ponderings and passions

A set of occasional notes about Stringbabies, music festival adjudication and other things that I’m interested in:

Jul 20, 2010 A new chapter

[author: KayTheEd - categories: ]

I’m really pleased to announce that Surrey Arts are set to become the first music service in the UK to take Stringbabies into their provision of instrumental lessons.

There seems to be a trend developing for beginning to start string players at an earlier stage than has been the case for years and of course it makes perfect sense to do so! Surrey will be using Stringbabies with children from Reception up to year 2 (age 4 to 6) and they have been very busy recruiting budding young cellists & violinists!

I have Yvette Madden, a good friend and Surrey Arts teacher to thank largely for this exciting development as she has worked enthusiastically with Cellobabies, from the very first and has reaped the same encouraging results as myself and other colleagues.  The staff involved at Surrey are incredibly enthusiastic & motivated so this promises to be good! At the time of writing there has been significant interest from four other services - more news to follow as and when!

What is particularly nice is that I started my career with Surrey Music Service, as Surrey Arts were then known.

Finally, Edition 3 of the Cello & Violin books are now with the publishers, Verite Press. I finished the books nearly 2 weeks ahead of schedule and was so relieved once we had the proofs signed off!