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    Opinion: Touching a nerve

    2021-02-24T12:42:00Z

    Although nervous energy can lead to inspired playing, it can also result in performance anxiety – unless we find ways to control it, writes cellist Laura van der Heijden

  • Debussy
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    Opinion: A new light

    2021-02-11T12:00:00Z

    Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp is just one of many works written for that combination, and is a prime example of how loosening fixed traditions can open new and exciting sound worlds, writes Toby Deller

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    Building an international profile for French violinists

    2021-01-29T10:22:00Z

    In comparison with its array of top-level cellists and string quartets, France’s violin soloists seem in general to attract less media attention globally. Charlotte Gardner investigates the causes

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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

  • 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

  • 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

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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

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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

  • Obie1
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    Are contemporary violin makers limiting their potential to develop new ideas?

    2019-12-23T15:17:00Z

    A key aim of the VSA/Oberlin Workshop ‘Obie 1’ project was to create a good original violin design that was not directly derived or copied from a previous instrument

  • Federer violin
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    Classical musicians should play more sports

    2019-09-09T14:00:00Z

    String players often shy away from sports for fear of damaging themselves, but the benefits far outweigh the dangers, says cellist and tennis enthusiast Maria Kliegel

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    Why aren't more British string players making it big internationally?

    2019-05-08T15:39:00Z

    Despite the large number of young and talented string players in Britain, few seem to make an impact as leading soloists on the world stage. Charlotte Gardner explores the reasons for this phenomenon

  • Rests
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    Building confidence around the absence of sound

    2019-03-06T16:14:00Z

    Music students have the confidence to engage with silence, whether before, during or immediately after a piece, writes Naomi Yandell

  • Joseph Joachim finalists
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    Are competitions inherently problematic?

    2019-02-11T16:18:00Z

    Charlotte Gardner checks recent Joseph Joachim Competition rumours against reality and cautions against letting young musicians get caught in the crossfire

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    Are France and Britain guilty of a lack of musical interaction?

    2019-02-06T12:17:00Z

    Classical music should be a beacon of internationalism, yet each country’s scene appears to be stubbornly insular, writes Charlotte Gardner

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    Why musicians should appeal against the ivory act

    2019-01-31T14:03:00Z

    Benjamin Hebbert on the ethical tightrope of campaigning for exemptions to the Ivory Act while supporting its aim to put a stop to the slaughter of elephants