Vanessa White


Blog Entries - March 2019

Great Bowden Music Fest

16th March 2019


Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist. It’s the middle of March already, how does time fly by? Now is the time where things get even more busy as the weeks progress.. But I believe its always good to stay busy.

Today I wanted to talk about the Great Bowden Music Fest. Those of you that don’t know very much about the festival it was started in 2014 by my father Christopher White and since then has become more successful every year. The festival takes place during four days over the first weekend in July and we provide around seven concerts during the weekend varying from chamber, to bigger string groups through to musicals and jazz. The week leading up to it and the festival itself never fails to be the best week of my year. It’s really exciting for me as a young musician at the start of her career to be able to work side by side with my father and his colleagues all with busy musical careers to playing and working with my friends and colleagues from college. The best part is we all get on so well so performing side by side with these musicians of different age groups is really exciting and inspirational.

More about the summer festival to follow but since then the festival has grown and we’ve been able to create some one off concerts at other parts of the year. One being the New Years Day concert celebrating music from Vienna and other popular tunes. But in two weeks time Great Bowden Music Fest presents ‘The Carnival of the Animals’. This is a particularly special concert for me as I’ve been able to be in charge of organising this concert. As part of my final year at the RNCM I have to do a module titled ‘Creative Project’ which can be anything from putting on a concert to putting on workshops. I chose to use the Great Bowden Music Fest which has become such an inspirational part of my life and career and put on a concert of a work that is very popular but also will be very fun to perform with other musicians. The first half of the concert will feature popular showpieces, I will be performing Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy.

The concert takes place in just under two weeks time on Friday the 29th of March and there are still tickets available. If you want an evening of stunning music that is both popular and performed by a variety of different musicians this is the concert for you. On top of this, I’ve spent months editing and putting information together with CD companies and a designer to create a CD celebrating five years of the Great Bowden Music Fest. The CDs arrived this week and they look and sound excellent and will be launched at the concert on the 29th of March. If you would like to buy a CD please message me and I can arrange this for you. They’re priced at £10.

This CD really does showcase the past five years of some of my most inspirational performances.

I look forward to seeing you all at the concert on the 29th of March.

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So Much to Achieve!

2nd March 2019


Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist. It’s been really nice to see some blue skies and a lot of sun over the past week or so! I don’t know about you but it certainly made me feel a lot more positive about my days even if I was busy working.

So just a short post today. Firstly is everyone else happy that we’ve made it to March? I am really happy but this means that things get a little bit more busy for me as the month progresses.

This week alone I’ve had recordings, applications for some future opportunities, presentations at college and all sorts. Now I have to prepare for two big concerts this month as well as another ‘Future Thinking’ trip somewhere to try out some potential teachers. On top of all of this I have a couple of new ventures that require a lot of planning and organising time. So how on earth do I keep going on a 12 hour day long timetable?

Being a young musician at the start of her career is tough. The amount of practice that has to be done alone is a lot. But this is only a small part of it… Ultimately, musicians have to be their own business. Marketing themselves, not letting any opportunity float away and most importantly if there’s any kind of venture that could help with the development of your playing career you have to do it.

Some people tell me I’m mad for the amount of work I put on myself and they’re right. But my ultimate goal is the become the best violinist I can and be able to perform wherever possible. So creating opportunities for myself is necessary.

How do I fit this all in? I ask myself this every day! Somehow it just works. It takes planning out your schedule very clearly, not being afraid to ask friends and family for help and most importantly in your schedule still finding the time to shut down and not think about work to rejuvenate your brain. Of course getting enough sleep is important, but going for a coffee with a friend or even seeing a friend face for 20 minutes in between activities is really beneficial.

I’m so grateful that I have such a great group of friends that I can ask for their help or their company whenever I need it and of course a really supportive family that are always on the end of the phone to help me when I’m too stressed to deal with it on my own.

I hope you enjoyed my post today and if you have any tips on how you stay on track with a busy schedule let me know in the comments section below.

See you next time :)

Who's that? This is Mimi who is my number one best practice companion to easily relax me