Valentine’s Musical Treat

An informal concert for the whole family and an experience especially for younger children, with dances, drawing and drama.
Appreciate great music in a relaxed environment!

Saturday 14th February – 3pm
Alexandra Park School
Bidwell Gardens, London N11 2AZ, Google maps
(entrance on Rhodes Avenue, next to Primary School; limited parking at the school)

A musical event with the Romantic violin sonata by Belgian composer Cesar Franck and other musical delights with home-made chocolate brownies & refreshments and a chance for children to try out the violin and piano.

Event will last approximately one hour.
Tickets £5 (adult or child) available on the ticket page.

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Beethoven Concerto

Looking forward to playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the North London Sinfonia at the end of November.

This is the program for the night:

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Suk: Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale ‘St Wenceslas’
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’

7:30pm Saturday 29th November 2014
Trinity Church, Nether Street, North Finchley

New Recording: Bill’s Jig

A Jig with a cadenza.
I recorded a short “showpiece” that I composed for solo violin (with optional accompaniment). It started as a simple Jig inspired by a recent Newfoundland trip and has morphed into a more “classical” piece with the undertone of a jig.

Solo Violin & Guitar accompaniment played by myself.

J.S. Bach – Sonata 2 – Andante

I “rediscovered” my old German violin that I had not played for years and – inspired by some baroque pieces – tuned it down quite a lot. With the lower pressure this 300 year old violin sounds much more open and full. It is very fun to play although a bit tricky to not choke the sound because of the loose strings.
Here is the video of J.S. Bach’s Andante from the 2nd Sonata for violin solo:


Concert at the Bossanyi Studio

My pianist partner Tara Clifford will join me for a little recital at The Bossanyi Studio on Friday, 27 September 2013 at 8.30pm. It is a very relaxed venue and you can bring your own wine/beverage. Usually snacks are served afterwards, too!


Recital Programme

Suk Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17 (1900)
1. Quasi Ballata
2. Appasionato
3. Un poco triste
4. Burleska
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (1878-88)
i. Allegro
ii. Adagio
iii. Un poco presto e con sentiment
iv. Presto agitato

Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30 No. 3 (1801-2)
i. Allegro assai
ii. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
iii. Allegro vivace
Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor (1917)
i. Allegro vivo
ii. Intermède: Fantasque et léger
iii. Finale: Très animé 

Tickets: £10 (students half price)

To reserve a seat please send an email to bossanyistudio(at) or phone Oliver or Ann

T: 020 8866 2880


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Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor

I decided to keep things more up to date and upload some recordings every now and then.
To start off nicely I just recorded a great little organ piece which is also probably one of the most well known. It is the Toccata and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 565.

I rearranged the piece for violin solo but stayed very close to the organ version. The work is transposed to A-minor to make best use of the violin’s range and it works surprisingly well despite the polyphonic limitations of the violin.
In fact in the 1980s Bach’s authorship was challenged (mostly because of stylistic problems) by Peter Williams and as a possible explanation it was suggested that the Toccata and Fugue may have been written for violin originally. He transcribed the piece for the violin. It (I am talking about classical
versions of course) has been recorded among others in slightly differing versions by Maxim Vengerov, Andrew Manze and I have seen live videos by Sergej Krylov who I am a big fan of.

There seem to be a couple of versions out there that are possibly obtainable somewhere but I decided to write my own edition although I was obviously inspired by the above recordings.


Anyway, have a listen, I hope you enjoy it.

J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue BWV 565 – violin solo – Richter by keeptruemusic


Also, here is slightly more in depth information about the Toccata and Fugue.,_BWV_565



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