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Spires Youth String Quartets take part in Masterclass

Two of the Spires Youth Orchestra String Quartets have been invited to take part in a Masterclass given by the Doric String Quartet on Sunday 5 February, 5.30 – 7.00 pm. The Doric Quartet are giving a concert at the Bridge House Theatre, Myton Road, Warwick, at 3.00 pm and the plan is for the young players to go to the concert and then participate in the Masterclass after having watched the professionals at work. Many thanks to Leamington Music, organisers of the concert, for making this exciting opportunity possible. The Bridge House Theatre box office number is 01926 776438 for tickets – students can go to the concert for £1.

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Rondo Training Strings Take Off!

Rondo String Academy’s new string orchestra (Grades 4 – 6) has had two rehearsals and is playing 2 pieces by Adam Carse (Waltz Steps & Sadness) and folk arrangements by Eddie Jones (Celtic Fancy). Come and join the fun – next meeting is Sunday 5 February, 9.30 am, at the Old Library, Avenue Road, Leamington Spa. A great learning experience for young players, combining orchestral training with musicianship skills!

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Rondo get excellent reviews in the VdGSA News!

VdGSA News, official publication of the Viola da Gamba Society of  America. December 2011. 

“For those not familiar with it, Rondo Publishing is a British company whose editions are very handsome.  The music layout is clear and easy to read.  The glossy cover of the editions is graced with attractive photos of a variety of viols, and the interior cover contains advertisements for various viol-related companies – an innovative idea.” Brady Lanier, Houston Texas.

Full reviews can be found in the information page of each edition.

Simpson: Divisions for Practice of Learners ed. Alison Kinder

“The volume is wonderfully easy to read and is recommended to those who may be intimidated by the tiny print and diamond-shaped note heads of the original. This is altogether a well-thought-out attractive edition.” Brady Lanier, Houston, Texas. 


Philip Falle, Fantaisie & Passacaille, In genere Harmonico ed. Andrew Fowler

I would recommend this work for mid-to lower-level amateurs who don’t feel quite ready for Marais.  This is an attractive piece and a welcome addition to the repertoire.” Brady Lanier, Houston Texas.

Celtic Gold for 6 Viols, compiled and arranged by Jacqui Robertson-Wade

All are attractive, tuneful pieces that should delight fans of this genre.  The technical and rhythmic challenges are not insignificant, however, and difficulties are shared equally
among all six players.  Techniques required included slurred sixteenth notes, three and four-note chords, pizzicato, dotted rhythms alternating with triplets and a few quick string crossings.”  Brady Lanier, Houston Texas.

This is now available for recorder consort!

Consorts for Five: A Collection of Consort Music for Viols. Ed by Jacqui Robertson-Wade and Andrew Fowler

“An energetic pioneer in the world of viol teaching for children Robertson-Wade established viol instruction for Warwickshire Music Service in the UK thirteen years ago. She directs various children’s consorts, many of which have received national
recognition.  This collection builds on her deep teaching experience and will be particularly useful in an educational environment – saving much research time – as a foundation for collegium and consort programmes.

This is a reasonably priced collection of enjoyable pieces useful for intermediate players and one that belongs on every coach’s shelf.”

Barbara Zuchowicz, Ontario VdGSA News, Official publication of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, Vol XLVIII no 4.  December 2011.

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New Commission for Viols

Colin Touchin has just been commissioned by Rondo Publishing to compose a piece for five part viol consort with viol/string orchestra accompaniment, based on the Concerto Grosso form.

It is planned to submit this as a recorded entry for the National Festival of Music for Youth in March 2012.  The piece will also be available for string orchestra featuring solo parts for violin, two violas and two cellos.


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Rondo Viol Academy Expands!

Rondo Viol Academy has recently expanded its operations to include young musician of school age as well as courses for adults.  Three groups from Warwickshire County Music Service, performed at the Greenwich International Early Music Festival under the auspices of the RVA.

At the end of the concert a collection was made for the Rondo Viol Academy Bursary Fund to enable students in financial need to take part in trips, tours and workshops.  This fund has also been set up to contribute to assist with the purchase of instruments. Our thanks go to all who donated to this fund.

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Recent Events

Rondo Publishing was for the first time an exhibitor at the Greenwich International Early Music Exhibtion at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, with the launch of a new edition called ‘Celtic Gold Book 1’ for recorders.

Rondo Publishing sponsored a concert featuring its editions given by 35 students from Warwickshire County Music Service/Rondo Viol Academy.