TAN Y BWLCH CHAMBER MUSIC WEEKENDS
 
 
COULD THE HILLS BE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF YOUR MUSIC?
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- "tuition, accommodation, and food continue to be of a very high standard"
- "refresshment for the soul"
- "fiddling, friendship, food and fun"
Come and spend a perfect weekend in February, May and October playing chamber music in idyllic surroundings and first class facilities with excellent tutoring.
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SNOWDONIA WEEKEND STRINGS
organised by the Llanrwst Chamber Music Society
in conjunction with
Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, Blaenau Ffestiniog
Gwynedd LL41 3YU
For more information please contact
Julia Johnson on 01743-362416
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The German Viola Day 2010 takes place in Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in the town of Wuppertal.
Address: Günter Wand Haus
Sedanstrasse 15
D-42275 Wuppertal
Germany
If you are interested please contact:
Hans Gerhard Lullies
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or write yo:
Hans Gerhard Lullies
Am Heinzeacker 12
D-36525 Hüttenberg
Germany
Tel: 06441-770420 
 
Events

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Coming Events

ABSOLUTE ZERO VIOLA QUARTET concerts

Saturday 11 December 1pm - 2pm

Music Library foyer

Cardiff Central Library

Mill Lane

Cardiff CF10 1FL

Tel 02920 382116

www.cardiff.gov.uk/libraries

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KEY STRINGS 

A RECITAL

Leader of WNO viola section

PHILIP HEYMAN

with STEVE WOOD piano, Repetiteur WNO

22nd January 2011

The Tabernacle, Machynlleth, Powys at 7.30pm

The program will include the viola sonata by Shostakovich, the composer´s final opus. 

DO NOT MISS THIS UNIQUE EVENT.

 

 

 




See also the Welsh Viola Society WVS on FACEBOOK

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Past Events

Review

PHILIP HEYMAN, viola and STEVE WOOD, piano
Concert in Bangor Cathedral on the 14th of October 2009

These artists gave a fantastic recital. They are both employeed by the WNO
in Cardiff, Philip Heyman principal viola player and Steve Wood as
repetiteur.
Their interpretations were musically exciting and convincing both having
no technical problems. It was a joy hearing their performance. The
audience was enthralled.

Philip Heyman writes:

So I find myself in Llandudno library with about twenty minutes of computer time left...so I thought of you!! It was so nice to meet you these last two days...it's precisely the kind of thing that makes these societies worthwhile; long may it last! So here is an attempt at my concert review...feel free to edit or make alteration suggestions. Philip
Last Wednesday 14th October I gave a lunchtime viola recital at Bangor Cathedral with a WNO colleague of mine, Steve Wood, on the piano. I must confess I did not know Bangor even had a Cathedral so it was an interesting experience just to discover this venue! We were made most welcome, both by the Cathedral 'staff' and the very respectable audience that made the effort to support the concert, proceeds from which went to the 'Friends of Bangor Cathedral' funds. The programme comprised a sonata by Henry Eccles, the Brahms F minor viola sonata and the Rebecca Clarke sonata. I am not going to comment on the viola playing...that is for others to judge...but from a personal perspective I was very happy with how it went. Yes, it was fairly cold - that's what Cathedrals do!- so the fingers did not always behave, but for me the whole point of a live preformance is an element of spontaneity that a record simply cannot do...and with Steve's sensitive following I felt I was able to do this. So I achieved what I set out to do, hopefully the audience enjoyed it (they seemed to!).
As regards the programme; I say 'a sonata by Henry Eccles' but for us violists it is probably THE sonata by Henry Eccles. It appears to exist in versions for violin, 'cello, bass and viola...but I get the impression the viola version was the original...do feel free to correct me on this if you know otherwise - I would still think it is a fabulous piece! I remember once in my former life as a member of English National Opera a young violin extra loudly practising his flashy concerti before the rehearsal. My principal viola turned to the section and without a word started to play the opening of the Eccles. What that said to meis 'it's great if you can play flashy stuff, but what really matters is to be able to play a simple tune and make complete sense of it'. That's what he did (Mike Cookson) and that's what I strive to do; in a nutshell 'play it how you would sing it'. So although the Eccles is on the surface 'simple', to make it sound simple is not so simple!
And so it is with Brahms...if you play exactly what is written I suspect it would be quite boring! Learn the notes and then ask yourself 'OK, now what did he mean?' Everyone's answer to this will be quite different, but that is what makes art such fun. It seems to be generally accepted nowaday that Brahms had the viola equally in mind as the clarinet when he wrote these two very late works; he was inspired by a very talented clarinetist, Richard Muhlfeld, but he had a lifelong friendship with Joachim and it was for him that he produced the viola version...I don't try to sound like a viola player trying to sound like a clarinetist, that would not be as good as just going to hear a clarinetist! It is a sublime piece, especially the second movement IMHO. And it's quite fun watching the pianist sweat away in the finale...but don't tell Steve I said that!
And then there is the Rebecca Clarke sonata. Her music is becoming better and better known, and I believe someone has orchestrated this sonata recently (anyone have a pet orchestra who would like to do this?...I would certainly be up for it). She was that rare thing, nearly a century ago, a successful woman viola player - she must have been pretty good to compete in a male 'stronghold' profession. Once married she virtually stopped composing...a huge loss to us, but I think it was because she was happy - so I try not to hold it against her too much!
The first movement is probably the best structured and stands well on its' own in a shorter concert. The second movement presents a real challenge to ballance with a constantly muted viola, but my guess is the she muted it so we could play the harmonics louder, making them speak better whilst maintaining the atmosphere. And I simply adore the slow melody at the opening of the third movement...I find it truly sublime, even if later on the movement meanders a little. So there we are, a viola recital.
On Monday 26th October at 1.00pm I will be in Brecon Cathedral with my dear friend and colleague Ross Cohen playing duos...pretending to be a violin for some of them...I can talk about that later if you are interested. Ross does huge amounts of arranging so we will be offering a very varied programme. It would be lovely to meet any of you after should you be able to come. Best wishes and 'long live the Welsh Viola Society!' Philip heyman, principal viola, Welsh National Opera. Running out of time so no time to proof read this!

