Suzuki Fiddlefest in the European Capital of Culture 2008

A Special Concert at 4pm on Saturday 31st May 2008 in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral
compered by Roger Phillips (BBC Radio Merseyside)

Suzuki Fiddlefest
Featuring over 200 children and young people from all over the United Kingdom and beyond! Celebrating Suzuki Strings and raising funds to help children through World Vision.

On the day there will be rehearsals from 10am and a Public Concert at 4pm with group pieces for every level, ensembles, solos and a final Playtogether.

Suzuki Violin Students: over 200 students have already registered, but it's still not too late to join them. Register Now through your teacher at £10 per pupil.
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What is Suzuki violin?

What is a Fiddlefest?

Who can take part?

How can I join in?

Where it is taking place?

How can I buy tickets?

How do I get to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral?

Where can I stay in Liverpool?

What else is happening in Liverpool around the same time?

Who are the Liverpool Suzuki Group


Tickets are now available from the Liverpool Cathedral
0(+44)151 702 7255 or email shop@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk
at £10 (unreserved), concessions £7, under 18s £2.

What is Suzuki violin?

The Suzuki Method of music education is based on the philosophy and teaching methods developed by Dr Shinichi Suzuki. This system of music education is known as the 'mother tongue' approach, and it is based on the idea that all children can learn to play music in the same way that all children learn to speak their own language. The method encourages children to learn from a very young age, listening and copying with the full support and involvement of the parents. Dr Suzuki introduced his Method for teaching the violin in his native Japan. Today, there are more than 8,000 Suzuki teachers with over 250,000 students across 40 countries. Further information can be found on the British Suzuki Institute website.

Dr Shinichi Suzuki in 1990

Dr Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of The Suzuki Method.

What is a Fiddlefest?

Fiddlefest is the name for a string concert bringing together a large group of children and young people who all study Suzuki Method violin, viola and cello. Different groups perform a series of pieces appropriate to their level. At the end everyone gets on stage to participate in the playtogether, which always ends with the 'Twinkle Variations' - the very first piece that Suzuki students learn. The 2008 event is the fourth North West Fiddlefest. Previous concerts have taken place in 2001, 2003 and 2005 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Who can take part?

All Suzuki string players - violins, violas and cellos from Twinkle upwards. Each level will prepare two pieces - one from the relevant Suzuki book plus another at the same standard. There will be extra pieces for Book 5 and up players. Everyone will take part in the playtogether at the end of the concert. Rehearsals on the day begin in the morning and continue into the afternoon. The concert starts at 4pm.

How can I join in?

Parents and pupils should speak to their teacher who will have forms to fill in. Registration is through Suzuki teachers and costs £10. In exceptional circumstances, you can apply direct to Jane Panter via phone 0(+44)151 474 5111 or email rickyp@blueyonder.co.uk

Where it is taking place?

The Fiddlefest is taking place in the magnificent surroundings of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The Foundation Stone was laid in 1904, but it wasn't until 1978 that the Cathedral was finally completed. It is one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe, and is visable from miles around, having been built on the sandstone outcrop of St James' Mount. The 31-ton Cathedral bells have the highest and heaviest peal in the world, and the Grand Organ is thought to be the largest operational organ in the world, with 10,268 pipes. The Cathedral will provide a spectacular setting for young string players to perform to a large audience.

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets for the concert cost £10 (unreserved), concessions £7, under 18s £2. Tickets are available from the Liverpool Cathedral shop - phone 0(+44)151 702 7255 or email shop@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

How do I get to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral?

Information on how to get to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral can be found on the official Liverpool Cathedral website

Where can I stay in Liverpool?
Homestays are available: contact Jane Panter on 0(+44)151 474 5111 or email rickyp@blueyonder.co.uk
Information on the wide range of hotels available in Liverpool and the surrounding area can be found on www.visitliverpool.com

What else is happening in Liverpool around the same time?

In 2008 Liverpool is the European Capital of Culture so there has never been a better time to visit the city. Full details of what is happening can be found on the official Capital of Culture website. Highlights include a comprehensive exhibition of the Art of Gustav Klimt which begins at the Tate Gallery Liverpool on 30th May. And on 1st June, the day after the Suzuki Fiddlefest, Paul McCartney is playing a sold-out concert at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC.


Nicola Benedetti meets the Liverpool Suzuki Group

Nicola Benedetti performed the Bruch Violin Concerto at the Philharmonic Hall in October 2007 and afterwards met children from the Liverpool Suzuki Group. Nicola learned to play as a Suzuki violinist and is a great inspiration to all young Suzuki players.

Who are the Liverpool Suzuki Group

The Liverpool Suzuki Group are led by Jane Panter and comprise students from age 3 to 17 studying Suzuki books 1 to 8. The group organises an annual North West Suzuki day workshop in March, a biennial residential music weekend in Rydal Hall in the Lake District and perform at least three concerts per year. The group completed a Concert Tour to Noordwijk, Holland in 2007 which followed a tour to Boppard, Germany in 2005.

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