Students tune up for instruments’ debut
Instruments made at the world-renowned Newark School Of Violin Making will be played at an annual concert next month.
Members of the Trent Chamber Academy, who are largely drawn from students at the school in Kirkgate, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo variations for the cello.
Music by Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn will also feature in the concert at Newark Town Hall on May 4 and 5.
Students spend months making violins, violas and cellos, which are then exchanged with members of the string orchestra to be played in the concert.
Miss Marion Pollart, 26, a second-year student from Belgium, said it was a special moment when you heard your violin played for the first time.
“When you work on something for a long time and you hear it get played, it is overwhelming. I cry every time,” she said.
“I am not a violin-player myself, but to see someone learn about the instrument and discover all the secrets it contains is so lovely.
“I will never be able to discover everything about the instrument, so it is very touching and rewarding and reminds me why I am doing this.”
Her violin will be played by first-year student Mr John Wright, who will be playing the lead in the orchestra.
He said the relationship between player and maker was one that developed over the months.
“Over the course of the months you see how the instrument is made, and you can get a lot of feedback,” he said.
“We are all friends here, and it makes the concert that much more special knowing all the instruments we will be playing have been made by our friends.
“The experience for everyone is individual, but for us all to come together as a collective at the end for a final celebration is really nice.”
The instruments will be displayed during the show for prospective buyers.
The concert will also feature students from the woodwind school at Newark College, some of whom will perform with instruments they have restored.
Finn Trucco, 21, a student and orchestra manager, said: “All the preparations for the concert are going well.
“It is a big opportunity for us and we are able to showcase all the work we do throughout the year.”
The guest conductor is Mr Nic Fallowfield, musical director of the Midland Sinfonia orchestra. The guest soloist is cello player Tom Pickles.
The performances on both days start at 7.30pm.
More information about the concert is available at www.trentchamber.co.uk