Congratulations to the winners of our Suzuki violin quiz during our 2021 New Year's Playtogether.

1st place

Zoe and Alex 27 points

 

2nd place

Annie 25 points

 

3rd place

Anna and Sophia 21 1/2 points

 

4th place

Ayana 21 points

Our virtual Solo concerts have been a fantastic experience for the players and went much better than we all expected. We did one for the pupils and one for the grown ups and we all had a lot of fun. It was great seeing to many parents accompany at the piano and otherwise everybody being so organised and confident operating the tech side of things! Well done everyone!

Congratulations to both Anna and Madeleine for gaining places in the Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra.

They both worked very hard on their audition pieces, preparing them alongside all the repertoire needed for our big anniversary concert.

Hopefully in person orchestra rehearsals will commence in autumn so that they both get the full experience of what it is like to play in a full symphony orchestra.

Congratulations to Ayana for passing her grade 5 music theory with a merit, all ready and set to take grade 7 violin in July.

And this amazing young lady also had some other news: She got accepted into Berklee College of Music on the other side of the pond! We are super proud of her - all her hard work paid off. <3

We have found a lovely new venue for our group lessons at Streetly Methodist Church, only around the corner. The rooms are very inviting and we are pleased to support an Eco Church that is heated by a biomass boiler. We will be playing at their Eco Festival in September 2021, come along to hear us!

The adult June Solo Concert was a huge success - we were lucky to have the best weather so we could have a garden concert! The piano was set up outside and we all enjoyed a wonderful evening of duet and solo music with food, drinks and lovely company! Big thank you to Rowan for making Pimms from scratch!

We recently went to Tim Toft Violins again to purchase some more advanced instruments for some of our pupils. It is always a pleasure to be there and try the lovely violins and we came home with two beautifully sounding 4/4 violins and a fabulous 3/4 violin. We are also pleased that one 1/2 violin was passed on to another pupil to stay in the school!

Our live Christmas Concert on zoom was very well received with many family members, friends and colleagues logging in to listen from all around the world. The students all looked lovely in their Christmas outfits with all the beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the backgrounds. Thank you everyone for making this such a memorable event. All contributions were amazing! 

The ultimate Media Project is now live on our youtube channel, go check it out! Thank you for everyone's hard work and for submitting your videos. Many new skills are being added to your toolbox during these trying times! Well done for keeping going!

While the weather is so nice we are able to enjoy our in person garden lessons. The new rug is proving popular and we even have some of our families pets attending the lessons now.

We even have been holding our group lessons outside in the wonderful marquee at Streetly Methodist Church.

Congratulations to Priya who won first prize in her school's music competition, as well as best musician overall out of all classes. She was thrilled and received a huge trophy! Also big congratulations to Aila who placed second in her class, playing a beautiful Gavotte. Well done both of you!

Congratulations to Harry for gaining a merit in his ABRSM grade 7 violin. Despite the disruptions with various lockdowns and the exam being postponed he kept focussed and achieved this milestone. He has now set his goal to achieve his grade 8 before going off to university in autumn - we love it when pupils aim to achieve high and will always support this! 

"Where love is deep, much can be accomplished."

 Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education