GLOBAL VIOLIN SESSIONS :
A CULTURAL EXCHANGE PART ONE
Between 16 November and 13 December
WHAT ARE THEY?
The first stop on our musical journey will see us visiting America, Hungary, Finland and Serbia. We will gain insight into the musical worlds of each tradition, told by the violin and led by a stellar line up of great musicians.
Our tune, written by trumpeter, composer and educator Wynton Marsalis will be given its first outing played by Nicola Benedetti. It will then be passed around four countries over three weeks – America, Hungary, Finland and Serbia – from one ‘Virtuoso Violinist’ to another.
Each violinist along with colleagues in their country will make it their own. They will change rhythms, twist notes, rewrite corners, add instrumentation and colours and effects – and along the way, they will teach us how they do it.
Participants will then choose one tune to record and send us their playing. These videos will then be weaved together to create a performance.
We are thrilled to announce the Virtuoso Violinists for the Cultural Exchange Part One are:
America – Week One
Hungary – Week Two
** Please note: these sessions will all be delivered in English **
WHO IS IT FOR?
There are two participatory routes:
Explore & Discover: The Saturday sessions offer the opportunity to meet the artists, take part in Q&As, learn about the violin's techniques and enjoy some performance sessions. These are open to anyone to sign up to.
Prepare & Perform Sunday’s sessions are focused on violinists of all ages and stages, from beginners to advanced players and everyone in between.
Read on to explore the schedule!
Each week, we visit a different country
Each participant can select which sessions they wish to take part in each weekend.
21 and 22 November - America
28 and 29 November - Hungary
5 and 6 December - Finland and Serbia
12 and 13 December - Final Celebration Weekend including the premiere of our newly composed piece, featuring you!
A weekly tutorial from the Virtuosos will be released each Monday before the live weekend and short tutorials to support your learning will be released during the week.
THE LIVE WEEKENDS
(ALL TIMES IN UK / GMT TIME)
SATURDAY – EXPLORE & DISCOVER:
OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS (Young People and Adults)
1500-1600: Meet the Artists, Style Technique Hub and Q&A Session
1630-1730: The Story of …..
1800-1900: Performance Session
SUNDAY – PREPARE & PERFORM:
(Young People and Adults)
1500-1545: Beginner Violinists
1615-1730: Intermediate Violinists
1800-1930: Advanced Violinists
All live Sessions take place on Zoom*. You will need your camera enabled.
THE FINAL PERFORMANCE
Woven together by the masterful hand of Wynton Marsalis, and supported by the Ayoub Sisters, we will produce a series of compositions based on these folk traditions.
The final film will bring these tunes together and take you on a visual and aural journey around these cultures as we share the first part of the Global Violin’s story.
All registered participants will be able to send in a video to be included in the final film. You will choose one of the parts to record and we will do our very best to include as many videos as possible.
A number of the audios from these video submissions will also be chosen to be included in the piece.
The final performance will be premiered on YouTube and Facebook at 5pm on Sunday 13 December
HOW DO I SIGN UP AND IS THERE A FEE?
The Sessions are now underway, however, sign-up remains open. Once you have signed up, you will receive the joining information the day after your form is received.
The sessions are free to attend, with a recommended donation of £20-£30 per person. However, please donate what you can – no one will be prevented from attending due to financial circumstances.
Adult Participants will be able to view all the live sessions via a private live stream
Session recordings will be made available after the live event for registered participants only.
*The live Zoom sessions have a maximum capacity of 1000 participants in the session. We are able to accommodate 2000 young people per session within Zoom. These will be allocated to young people in order of sign up. Should there be more than 2000 participants, you will all be able to view via the private live stream.
Once you have signed up, we will be sending your welcome information on the weekend of 14 and 15 November