In London last week, I met Simon Hewitt Jones, founder of Violin School, London. You can hear Simon and his students in the short video posted above. Clearly passionate about teaching, Simon has launched his establishment at the emblematic address, Palace Street, a stones throw from the Windsor residence. The street is home also to the newly opened St James Theatre and there are charming coffee shops and pubs. The school uses some novel strategies to make it easy for adults to access tuition. Check out the Violin Fundamentals Workshop, a half day. which should get any aspiring string player up and running . Travelling by Ryanair? No Violin- No problem. Violin School will lend you one. Hewitt is also working on a set of e learning tools that no doubt will be a useful addition to the resource bank of string educators.
In the meantime, the string corps of Violin School are perfectly placed to nip around and offer a serenade when the royal baby comes to visit his great granny.
Thinned Down: Time Out
Marina Laslo at Pizza Express
We love jazz and we love pizza. Both at the same time and our cup runneth over. We enjoyed the Russian chanteuse, Marino Laslo at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on August 6th. You can read a recent Telegraph article about Marina Laslo here She was accompanied by a young quintet who I am guessing were local by their accents. They included piano bass and drums. and more unusually a violin and classical guitar. Ms Laslo looked on admiringly during the individual solo sections as if she was genuinely spellbound by the virtuosity of her accompanists
Opera Nova Debut at SJSS
My report on Britten's Curlew River at St John's, Smith Square here.
The Fellowship of the String A report from the London Fiddle Convention 2013
London Calling 2011 Cathy's Reviews Trip to London