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About Us

The British Viola Society, originally formed as the English Viola Society in September 2007 by the late Professor John White  and Dr Louise Lansdown (President). The society aims to support, promote and encourage every aspect of playing, composing and research relevant to the viola in Great Britain. The rich and vast heritage of wonderful British violists and compositions gives the society a secure and multi-faceted foundation. The British Viola Society is a branch of the International Viola Society (http://www.viola.com/ivs/).

The British Viola Society Board is made up of the following officers:

  • Dr Louise Lansdown – President
  • Martin Outram – Vice-President
  • Sue Douglas – Secretary
  • Richard Muncey – Treasurer
  • Tim Walton Executive Secretary – Membership
  • Ben Lawrence Executive Secretary – Facebook
  • Laura Sinnerton Executive Secretary – Twitter
  • Merrick Pascal  - Legal Consultant
  • Natalie Wing – Assistant Editor
  • Maria Parfitt – Membership Coordinator
  • Elsabe Raath – BVS Conservatoire Coordinator
  • Janet Pazio – BVS Groups and Orchestral Coordinator

This society exists for the benefit of violists. Please send any information you would like us to advertise for you pertaining to concerts, publications of viola music, if you would like to get involved, join the society, teaching, congresses. We would love to hear from you.

At the moment we are small and looking for more members to join and help us build a catalogue of British Viola Music, Events, Violists, Jokes….

The International Viola Society hosts an International Viola Congress every year in a different part of the world. The 2017 International Viola Congress  will be in Wellington, New Zealand, September 1-5, 2017.

MISSION STATEMENT

The British Viola Society exists solely for the purpose of promoting the performance, teaching, composition, research, making and development of the viola in Great Britain. The BVS aims to accommodate professional, amateurs and all those people interested in this unique and incredible instrument. The board of the British Viola Society is made up entirely of volunteers, all deeply people passionate about the viola. We are devoted to supporting students, teachers, performers, composers, researchers and instrument makers around the country and hope you will all join us in celebrating the rich and fascinating tapestry of the viola.