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Index to sections of this website
National resources
Music purchase Shops (Inc. CDs)    
Cervetto biography The Cello My Forster Cello  
University music *YouTube performances*    
My Videos Bits & Pieces Insurance *Twostep violin*

Local Orchestras and Choirs
City of Southampton Orchestra  [My orchestra] Southampton Choral Society
Southampton Concert Orchestra [Hugh's orchestra] Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra Southampton Concert Wind Band
Southampton University Sinfonietta Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra
Southampton Youth Orchestra Welsh National Opera
Southampton University Chamber Choir Oxford Rehearsal Day
Winchester Symphony Orchestra The Havant Orchestra

Venues Local resources National Resources
  Southampton music Hub for young musicians  
Southampton Guildhall   Music for hire, This site below
Turner Sims Concert Hall Triangle Pianos  Good stock of all music More Asian Music Circuit
Thornden Hall Geoff Denyer Violins Winchester J&A Beare Top dealer
Romsey Abbey Restalls Emsworth. Countess of Munster Trust
Mayflower Theatre Arc-Verona String instruments Romsey The Arts Council
Nuffield Theatre Thestringzone Online Surrey-based shop Music Dictionary
Central Hall Southampton Music in Romsey  
Cadogan Hall Art Asia
Wigmore Hall University Music Department Music with Ease music resources

Southampton Music Services

Making music
  Music in Salisbury Music Web International
  Production Advice. Ian Shepherd's sound engineering site Kalmus LINKS great resource
  South Wessex Organ society including Pipe Ip organ training Cowbridge Music Festival


Music purchase Sheet music downloads Music on line
Fullermusic excellent uk site [strings] Guide to many sites for this Spotify [free listening]
  IMSLP Petrucci Music Library (The best) YouTube
Presto classical shop, reviews WIMA: Werner Icking Music Archive Classic Cat [free downloads]
Musicroom shop Free-Scores BBC Classical music
Arkiv music Classic Cat


Di-Arezzo BBC Sounds
Goodmusic publishing 8notes  
Sheetmusicplus Mutopia Classical music online broadcast
Becketts Southampton Dots4Strings Sheet music for string quartets  
Boosey Shop  
   Also see THE CELLO    
   Also see  PUBLISHERS    
Music shops online
Also see Music purchase Boosey & Hawkes    Oxford University Press
Strings Direct Chester/Novello Schott
EECello music Faber Stainer & Bell
Musicroom shop Goodmusic publishing Wise Classical
Thestringzone Online Surrey-based shop Kalmus International Music Co
Arkivmusic Excellent American source Peters Ricordi
Boosey shop Breitkopf & Hartel
Becketts, Southampton Complete list of music publishers
Purchase of CDs
Amazon PRESTO classical Selections    
ArchivMusic: Good way of finding CDs - then buy in UK  
Music hire
Westminster music library Havant Orchestra Hiring Advice
Encore music catalogue SUSO hire
Pocket Publications United Music Publishing Bathgate Concert Orchestra
OUP Music for hire SYO list  
Schott Music Centre for Young Musicians library  
Boosey & Hawkes Josef-Weinberger  

TwoSet violin Wonderful Australian /Chinese violinists Youtube performances, extracting everything funny from the life of classical musicians
Their website

TwoSet violin      Click on link
Their excellent technique https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/1089834851181237/
Great composers and how it feels to play their music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUS-YreXpZk&index=14&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM
Chicken fur elise https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/252437685438015/
Things music students say https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/259438804737388/
Bad violin habits https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/281480502467961/
Pachebel chicken https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/1555046231266406/
Guess the violinist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuLDw9m_4fg
Guess the tempo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOWMl1zclOk

Guess composer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj70v4t5PD0
Types of violin teacher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSn-rvtfNAw
Why the violin is so difficult https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osRzbY_AdaM
Types of musicians mums https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvokwz5PbI4&index=3&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM
What not to do as a violinist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V45Bh2JQhk&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM&index=7
Performance anxiety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHPA8ICwTUM&index=11&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM
Vibrato problems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Fp3N3xiIU&index=12&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM
How not to be leader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r52RNDHLzAg&index=29&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM
Perfect pitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz18hxcaR34&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM&index=20
How not to be a conductor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvS87skyfZ4&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM&index=23
What musicians do in the pit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpG-uAc-WmA&index=24&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM
Viola jokes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOGDF9FjCKU&index=25&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM
Brilliant young fiddlers https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/1482424878528542/
Fasted fiddler https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/617919168604151/
Ling ling workout https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/226873564901381/

