Search

Budding young Holt violinists get top tips from the professionals in national music scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:12 13 February 2017

Young members of violin group Holt Strings, who worked with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Young members of violin group Holt Strings, who worked with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Archant

A group of budding young violinists had a chance to hone their skills with musicians from one of the country’s top chamber orchestras, as part of an arts scheme hosted by North Norfolk District Council and a string of local organisations.

Young members of violin group Holt Strings, who worked with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL Young members of violin group Holt Strings, who worked with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The youngsters are part of the Holt Strings, an 11-strong violin group led by Norfolk Music Service teacher Joanna Clinton and made up of pupils from north Norfolk schools at Holt, Corpusty, Sheringham, Fakenham and Stibbard.

Young members of violin group Holt Strings working with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL Young members of violin group Holt Strings working with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The group meets weekly at Holt Primary School, where they were put through their paces by City of London Sinfonia violinist Rebecca Scott-Smissen and viola player Matt Maguire ahead of a concert staged by the orchestra at St Andrew’s Church in the town.

Young members of violin group Holt Strings, who worked with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL Young members of violin group Holt Strings, who worked with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The pair’s visit, which was arranged by Phil Barrett of north Norfolk children’s arts charity Falcon, was part of a scheme run by Orchestras Live, a national music charity working with some of the country’s top musicians and local partners to deliver orchestral projects to rural and socially isolated areas all over the country.

Mr Barrett, who is a poet and former head of art at London-based specialist music school, said the scheme gave young people a “fantastic chance to hear quality music played by professionals”.

He added: “For us, it is about bringing great opportunities to children who might otherwise not get them and, what is also nice, is that the whole group got free tickets to the concert.”

North Norfolk District Council, which has been part of the project since 2012, this year hosted a trio of concerts, the final one of which will see Derbyshire-based orchestra Sinfonia Viva perform at Sheringham Little Theatre on March 4.

Councillor Becky Palmer, who is cabinet member for culture said: “This year’s concert series contiues to make a major contribution to the cultural life of the district and firmly underlines North Norfolk District Council’s commitment to the arts.”

Sinfonia Viva will be performing Flights of Fancy, featuring der Freischuts, by Carl Maria von Weber, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with narration by Simon Hollingworth, at Sheringham Little Theatre on March 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £18 adults (£12 under 16s) are available from the box office on 01263 822347 or online at sheringhamlittletheatre.com

For more information about Falcon concerts and events, visit www.falcon-norfolk.org.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Norfolk News visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Norfolk News staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Norfolk News account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

11:22

A boy has broken both his wrists and ankle after falling from a sea wall.

10:12

Vulnerable young people who are exploited by London gangs to transport drugs into Norfolk should be treated as victims, rather than criminals, according to the NSPCC.

Yesterday, 20:11

North Norfolk music festival Rock Bodham kicked off in style today, in spite of cloudy skies and the threat of rain.

Yesterday, 16:11

They have a reputation for secrecy, funny handshakes and strange initiation ceremonies but, to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first ever Masonic Grand Lodge, Sheringham Freemasons gave everyday folk open access to their shadowy world.

Most Read

Fri, 17:00

She was the wise washerwoman of Irstead whose predictions, proverbs and observations were shared across Norfolk in the late 1700s and early to mid 1800s.

Read more
Weird Norfolk
11:22

A boy has broken both his wrists and ankle after falling from a sea wall.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:11

North Norfolk music festival Rock Bodham kicked off in style today, in spite of cloudy skies and the threat of rain.

Read more
Fri, 18:31

“Fantastic” pupils, supportive parents and a strong sense of camaraderie among staff are key to a successful school according to teacher Jon Pigney, who retired at the end of the summer term after 29 years at Sheringham Primary.

Read more
Norwich
Yesterday, 16:11

They have a reputation for secrecy, funny handshakes and strange initiation ceremonies but, to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first ever Masonic Grand Lodge, Sheringham Freemasons gave everyday folk open access to their shadowy world.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 14°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Norfolk News e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter