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Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor 10pm - 1am
17 July 2017, 16:07
Thinking of learning to play the viola? Prepare yourself: here are the things no one ever tells you about the ‘big violin’.
Jennifer Stumm plays Rebecca Clarke's epic Viola Sonata with such grace and passion. Does she make you want to take up the viola? Yes? Excellent. But first, here's what you need to know about the instrument...
“Can we not just have a *little* bit of the tune?” you cry to your conductor, among a sea of accidentals. No, you may not.
No one ever told you about the constant mockery.
The size, the bow pressure, having to carry the whole section... it's an endless struggle.
Unlike the fifty violinists battling for the orchestra leader spot, if you want that front desk space, IT'S YOURS.
Violists: you're essential. Never forget that.
[Cue smug smile to the second violin section]