European Suzuki Viola Gathering 2017

Fri, 17 February 2017, 3:00 PM - Sun, 19 February 2017, 3:00 PM [GST]

70 Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom


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Fri, 17 February 2017, 3:00 PM - Sun, 19 February 2017, 3:00 PM [GST]

About the event


ESVG-17 will be held at the Watford Music School in Watford, UK. A local map appears below.  Watford is 32 kms (20 miles) from central London, and is relatively easy to get to from all London airports and all parts of the UK.  Watford in served by mainline trains at Watford Junction and Watford High Street stations, and by London underground at Watford (MET) -- less than 5 minutes walk from the Music School.


Registration now closed -- waitlist also closed

Note that the extended deadline for registration,  December 31, 2016, has now been reached.  We  have over 230 registrations, and at this point in time therefore registration is closed.  Please address and enquiries directly to the ESVG 2017 administrator, Peter King,  . 


Registration details

All registration fees include evening meals on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, a ticket to the Saturday evening recital and an invitation to the post-recital party. Registration fees are in pounds sterling and should be paid on-line via PayPal, which accepts all major credit cards.  No refunds will be possible unless the event is cancelled.   Special meals will be available and details of these will be sent to all registrants at a later date. 


Purchase of Tickets for Additional Meals and Other ESVG Events

Registered participants may now purchase extra meal tickets, as well as tickets for the Saturday evening recital, on the Registration Website.  Extra tickets for the Final Concert (free) may also be ordered. PLEASE NOTE that we have a limited number of such tickets available, so they will be limited.  They will be available ONLY until February 6, 2017.  No additional meal tickets will be avilable on site at Watford at the time of ESVG.




ESVG-17 will start on the afternoon of Friday, February 17 2017.  


ESVG-17 will include the following classes and ensembles:

            Suzuki-style viola group classes at all levels

            Viola Ensemble (for pupils with some reading experience)

            Viola Choir (for advanced pupils and teachers)

            Viola for Violinists (for parents, teachers, or siblings who can play to a minimum level of mid-book 3 violin)

            Parent Viola class – meet the viola (no previous playing experience necessary)




Here is the Repertoire List for ESVG-2017:


Summary schedule (subject to change)


Friday  February 17  

15:00 – 17:00          Registration desk open

17:00 - 18:00           DINNER at Watford Music School

18:00 - 19:00           Play-in for all students

19:00 - 20:00           Viola groups at various levels including viola for violinists


Saturday February 18

9:00 – 12:00           Classes and ensembles for viola pupils, parents and teachers.

12:00 – 13:00         LUNCH at Watford Music School

13:30 -17:00           Classes and ensembles for viola pupils, parents and teachers, and teachers’ reading session

17:30 - 19:00          DINNER at Watford Music School

19:00 – 21:30          Concert or recital at Watford Music School followed by reception/wine and cheese party for all.


Sunday February 19

8:30 – 10:00           Teachers’ breakfast meeting  

10:00 – 12:00         Classes and ensembles for viola pupils, parents and teachers, and parents’ round-table.

12:00 – 13:00         LUNCH at Watford Music School

13:00 – 15:00         FINAL CONCERT for all


The event will finish mid-afternoon Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 15:00.



Registration fees do not include accommodation, and attendees should book their own accommodation.  Some suggested local hotels:


Premier Inn, Croxley Green -

+44 871 527 9138

About 10 minutes walk from the Music School and large with well over 100 rooms.  Current price around £140 for a room for 2 nights, and one room could house 2 adults and 2 small children.  Note that there are at least two other Premier Inns in Watford, both of which are further away.


Best Western White House Hotel –

 +44 844 387 6197

 Marginally further from the school than the Premier Inn.  Smaller hotel with 57 rooms and a wider range of different types of room.


Travelodge –

+44 871 984 6320

A well-known chain of moderately priced UK hotels.  According to Google it is 18 minutes walk from the Music School.


Jury’s Inn –

+44 1923 422800

A large hotel in another well-known UK chain. According to Google it is 22 minutes walk from the Music School.  


All these hotels can be booked directly using the links given, or using sites such as and


Participants might also consider commuting from central London.  A branch of the Metropolitan line terminates at Watford Metropolitan Station, which is less than 5 minutes walk from the Music School.


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