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In this Edition:

Early Childhood Music - 'Come & Try' - 16:30 Friday, September 27th
Boomwhacker Diploma
Ensembles beginning in October
End of Year Concert Series - December 14th
Farewell Pedro Diaz & Welcome Alberto Valcarel
Trinity College, ABRSM & RSL Exams
 

Free Early Childhood Workshop 

16:30 Friday, September 27th
Free 'Come & Try' for our Early Childhood (2-4) and Music Preparation (4-6) from 16:30, Friday September 27 at our Mooof studios in Den Haag. Register your place be emailing the name and age of your child to admin@virtuosi.nl 
 
Students are welcome to complete the Boomwhacker circuit and obtain their 'Boomwhacker Diploma before or after their instrumental lessons. Reading and ensemble skills will be tested as you accompany either myself (Trevor Howe), Alice Boccafogli or other selected staff member (by arrangement) on colourful plastic tubes. Sign up at the office door, allowing 20 minutes before or after your regular lesson time and we will contact you to confirm your 'test' appointment. Pitches can be borrowed (and returned) from the office for practicing from now... a successful performance of the first line / part of each piece painted around the studio walls is required to obtain the Diploma. Why not give it a whack!

End of Year Concert Series - December 14th, 2019

Please select one of the links below to register for a session and be part of our Christmas Student Concert, to be held in the Pianino Theatre on December 14th, 2019 over four 45 minute sessions. All pupils are encouraged to present their favourite piece (or two). For our planning, please let us know upon registering if you intend to perform pieces longer than 5 minutes duration.
11:00 Concert
13:00 Concert
15:00 Concert
17:00 Concert

Interview with a Teacher


In this edition we talk to Alberto Valcarcel, who takes the place of Pedro Diaz as he takes leave to embark upon a Master's program at the Royal Conservatiore. Alberto is also from La Palma, Canary Islands and recently completed his own Masters degree in Tilburg. We warmly welcome Alberto, and wish Pedro well  - Sacapuntas!!!!

What brought you to The Netherlands?

Classical Guitar Studies with Marlon Titre, at the Fonty's Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Tilburg.

What do you miss most about home?

Sun, the weather.

What is one highlight from your career so far?

Winning a Scholarship from the Mapfre Fundacion for achieving the highest qualification across the Canary Islands. This allowed me to continue my studies abroad. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to play video games whenever I can find the time.

Do you have any practice tips or advice for students?

Please play slowly and correctly!

What is your favourite piece of music? Why?

Chaccone in d minor by J.S. Bach

If you could learn an instrument you don’t already play, what would it be?

Piano

What has been your biggest revelation / inspirational teaching moment as a teacher or pupil?

My best moment as a student was realising the developmental process in my music school. I initially didn´t really know what I was doing there, and a few years after, came to understand this is where music became a lifestyle.

Alberto playing Claude Debussy's Claire de la Lune from Suite Bergamasque


Ensembles from October 2019

Thank you everyone who ran or partcipated in an ensemble in 2018/19. The following ensembles run from October 2019:

Elckerlyc - Guitar Ensemble - Mondays 15:15
 Music Preparation (4-7 years) - Fridays 16:45 - 17:30
Virtuosi - Piano Duetto/Terzetto - Wednesdays 18:15-18:45
Virtuosi - Children's Music Programs (1-6 years) - Fridays 16:00-17:45
Virtuosi - Children's Choir - Fridays 17:45-18:30
Harp Ensemble - Saturdays
Adult Renaissance Recorder Consort - Saturday afternoons
Rock Band / Glee Club (TBA)

If you have any questions regarding the ensembles above, please talk to your teacher or send an email to the office: admin@virtuosi.nl 
 

Exams

The RSL exams are now coming to The Hague. Future exams will be held at our Mooof studios with sufficient candidates. Click on the RSL logo to view sample materials and find out more about RSL exams.
TBA - Trinity Exams are held at the International School of The Hague. Check the ISH website directly for updates and speak with your teacher should you be thinking of preparing as a candidate. Parents can contact the office should they require a syllabus or a book for Trinity Guildhall grade exams. 
ABRSM
Details of practical & theory exams sessons for 2019 are available on the ABRSM's NL website. Should you be interested in your child sitting for a practical or theory exam (compulsory under the ABRSM syllabus from Grade 5) talk with your instrumental teacher or contact the office. View the ABRSM's new website for the Netherlands here.

 - Full Course Offerings 2019/20 -

 
Early Birds 1-2 yrs - Fri 16:00-16:30 (Mooof - Den Haag) & Sat 9:15-9:45 (Elckerlyc - Leiderdorp)

Early Childhood 2-4 yrs - Fri 16:30-17:00 (Mooof - Den Haag) & Sat 10:30-11:00 (Elckerlyc - Leiderdorp)

Music Preparation 4-6 yrs - Fri 17:00-17:45 Sat 9:45-10:30 (Elckerlyc - Leiderdorp)

Music Theory

'Glee Club' Pop Choir / Rock Band 

1 to 1 Instrumental lessons - Mon - Sat by appointment - all ages, all instruments & styles

Jam / Band Sessions - Outside of teaching hours with optional coaching

Adult Music Appreciation - 4 persons (min) including a concert


New enrolments are welcome.

To register your interest or for further information about any of our course offerings, please contact us via our website.
Staff CD's, Recordings & Publications are available for purchase from the Office and on concert days. Thank you for supporting independent music!
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