert in Central London.

We perform exciting new arrangements and compositions, with multi-level ensemble parts to suit your technical experience, whether that’s open strings, first position only, or advanced.

Each week, we run a Performance Class from 2pm, where orchestra members can practise performing their pieces (solo or small ensemble) in front of a supportive, friendly audience.

From 3pm to 6pm, the Violin Orchestra rehearses together to prepare the repertoire for the concert (with a big break for tea & biscuits in the middle!). After 6pm, orchestra members can usually be found socialising in a nearby hostelry! 🙂

Full project information, including repertoire, venues and booking information, will be available in later Summer 2017 on this page.

Our next concert takes place on Saturday 9th December 2017 @ The Warehouse in Waterloo, London. The project begins on Saturday 21st November, with rehearsals every Saturday at 3pm-6pm.

There is also a performance class (2pm – 3pm) before each rehearsal, a fantastic opportunity to play in front of others and receive valuable coaching and feedback.

Booking information will be available soon, but in the meantime, you can take a look at the information page for our recent Summer 2017 orchestra, which is here: https://www.violinschool.com/violinorchestra

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New! – PRE-PROJECT WORKSHOPS

thinking of joining the orchestra? come along on these days!

New! – Saturday 21st October – 2pm to 5pm
Group Playing Workshop, Performance Class & Ensembles

New! – Saturday 28th October – 2pm to 5pm
Group Playing Workshop, Performance Class & Ensembles


REHEARSALS

Saturday 4th November
1-3pm Ensembles & Performance Class, 3pm-6pm Orchestra Rehearsal

Saturday 11th November
1-3pm Ensembles & Performance Class, 3pm-6pm Orchestra Rehearsal

Saturday 18th November
1-3pm Ensembles & Performance Class, 3pm-6pm Orchestra Rehearsal

Saturday 25th November
1-3pm Ensembles & Performance Class, 3pm-6pm Orchestra Rehearsal


SOLOS CONCERT & FINAL REHEARSAL DAY:

Saturday 2nd December – All Day, timings TBC


CONCERT:

2pm, Saturday 9th December at The Warehouse, Waterloo
10am Ensembles Rehearsals, 11.30am Orchestra Rehearsal (until 1pm)
2pm CONCERT, 4pm Christmas Party

See full schedule >>

Booking opens Wednesday 25th October 2017!

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