We had a great weekend in March 2017 with Dutch string teachers in Orvelte, Drenthe, in the north-east of The Netherlands.
We presented four workshops, looking at the teaching ideas and pieces in our books, and playing a range of our ensemble pieces, both published and unpublished. Two wonderful teachers – Marijn Drolsbach and Petra Flipse – have sent us their Dutch translations of songs from our Starters books, and kindly agreed that we can post these on our website (here). We also arranged two Dutch children’s songs for duet and string ensemble – download them free here!
In 2017 we will also be presenting in Portugal (Lisbon and Porto) at the end of April, at the ESTA Summer School in Chichester on 9th August, and will also be at the ESTA weekend with Nicola Benedetti in early May.
In autumn 2016 we had a great time with the string teachers in Cornwall, where we performed a brand-new ensemble piece based on the Cornish May Song, and also presented a workshop in Zurich at the wonderful Musik Hug music store, set out on 5 floors and complete with on-site string workshop.
‘Thank you for the most outstanding workshop in Kentisbeare yesterday. We all had a lovely time, and all the students I taught today were full of enthusiasm for what they had learnt and had told all their teachers! You are both an inspiration to teachers and pupils, and the whole afternoon was such fun!’
Sue Rivett (ESTA UK South West)
‘Kathy and David’s ideas and approach had the ESTA members frantically trying to scribble them down, in the hope that they could remember all of their words of wisdom and put them to good use in their coming weeks of teaching. All the teachers were delighted when they discovered that most of these ideas could be found in the new Starter book.’
Samantha Laverick (Workshop in Leeds, Sept. 2012)
‘It was great to meet you – the writers/composers of so much of the music we listen to daily in our teaching! I know many people enjoyed the workshops immensely.’
Ian Russell (Manager, South DECS Instrumental Music Service, South Australia)
‘Within minutes Kathy had the whole room marching, singing, moving and counting to beginner chants and games. . . . it was great to see so many people becoming involved!’
Melissa Franks (AUSTA National Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, July 2009)