22nd December 2018
Hello Everyone and Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist. I can’t believe that Christmas is only three days away! I hope you’ve done all your Christmas shopping and are ready for the big day. I’ve certainly left things a little bit too last minute this year.. But after a trip to York I’m just about ready.
As the Christmas holidays begin, my diary is a little bit more free. Giving me some time to relax, catch up on sleep, continue some relaxed practice but most importantly enjoy this festive period with family and friends. After Christmas, I will also be preparing and getting everything ready with my parents for the Great Bowden Music Fest presents: ‘A flavour of Vienna’ concert on New Year’s Day at 3:30pm in the Great Bowden Parish Church. The programme will feature some popular works and some enjoyable extras. Tickets are nearly sold out but there are still some left. If you would like to attend go to www.greatbowdenmusicfest.co.uk to find out how to grab your tickets.
As you all know, I love playing chamber music, and am always delighted to get into a group and learn some wonderful repertoire with my friends and colleagues. I had an opportunity to get together with my piano trio, the Alegría Trio during the last two weekends before the end of term with pianist Imy Luc and cellist Lizzie Elliott.
We worked on the Schubert B flat trio which is one of my favourite works in the piano trio repertoire (How could it not be?!). This work is unbelievably hard to play, it feels extremely uncomfortable and never seems to get easier, but that didn’t stop us from getting a fantastic start to discovering this piece. What is so great about playing with the Alegría trio is that although it’s been a few months that we’ve played together since Lizzie went off to study her masters at the Royal Academy of Music, we have had over three years worth of chamber music experience together which makes putting any work together incredibly straightforward.
It was a really positive experience having spent nearly ten hours together in two weekends. We’re currently looking at our plans for playing together in the future. Stay tuned and I will keep you updated with everything we're up to.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I will be back after the New Year, but before then please leave a comment in the comments section. It’s always really lovely to hear your voices.
All the best for the new year and see you all in 2019 :)
P.S. I’ve made some changes to my page this week, to make it easier for you to comment on the bottom of my site, if you would like to see some of my previous posts I’ve put them under individual pages.