Websites that are useful, people we respect

This page links to sites of interest to Cellobabies, Violababies & Violinbabies players, teachers and parents and to other musicians.

Teachers, courses & resources

Exeter Young Strings An exciting project led by dedicated and experienced string teachers. Kirsty Hugil, the Director, is establishing two music centres as part of an inclusion programme for children from disadvantaged areas of Exeter and is using ‘Cellobabies’ and ‘Violinbabies’ as the main teaching material! A great resources site, run by Catherine Black, a wonderful cellist and cello teacher in her own right. As the site name suggests, Catherine runs a brilliant series of courses for cello players who really want to move on. Her one day workshops include looking at performance and practise. Catherine also runs one day and a stunning six day summer school for ensemble playing of Renaissance and Baroque music – where else would you find such a happy, challenging experience for players of a wide range of abilities – do have a look!

Instruments, repairs & other products

Ackerman Music Sussex based woodwind, brass and strings specialists

AR Distribution Professional products for musicians – bows, hair, rosin, bridges, stands etc

Timothy Batchelar Leicestershire area: Timothy is a nice chap who does little cellos/violins and really cares about getting it right

Bromsgrove Strings Bromsgrove Strings (Birmingham) are highly experienced in string instrument restoration, repairs and bow-making. Chris Howell is happy to supply small size violins and cellos and set them up properly.

The Sound Post Ltd I’m very happy to recommend ‘The Sound Post’. They distribute violins, violas, cellos’ and double bass, plus bows, cases and all sorts of accessories. In particular, they supply small instruments for children, including the multi coloured rainbow violins!

Music organisations

European String Teachers Association Leading organisation for teachers of stringed instruments

National Association of Youth Orchestras Umbrella organisation for the UK An exciting organisation for Christians working in the music profession

Horsham Performers Platform A friendly festival for all ages & standards, based in Horsham, Sussex.

Publishers and Scores

Lindsay Music specialist publisher

Rondo Publishing Viol teaching specialists, by Jacqui Robertson-Wade

Music Publishing Online all sorts of interesting information about music publishing

Rhinegold Publishing Ltd Classical music magazine Publisher: Choir & Organ, International Piano, Classical Music, Opera Now, Music Teacher, The Singer, Early Music Today, Muso Classroom Music and Teaching Drama.

My Music Scores specialising in digital string scores for teachers at all levels

mainly4strings The home of Mainstream Music, one of the largest collections of downloadable and affordable educational string music on the internet

Exam bodies

Associated Board of the Royal School of Music full of useful information – we have linked to the specific page which has many more links of interest to music teachers.

Trinity Guildhall Kay has selected the cello repertoire for the new Trinity Guildhall syllabus, running from 2007.

Website design

Pete Goddard designed and maintains both the websites – a good chap!