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  1. Bonnie and her Beaux




    When I got my Chinese starter violin, it had a cheap wooden bow in with it, which I named Beau. It did the job, though it had a nasty habit of juddering on slow notes - funny thing, all my bows have done that! Unfortunately, when I'm nervous, ...

    Updated May-07-2015 at 09:03 by Ingélou

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  2. Norwich Baroque



    When I started lessons with Fiddle Guru, I knew that he was a baroque specialist as well as playing in a ceilidh band, but I didn't know about Norwich Baroque.

    John has always been a fan of baroque music. I have always liked it too, but wasn't ...

    Updated Apr-30-2015 at 08:51 by Ingélou

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  3. La Chronique du Disque (April 2015)

    For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.

    My Suggestions for April


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  4. The Wilbert Fiasco



    I had lessons with Wilbert from October 2013 until the following summer. Fiddle Guru was going on tour with English Touring Opera and I faced 3 months without a teacher - & I'd always felt miffed at having to give up my plans for taking music exams. ...

    Updated Apr-25-2015 at 13:19 by Ingélou

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  5. Cellist Reiner Hochmuth plays Boccherini and Tchaikovsky

    This week, I have retained four works downloaded years ago off the original MP3.COM, featuring cellist Reiner Hochmuth and two East-Europpean orchestras. Mr. Hochmuth was featured a few years back in performances of the Haydn cello concertos.

    Born in 1743 in Lucca, Italy, Luigi Boccherini began studying the cello at an early age with his father, a double-bass player who had also some knowledge of the cello. At thirteen he was sent to Rome where the well-known cellist G. B. Costanzi ...