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    Opinion: Defining relevance

    2020-12-24T09:00:00Z

    Classical musicians can feel concerned about their lack of consequence in the ‘real’ world. But, as the pandemic has shown, the art form is needed now more than ever – and it’s up to performers to make the case, writes Andrew Mellor

  • BeingConnscious
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    Opinion: Being conscious

    2020-11-17T14:46:00Z

    Developing musical potential requires a real sense of critical awareness as students grow, writes cellist Cecilia Radic

  • Exams
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    Should music tuition revolve around passing exams?

    2020-11-12T13:48:00Z

    Toby Deller argues that young instrumental players should be inspired by fulfilling experiences

  • PikeChandos
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    Opinion: Original and the best?

    2020-11-05T16:15:00Z

    Scouring the archives for early drafts is fine in the name of research, but when it comes to performance, the composer’s revised version is usually the more satisfying option, writes Charlotte Gardner 

  • LeonBoschMasterclass
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    Opinion: Wise words

    2020-09-28T11:13:00Z

    Masterclasses should be special forums in which great artists impart the insight and knowledge they have acquired over a lifetime, writes double bassist Leon Bosch

  • Beginner violin lessons
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    Opinion: A light touch

    2020-08-20T15:36:00Z

    Learning to play harmonics early on has many potential benefits for beginner string players, as Naomi Yandell observes

  • Beethoven1
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    Beethoven’s music is especially appropriate in the time of Covid-19

    2020-07-29T09:57:00Z

    Beethoven has been denied his year of celebration by the coronavirus pandemic. But, writes Toby Deller , his ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’ is an emblem for the current crisis

  • PatKop
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    Opinion: From the Heart

    2020-07-20T10:17:00Z

    In the Covid-19 crisis, musicians have begun to film their playing from home. Andrew Mellor asks whether these raw and sometimes less-than-pristine performances have killed off classical music’s ‘cult of perfection’

  • Music Lesson
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    Opinion: Best of both worlds

    2020-07-10T12:02:00Z

    If we work together and communicate effectively there is no reason why a student cannot benefit from lessons with more than one instrumental tutor, writes Celia Cobb

  • 3588_ulster_orchestra
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    After Corona, pay inequality among musicians will be unsustainable

    2020-07-08T12:30:00Z

    The great disparity in wages between soloists and rank-and-file musicians has been highlighted by the Covid-19 crisis, writes Andrew Mellor

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    Opinion: Mind the gap

    2020-06-09T16:23:00Z

    For classical music students, bridging the divide between training and employment is often a case of being entrepreneurial, writes Jacqueline Vanasse

  • The Long and Short of it
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    Opinion: The long and short of it

    2020-05-21T10:45:00Z

    Using short bows when teaching beginner string players is a useful practice that should be more widespread, writes cellist Naomi Yandell

  • Yoda cello illustration
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    Opinion: The Wisdom of Yoda

    2020-04-03T13:53:00Z

    In the Star Wars universe, Jedi Master Yoda is the ultimate teacher – and his insights can be applied just as readily to string playing as to learning the ways of the Force, writes cellist Brian Hodges

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    Opinion: Go your own way

    2020-03-13T13:08:00Z

    Musicians today are encouraged to play it safe by a recording culture that encourages perfect homogeneity. But, writes violist Paul Neubauer, it is still possible for individuality to thrive

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    Opinion: In the Public Eye

    2020-02-14T12:01:00Z

    The primary purpose of a musician is to be heard by an audience – yet so many performers are self-conscious about the idea of their practice being observed and judged. Perhaps it’s time to practise out in the open, writes Toby Deller

  • DollarSign
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    Is it ever acceptable for professional musicians to play for free?

    2019-12-13T15:00:00Z

    Hazel Davis asks string players where they draw the line between opportunity and exploitation

  • ViolinBows
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    Bows of the 18th century have been ignored by string players for too long

    2019-11-12T10:48:00Z

    Long neglected by the majority of string players, the bows of the 18th century make a huge difference to the way the music from that period is played, argues Jérôme Akoka

  • GregorPiatigorsky
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    Opinion: Into the Mainstream

    2019-10-15T17:13:00Z

    In the years since Gregor Piatigorsky first set out to boost the cello’s profile, the instrument has seen a massive growth in popularity, particularly through the efforts of crossover artists, says Yoshika Masuda

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    Play it again: composers can’t survive on premieres alone

    2019-10-08T12:45:00Z

    A high-profile premiere might help young composers launch their career, but the story shouldn’t end there, says Tom Stewart

  • ConservatoireAdmissions1
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    Are conservatoires preparing young string players for the music world?

    2019-09-26T13:00:00Z

    Violinist and professor Rodney Friend argues that music colleges are admitting too many students in the first place