Day 5 – Saint-Saens Sonata No. 1

Oh how I long for Paris! To stroll down the Boulevard Saint-Germain, sit and dream on the steps of Sacre Couer, sip a cappucino and savour chocolat chaud at Cafe des Flores, browse the book stalls along the banks of the Seine and go for dinner at the Vagenende – a fabulous Art Nouveau restaurant…

Day 4 – Paganini No. 2

8:30pm – after a long day’s teaching I find it satisfying to work on Studies. It’s almost relaxing. Well. Almost. But it is good to be able to free the mind by just dealing with technique. The importance of practising studies, and doing so daily, was drilled into me rigorously at an early age by…

Day 3 – Sibelius Violin Concerto

Monday – 7.15am – peeked out the curtain. It’s snowing! A thin blanket covering the ground, which is exciting indeed, and unusual for the Fens.Icy and bitter cold, and changing grey skies, it seems apt to work a bit more on the Sibelius Violin Concerto. This concerto has been with me since my student days….

Day 2 – Hindemith Solo Sonata

Sunday morning. Waiting for the “Beast from the East 2.0” to arrive. Ominous grey clouds swirling and strong gusts of wind uprooting some plants outside. Cosy indoors though and a mug of hot chocolate ready by the music stand. Thinking about some unaccompanied violin music today. The literature of solo violin music is vast and…

Day 1 – Paganini Caprice No. 2

Saturday Morning. 10:13am. Studies and technique to begin the weekend. Paganini No. 2 Lots of technique involved with this caprice. It’s a real work-out for bow control with acrobatic string crossing and extended finger leaps and stretches.

100 Days of Practice

January and February 2021 – online teaching and Zoom lessons, rainy weather, time to be creative, read books and keep reading and forget what time it is, direct Bernstein’s Mambo to a String Orchestra online, learn languages and art history, devour the Sunday papers, dream about climbing mountains, run outside into the garden for 5…