String Orchestra

The String Orchestra is a friendly ensemble for beginning string players, who have completed their first year of lessons. It caters for those between Grade 1 and Grade 2/3.

Conductor - Marj Partridge

Conductor

Marj’s music education began with piano lessons, but it was only when she started violin at the age of 13 that she discovered the real thrill of music; playing with other people.

After graduating in Music and Psychology from Glasgow University, Marj taught music in secondary schools before moving to a job teaching violin to all ages.  She became involved with BMYO when looking for suitable group music-making to provide encouragement for some of her private pupils and helped out in a voluntary capacity from 1998 as her two girls progressed through the orchestras.  Marj took over the String Orchestra in 2005, building it up from a small band to its current size in just two years.  Most of those early members are now in the older orchestras – it’s great to see them progress!  Marj has enjoyed playing in orchestras since her teenage years and still plays regularly with Glasgow Sinfonia as well as teaching in 8 schools in Stirlingshire.

The string orchestra has two assistants who are BMYO graduates, Shona Partridge and David Titterington.

Here is a photograph of our String Orchestra at a recent practise night :

string orchestra