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Viola Open Day

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Thursday 5 November 2015 from 10:00am

Attending an Open Day at the Guildhall School is a great way to see what life might be like for you when studying here.

During the day there will be opportunities to discuss the training with key members of staff, current students or recent graduates, and tour the School’s facilities including our new building at Milton Court.

If you have a disability or special needs, you are encouraged to visit the School to discuss your needs. We may need to make special arrangements so please contact us in advance of your visit.

Booking is now open! Please book your place via the ‘Book now’ button HERE.

Viola Concert

Additionally there will be a Viola Recital with Rachel Roberts and Martin Roscoe taking place in Milton Court Concert Hall at 7:30pm.


Northampton Concert Orchestra (NCO) is seeking 1 or 2 competent viola players.

Genre:  An adult community orchestra, with players from grade 6 to ex‑professional, who enjoy playing the rich and varied “light music” repertoire, giving 3 or 4 concerts each year – often at the United Reformed Church, Abington Avenue, Northampton.  NN1 4QA

Musical Director:  David Chambers, deputy:  Michael Watkins

Rehearsals:  Meets weekly on Thursday evenings, 7.30 – 9.30pm, Weston Favell Salvation Army Citadel, Penistone Road, Northampton, NN3 8EZ

Vacancies:  Some strings, particularly violas; percussion.

Subscription:  £20 per annum

Contacts:  Roy Littlecott, Chairman, 01604‑406‑200, email:

Michael Watkins, Deputy MD, Viola Society member (as afficianado!):  01604-845-885,

Web site:


Student Pulse.

Available to all students, this is a  discounted ticket and loyalty scheme for classical music concerts, run jointly by 10 of London’s best orchestras and venues including the LSO, LPO, BBCSO, Academy of Ancient Music, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia orchestra and  RPO. The program allows students  to purchase cheap tickets and accumulate points which can then be redeemed for great rewards!

The student app. is  available for both iPhone and Android, as well as the mobile site and  allows you to purchase tickets from a  number of different organisations and venues, all from the same place. For full details click here.


Manchester Creative Viola Studio at the Royal Northern College of Music

The Manchester Creative Viola Studio is a collective of young professional musicians based at the Royal Northern College of Music. Directed by international musician and composer Garth Knox (formerly of the internationally renowned Arditti Quartet) their aim is to interact musically with other art forms including cinema, sculpture and dance, taking classical music beyond the confines of the concert hall.

For performances  keep an eye on  the events at the  Cornerhouse Cafe (right beside Oxford Road Station in Manchester).


Belsize Baroque

Belsize is a Baroque orchestra comprising music students, young professionals, and amateur players, directed by top directors such as  violinists Matthew Truscott ( OAE) and Adrian  Butterfield ( Royal College of Music).

The orchestra would be delighted to hear from existing or aspiring  baroque violists!

Viola  players from  undergraduate to  mature students will  find it  really useful to play the repertoire with our directors and to network with each other. Some of them will be taking baroque as second study.

The orchestra  performs  several times a year generally in central London. For further details please see click   here


ViolaExerpts is an online resource dedicated to providing quality information to help violists prepare for and have a positive audition experience. The site centres around four main areas: Excerpt Study, where you can see and hear the excerpts; Masterclass videos by professional orchestral players; the Mock Audition; and The Audition Preparation Blog.

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