Experts help students add another string to their bow
YOUNG string players have been put through their paces by those in the know.
The aspiring musicians have had the opportunity to work with three professionals, including international violin soloist Tamsin Little.
The new youth string ensemble, who all have grade five and above in string instruments, have attended the first of three rehearsals at Cheltenham Town Hall.
They joined Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra and the Youth Sinfonia Strings section for the all-day open rehearsal under the direction of conductor Jonathan Trim.
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In addition to Tamsin, they were taught tricks of the trade by two players from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The classical violinist was in Cheltenham to perform a concert with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Steve Legge, head of instrumental and vocal tuition at Gloucestershire Music, said: "Working with the very best in the business helps our young musicians see at firsthand what is possible to achieve with hard work and commitment."
The string ensemble is planning to attend the regional festival of Music for Youth in March 2013. Interested students who are above grade five should email steve.legge@glo ucestershire.gov.uk.