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Subject: Violin » Classical Violin
Last updated: 19/10/2015
Tags: musical communities, other countries, touring, travelling

Standing on my local platform, Southport, waiting for the Manchester train, bright autumn sun streaking across the pavement warming up the air, I am reminded strongly of the last occasion I stood here. It was 6.00am and I was with a group of sleepy-eyed, excited teenagers and parents with younger children on our way to Manchester airport, off on tour to Finland!

Casting my mind back over 35 years in the music profession I am reminded of my own first adventure. Bidding my father goodbye at Heathrow before boarding a flight north to my first job as rank and file viola player in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Traveling and music making with people from different countries and communities is one of the best things about being involved in music. Whether it is your local Gospel Choir, Youth Orchestra, Salvation Army Band, Church Folk Group or amateur orchestra the excitement and anticipation of a trip somewhere is irresistible. Rehearsing together for performances in new venues, Churches, Schools, Concert Halls or Band Stands focuses the group bringing the participants together in a common purpose.

Forming links with musical communities from other countries as I did with Southport String Ensemble on our first tour to the small town of Eching, just outside Munich is a wonderful experience. Here we combined with the Eching Musikschule performing string music by Gabrielli, Corelli and Elgar together. The following summer we welcomed the Eching Youth Orchestra to Southport, welcoming them into our homes and giving them a great tour of Liverpool and West Lancashire.

Now, after having toured to Prague, Tuscany, Austria, Budapest, Amsterdam, Baden Baden and even the Isle of Wight over the last 16 years and following on from our recent tour to Finland, we are preparing to welcome a group of young string players from Helsinki to Southport.

Time spent playing music with friends over a cup of tea or a glass of wine is one of the best recommendations I can give to anyone who is looking for a reason to start learning an instrument. Getting into the car, coach, train or aeroplane and going somewhere new to play is the icing on the cake, so exciting!


Sarah Marks Classical Violin Teacher (Preston)

About The Author

I love playing my violin/viola. I play a variety of styles from Classical to Folk and some jazz.
I teach people from all backgrounds whoever they are.
I am interested in helping everyone discover a way into music making.

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