‘Our viola group was special’ - Letters to the editor: December 2023

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A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: December 2023 issue

Viola power

I am a retired violist with the Netherlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, and I enjoyed The Strad Podcast’s interview with violist Daniel Foster on how to lead a string section (bit.ly/45HLJNl). Relating to that, I would like to recall the best viola section rehearsal we ever had, with our leader, Francien Schatborn. We were due to start rehearsals for Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, which is an audition piece for viola; conductors usually wrestle with the important section solos in the slow movement…

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