Some frequently asked questions about our music making
What standard do I have to be?
We recommend ABRSM Grade 4 and above plus some experience of playing in ensembles. However people have attended in the past with less experience than this and because of our supportive, inclusive approach they have enjoyed every minute of it
What music do we play?
Since we cater for a wide range of players and interests we choose a very mixed programme of some eight to ten pieces. Past music has included ancient Delphic hymns, music of the renaissance, baroque and classical periods, 20th century favourites and contemporary works. Favourites include Elgar,Purcell, Sibelius, Britten,Brieg, Nyman, Piazzola, Shostakovitch, Vivaldi,
Do we make links with local musicians?
Strings in Greece has a track record of working with local musicians to put on joint performances. These activities are part of our long term commitment to build strong musical links with those living on the island. Our final concert is regularly shared with the local Potamos Philharmoniki and usually includes music written or arranged by local composer Panayiotis Leftheris.
And with Greek composers?
We have commissioned several works from Greek composers, most recently through calls for pieces. The winning work in 2014 comprised three short pieces by Michail Vekiaris. You can download the score of the first piece below
What are we aiming for?
Varied concert programmes comprising both straightforward and more challenging works which, coupled with the inspirational energy of the tutors, results in meaningful rehearsals leading to stunning and memorable performances in front of local, enthusiastic, capacity audiences.