Menuhin competition Christian li https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/1480377475399949/
Faking https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/2185278125057494/
Bach  v  Beethoven https://www.facebook.com/TwoSetViolin/videos/322112868591941/
Playing great music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUS-YreXpZk
How to be orchestra leader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r52RNDHLzAg
Problem of people with perfect pitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dr5ch1gkQI&index=2&list=RDosRzbY_AdaM


                                     THE CELLO
General Cello Stuff
The sound of the Cello (YouTube performances; video)
Cervetto biography    
Cello Heaven [forum] Cellists Cello works [Many performers]
Internet Cello Society Pei-Sian Ng CONCERTOS SONATAS
The Cello: Great Wikipedia site Pei-Sian & Pei-Jee Ng (Elena) Dvorak Bach [Unaccompanied]
E & E Cello music Pei-Sian & Pei-Jee Ng (Popper) Haydn  
Cellos2Go US shop Rostropovich Elgar Bach
  Pablo Casals Shostakovich Beethoven
  Yo Yo Ma Saint Saens Rachmaninov
Pei-Sian Ng  Cellist Danill Shafran Schumann Prokoviev
  Steven Isserlis Vivaldi
Rostropovich Biography [Wilson] Misch Maisky Schumann [Maisky] Brahms No 1
  Natalia Gutman   Brahms No 2
Pei-Sian Ng CD Rachmaninov Du Pre   Franck
  Paul Tortelier   Britten
  Pierre Fournier   Mendelssohn No 1
Master Classes [YouTube] Maurice Gendron   Mendelssohn No 2
Tortelier Master Classes Janos Starker    
Rostropovich master class Heinrich Schiff  
Isserlis Han-Na Chang
Andre Navarra [Lessons] Piatagorsky  
Leonard Rose    
  Crazy Electric Cellos  


The most usual insurer of musical instruments is Allianz [previously British Reserve]. When they took over British reserve a new company was established by some previous employees; this company is Newmoon Insurance.
Newmoon Insurance      Website    
My insurance was 15% cheaper.

YouTube Performances
Note that sometimes you have to wait for an advert to play before seeing the performance
Piano Trios Cello (Many performers) on YouTube  
Piano quartets    
String Quartets SHOSTAKOVICH plays his piano concerto  
Symphonies Piano quintet Shostakovich [Maisky, Bell, Argerich]  
  David Oistrakhsky plays Tchaikovsky  
City of Southampton Orchestra    
Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Aria; Dansa  
         Alternative Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Aria  
Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1. II Preludio (Modinha)  

Piano Trios from YouTube Piano quartets  
Smetana Mvt 1
Smetana Mvt 2
Smetana Mvt 3
Faure 1st piano quartet in C minor (Quatour Ebene)
Faure 1st piano quartet in C minor (Leopold Trio)

Saint Saens No 2 Movt 1.

Tchaikovsky piano trio Op 50 complete     By Kissin, Bell Maisky  
Shostakovich No. 2. Op 67. Mvt 1
Shostakovich No 2. op 67 Mvt 2
Shostakovich No 2.Op. 67. Mvt 3

Shostakovich No 2. Mvt 4

String quartets from YouTube    
Schubert Death and the Maiden Quartet Ia   Ib   2a   2b   3    4    
Mozart K458   I  II   III   IV    
Mozart K575. I   IV    
Beethoven Op 18 No 1. Mvts I   II   III    IV        
Beethoven Op 18 No 4. Mvts I   II   III    IV;     Other versions:    III    
Beethoven Op 18 No 6. Mvts I   II   III    IV    
Debussy Op 10   Mvts I  II   III   IV    
Shostakovich No 1. Mvts     II     III    
Shostakovich No 8. Mvts I & II     III     IV & V    
Beethoven Op 127 by Ysaye quartet complete quartet    

