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© 2019 v gaidoni

Vanessa Gaidoni - Viola Teacher Hitchin Hertfordshire

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Thank you for taking the time to visit.
Viola/violin teacher, Hitchin, Herts



- Trained at the Royal College of Music, studying Viola with Roger Best.


- From open strings to preparation for conservatoire - all ages 6 & up.


- 15 years' teaching experience.

- Lessons are given in purpose-built music studio - Hitchin, Hertfordshire.


- Coordinator of the British Viola Society Young Violists.


- Many of my students enjoy taking part in wonderful organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra (NYO GB), National Children's Orchestra (NCO), Aldeburgh Young Musicians (AYM), Britten Sinfonia Academy, Arpeggione, Pro Corda and move on to music conservatoires and junior music departments.

A Blast from the Past!

A Friend posted this memory from 1989....

Sidney Griller, Yehudi Menuhin,

Martin Lovett, and Yfrah Neaman.

Violin Bow Snaps

This is what happens when you give one of my viola pupils a violin!! 


Great to see Emily and Jemma at the Barbican on the NYO Winter Concert Tour, and at the Royal Albert Hall BBC Prom concert this summer.

C Major!

This photo was taken last term to celebrate Lucy's first ever C Major scale. Beautifully in tune it was too!

Benslow Violas

Two new beautiful Benslow violas for pupils Grace and Evie


Thank you to the Benslow Music Instrument Loan Scheme for lending us four such beautiful violas, we had a spontainious gathering to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From Emily, Zoe, 

Frederik and Grace


Frederik -
NCO Under 13's 2019

Congratulations to pupil Frederik for being offered a place in the viola section of the National Children's Orchestra under 13's for 2019.

Great job and keep inspiring your little sister!

Congratulations Emily - NYO GB Success

Congratulations to pupil Emily for successfully securing her place in the National Youth Orchestra GB viola section.

An exciting year ahead, including a US tour and a concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Whoop Whoop!

Good Luck Abby & Izzy

Congratulations to Abby on graduating from the Royal Academy of Music this summer. Both Izzy and Abby are starting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this year, Abby as a postgraduate and Izzy as an undergraduate. 

AYM & Pro Corda

Congratulations to Grace on becoming an Aldeburgh Young Musician and securing a place on the 

Senior Pro Corda course

this summer.

Summer Postcard

Here is Grace's postcard to the British Viola Society, sharing her musical summer.

BVSYoung Violists

I have recently been invited by the British Viola Society to develop a section for young violists. 

We really want to encourage young players to join us, develop viola friendships and share news and ideas. We offer a warm invitation to all viola players aged under 18. 

Follow the latest Blogs on our WordPress page.

Chat with other young players through our new Instagram account. 

Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition and Festival 2017
Congratulations to all pupils who attended masterclasses & workshops at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in November. Many thanks to Louise Lansdown and her wonderful team, a fabulous time was had by all. To see more photos click HERE
NCO 2017
Congratulations to all pupils who auditioned for NCO this year, well done for being offered
a place in one of the 2017 orchestras.
Benslow Instrument Loan Award
Congratulations to Jemma Starling who won the Benslow Instrument Loan award this year.
Jemma had a lovely time at Benslow and chose a beautiful violin that she can enjoy playing for the next three years.
Britten Sinfonia Academy
Congratulations to both Emily and Ella for being chosen to join the Britten Sinfonia Academy from September 2017.

Great Role Model

Lovely to welcome Abby, my first ever Hitchin pupil, back from the Royal Academy of Music to inspire some of the younger viola players - Thanks for coming along!


RNCM Young Violas is a series of workshops led by Lucy Nolan, and featuring special guests. The aim is simple – Young Violas will provide a chance to learn about and celebrate all things viola!
Christopher Nupen Films
Please take a look at these wonderful films - all available for FREE on Youtube. Nupen has captured many leading musicians
in his documentaries.