Coming soon...

 



 



Sunday 15 August 2010 VIOLA DAY at the Tabernacle in Machynlleth

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION


 

 


Friday April 11th 2008 Y Tabernacl Machynlleth 7.30pm - Paradiso Viola Sextet

Karin Norlen from Sweden, Ainara Mendiolea, Alfonso Noriega and Nuria Pastor from Spain, Brooke Day from Canada and Ting Chiu from Hong Kong - including the first performance of a new work for violas by Otto Freudenthal

Tuesday June 10th 2008 Glanfa Foyer, Millenium Centre, Cardiff - "ENDANGERED SPECIES" SERIES

Philip Heyman (Principal Viola WNO) Masterclass 6.30pm - 9.30pm. see www.tycerdd.org for more details


Sunday 13th July 2008 10.00am - 7.00pm - WVS Annual Viola Day at Y Tabernacl Machynlleth


Posters from previous events click on the images below to download a PDF

 

 

VIOLA DAY IN MACHYNLLETH AUGUST 15 2010
A very rewarding and fun day was had by all at the Viola Day in Machynlleth.
Phil Heyman with Steve Wood gave an excellent recital on his Pellegrino viola including music by Bach, Szymanovski, Otto Freudenthal and a pellegrino version of the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata to a most appreciative audience of viola players and friends.
Members of the Absolute Zero Quuartet gave a short recital and helped out in an afternoon of music for massed violas in small and large groups.
Lunch was provided by Otto and Jules with a special Swedish Vegetable Curry and Rice, with onion soup and home-made bread.
Thanks to everyone who came, and all the helpers. We hope there will be another Viola Day. If you missed this one - don't miss the next!
Dear Viola Performer, Teacher, Student, Friend,

 

Smile Sunday 15 August 2010 at The Tabernacle, Machynlleth - VIOLA DAY

10am-4pm

including a recital by Philip Heyman (viola) and Steve Wood (piano)

and guest appearances by members of the Absolute Zero Viola Quartet

and join in with lots of music for viola ensemble.

Light lunch

£5 contribution towards the day would be appreciated.

Bring your viola and a music stand!!!

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Smile I received a score and parts for a terzetto for three violas by Boaz Avni written in 1996. It looks playable and reasonably tonal. The composer is happy to have it freely copied. So if you would like your own copy, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I'll send you a copy as a PDF attachment. We hope to give it a whirl at the viola day.

SAVE OUR VIOLA SOCIETY ! Frown


  • KEEPING THE WEBSITE GOING TO CO-ORDINATE EVENTS AND SHARE NEWS
  • OPEN A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT (WHICH NOW EXISTS - SEE LINKS) - WE NEED "FRIENDS" BADLY.

WE WELCOME YOUR IDEAS, AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT BY EMAILING This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , AND COMING TO THE VIOLA PARTY IN AUGUST.

WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE THE SOCIETY.

PLEASE, PLEASE TWITTER AND TWEET. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. LOOK UP THE NEW FACEBOOK ENTRY FOR THE WELSH VIOLA SOCIETY, AND HELP TO MAKE SURE THAT IT HAS A FUTURE. AND GET IN TOUCH!

 

You are cordially invited to join our group dedicated to supporting the viola cause everywhere. For the first time in the long history of Wales, a Welsh Viola Society has been formed.


The Welsh Viola Society has already been accepted as a provisional member of the International Viola Society (IVS) and is dedicated to supporting the viola cause, as well as having some fun exploring the rich, untapped vein of music for viola ensembles.

On the 15th July 2007 the first Annual General Meeting and Viola Day was held in Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales. Follow the newsletter link for more details.

Only in the last century has the viola achieved any sort of prominence thanks to new works by contemporary composers, by the rise of many top class soloists, and by the encouragement, enthusiasm, scholarship, and hard work of the International Viola Society and its members. The IVS was formed originally in Austria and Germany and now has affiliated societies across the world. The UK branch sadly no longer exists, and so we invite you to the first event of the Welsh Viola Society. Apart from being a worthy cause, and discounts on much useful material, there are many other advantages of membership of the IVS. For more information, visit their website at http://www.viola.com/ivs/

 
Relief request
This is a message from the International Viola Society.
This project is aiming to give relief for the TALES CHILE EARTHQUAKE/TERREMOTO.
The IVS is collecting string instruments and donations to help music institutions whose instruments etc. have been destroyed in the earthquake.
Ken Martinson IVS secretary is in charge.
Please get more information from him by E-mailing:
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Thank you for your interest.
Otto Freudenthal, Welsh Viola Society