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Sunday 6 February | 12:00pm to 3.30pm 




What is the Viola Day? 

Join us on Sunday 6th February for a fun, low-pressure day celebrating All Things Viola with devoted viola aficionados Rosalind Ventris, Vanessa Gaidoni and Isobel Doncaster.
The day starts at 12pm with a solo recital by Rosalind Ventris including works taken from her debut album: a one-of-its-kind recording of outstanding works for solo viola all by women composers. From toe-tapping Grażyna Bacewicz and Imogen Holst to the haunting ethereal sound of Irish composer Amanda Feery, this is a programme inspired by nature, folk music and dance, showcasing the extraordinary versatility of the viola. 
After a lunch break (and viola-chat), Vanessa and Isobel lead an afternoon workshop beginning with warm-ups and a fun arrangement of The Rhythm of Life in canon and concluding with a massed play-through of Telemann’s Concerto in G for 4 violas.
Who's who?
Rosalind Ventris is a leading advocate of the viola and performs as a soloist and chamber musician internationally. Her career was launched as a prizewinner of the Tertis Competition aged 17. As a soloist, she has appeared at the Bozar, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Slovak Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw. She regularly performs with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective who released their acclaimed debut album on Chandos Records this May. Rosalind is the Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies at the University of Oxford and is the Artistic Director of the Cowbridge Festival.
Vanessa Gaidoni is an experienced viola teacher devoted to developing young players and sharing her passion for music with others. Her students have been awarded scholarships to leading conservatoires and universities and enjoy taking part in projects with organisations such as National Children's Orchestra, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Britten Sinfonia Academy. Vanessa graduated from the Royal College of Music with diplomas in both performing and teaching. She then freelanced as a violist in and around London before devoting her time to teaching.
Isobel Doncaster is a violist and singer currently studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A former member of National Children's Orchestra and Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Isobel studies with Matthew Jones and has previously studied with Lucy Nolan and Vanessa Gaidoni. She is equally at home as a chamber, solo or orchestral player. Isobel teaches viola and violin and has been a workshop leader for Aldeburgh Young Musicians, tutoring chamber weekends and exploratory composition weeks.
 L to R: Rosalind Ventris, Vanessa Gaidoni, Isobel Doncaster
Who is it for?

The day is suitable for viola players with a playing level of Grade 5+ (no exams needed)


How much does it cost? 

£20 all inclusive

What do I need to bring and prepare? 

A packed lunch, a pencil and your viola

Music will be sent out in advance so no sightreading required! Looking at the music beforehand will help you to relax and enjoy the session. Please familiarise yourself with more than one part as we would like to split the parts fairly evenly. 
What if I have some questions? 
Just drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get straight back to you

Sounds great! Where do I sign up? 

Click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of this page and we'll be in touch!



We really look forward to meeting you!