Rondo String Academy

Michael Williamson joins Rondo Publishing as general editor, with responsibility for sales and marketing. Formerly Head of Strings for Warwickshire County Music Service, Michael will be heading up the modern string division of Rondo Publishing which will be launched in 2012. The focus will be on string orchestra arrangements that have been tried and tested by experienced teachers and performers. With this in mind we will be starting the RONDO STRING ACADEMY as a practical way of providing graded material for string ensembles and coaching string players of all ages and levels.

VIOLIN LESSONS An integrated approach to playing the violin involving all aspects of the personality (head, body and heart) in which musical interpretation and technique are linked to physical movement and co-ordination. Pupils are taught to analyse their own playing and move forward from a scientific and personal assessment of their skills and needs. All ages and abilities welcome; willingness to experiment and practise is essential!

                              

Director Michael Williamson BA, LRAM, PGCE Michael studied the violin with Herbert Whone and encountered the baroque violin at the Dartington Festival Baroque Orchestra under Paul Goodwin. Since then he studied with Micaela Comberti and Catherine Mackintosh and has performed with period instrument groups, including Musica Leonarda and the dance group Saltarello, which was commissioned to create ‘The Grand Tour’ by the Galway Early Music Festival in 2000; for five years he toured schools playing early stringed instruments with the Warwickshire Waits. While Head of Strings for Warwickshire County Music Service he directed the Warwickshire String Training Orchestra, performing regularly at the Warwick & Leamington Festival, at the Bournemouth International Festival  and on European tours. From 2006 – 2011 he was Manager and Strings Tutor  for the Warwickshire County Youth Orchestra, which  received the accolade of being invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Festival of Music for Youth 2011. He now manages the Spires Youth Orchestra, a newly formed Midland based Youth Orchestra, dedicated to offering symphonic orchestra opportunities of the highest standard in this part of England. While working for Warwickshire County Music Service, Michael was responsible for bringing the experience of playing chamber music to thousands of young people over a period of 21 years.

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