Amy Cardigan and Alice Rickards, two of the newest members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, describe their experiences in the orchestra. They talk about the audition process, preparing for concerts and the difference between the roles of the first and second violins. Amy and Alice also talk about their tuition work with a local amateur orchestra and why they feel a responsibility to pass on what they have learned. Features a duet performance of Bach’s ‘Concerto for Two Violins’.
The role of Violins I and II in a symphony orchestra are demonstrated in this clip. Pupils can learn to identify this particular musical sound from its features. Use this clip as the basis for a class discussion on how to comment constructively on class members’ own work and that of others, including professionals.