Carl Nielsen 4th Symphony      Sound only      Mvt    II    III    IV           
Carl Nielsen 4th Symphony     Great Videos:   Mvt IV only: BBC Symphony   Danish National    
Copland Symphony No 3    Mvt I    Mvt II    Mvt III   Mvt IV    Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra    
Shostakovich Symphony No 7 The Leningrad      Gergiev           Marion Alsop       2nd Violin part; performance of whole symphony    
Gershwin Piano concerto Mvt I   Mvt II part 1       Mvt II part 2      Mvt III
The concerto used in Yu-Na Kim 2009 GPF LP 'Gershwin Piano Concerto major' - 2010 Olympic Champion Queen Yuna

Top of Music

Miscellaneous bits and pieces  
Patel: Neuroscience Elgar and Debussy    
All about Elgar    
CD list xls    
Derren Brown 'Mental conducting'    
Gramophone magazine    
Bach Double concerto [Many performances]    
Bach Double concerto [Menuhin/Oistrakh; 1st]    
Bach Double concerto [Menuhin/Oistrakh; 2nd]
Bach double 1st mvt.     2nd Mvt
Rachel Podger & Andrew Manze
Bach Double concerto 3rd mvt. Menuhin/Voicu    


City of Southampton Orchestra
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Website: www.csorchestra.org:      CSO facebook page    

Principal Conductor: John Traill     
All previous concerts: A database of all concerts between 1971 and 2023
Complete set of all our concert flyers from 1994 - 2023;     Previous brochures 2008 - 2018  
Our programme notes from May 2022
Our present season (2023)
Our 2021 - 2022 Season
Our Covid-interrupted season 2019 - 2020
Our 2018 -2019 Season
The Vision of The Reverend Eric Johnson in Romsey Abbey during our Elgar concert
VIDEOS of CSO [Bachianos Brasileiros;   Vaughan Williams' London symphony]
                  Our next concert      July 6th 2024                                

A Youtube performace of the Gaelic Symphony of Amy Beach

Our 2024 season    
Our 2023 season    



Our Post-covid season 2021 - 2022


2nd July 2022. Romsey Abbey

With Romsey Choral Society and The Waverley Singers

Elgar Dream of Gerontius

Our Covid-disrupted season (2019 - 2020) TOP
Our last concert of this season was on 7th March, 2020. At the last minute our scheduled soloist was unwell and was replaced by
Callum McLachlan   

Our  2018-19 Season        TOP 


The Vision of The Reverend Eric Johnson in Romsey Abbey during our Elgar concert

 Eric is a friend I met at School about 60 years ago. He moved recently to Dorset and so had little choice about coming  at last to one of our concerts. The following (slightly edited) is from the ‘Pew Leaflet’ of St. George’s Church, Christchurch.

 Two thousand years ago St. John the Divine had a vision of The Kingdom of God which he wrote down in the Book of Revelation. So have I, but my vision was more recent and I'm writing it down now. His vision of the coming of The Kingdom involved violent struggles between the forces of Good and Evil, mythical beasts, cosmic events, lakes of fire and a new Kingdom coming down from on high. My less-spectacular vision came to me sitting on a hard seat in Romsey Abbey. The fact that it was a church doesn't really come into it, it could have been any large, indoor space. The occasion was a concert of works by twentieth century English composers, given by the City of Southampton Orchestra. My friend of long standing, Chris Anthony, was playing 'cello.

As the evening progressed I got to thinking about what was actually going on. There was all the physics of sound, vibrations in wood and brass, strings and percussion, transmission through the air, the biology of hearing - but more than that there was the human side.

Here were about sixty musicians from all different backgrounds, different ages, men and women playing different instruments, all working together to create a unique, musical happening. Each had his or her individual skills and accomplishments. They had obviously rehearsed conscientiously to interpret the dots on the pages according to the wishes of their conductor, with respect to the intentions of the composers, and together they created, by integration of their skills, rapturous, living music in the experience of their audience. To me this was a vision of the way people can work together, uniting their varied skills to create transcendent harmony and beauty. To me, it was a vision, a model, of the way men and women  can express love and create peace and justice in our sometimes sad world. When it happens it is what I think of as the Kingdom of God.


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