Sinfonia in D: BWV 789 ; Allegro: from Divertimento No. 3, K439b ; Fantasia ; Cripple Creek ; Mallorca ; Puck: from Lyric Pieces, Op. 71 No. 3 ; Jiana ; Sonatina ; Valse Caressante: from Six Pieces for Violin and Piano ; Andante cantabile: from Piano Quartet, Op. 47 ; Surprising Variations, on a theme by Haydn ; Elite Syncopations ; Presto: from Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 ; Cantilene: from Three Pieces for Organ, Op. 29 ; Adagio: from Violin Concerto in G, Hob. VIIa/4
Kathy Blackwell, B. Mus. (Hons.), LTCL, LGSM, studied music at Edinburgh University and continued with post-graduate studies in music at the University of Oxford. Kathy is a string teacher with many years experience of teaching violin and viola. She developed her teaching ideas at the coalface in both Music Services and in private practice, working with groups large and small and in one-to-one lessons. She was a strings consultant for the ABRSM Music Medals initiative, a new assessment specifically designed for students taught in groups, and a contributor to the accompanying book All together! Teaching Music in Groups (ABRSM, 2004). Her teaching experience has led her to co-author Fiddle, Viola, and Cello Time, published by Oxford University Press, with her husband, David. Kathy and David have presented workshops in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. David Blackwell studied music at Edinburgh University, after which he pursued a career in music publishing, first at ABRSM and then at Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of OUP's In the Mood: 17 Jazz Classics for Choirs and Carols for Choirs 5, and has published a number of single choral arrangements. He is co-writer with his wife Kathy of OUP's award-winning string series, Fiddle, Viola, Cello Time, and String Time, which have twice won the MIA award for Best Educational Publication. He now works as a freelance music editor, composer and arranger. In 2017 Kathy and David Blackwell received two awards: from ESTA UK in recognition of their exceptional services to string teaching, and from the Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership for significant contribution to music education in Oxfordshire and beyond.
Kathy and David Blackwell need no introduction to string teachers
and students; their Fiddle Time series has gained universal appeal
. . . All 48 pieces are carefully chosen for their educational
value as well as musical appeal. Helpful fingering and bowing
suggestions together with informative notes, stylish piano
accompaniments and a CD with backing tracks as well as full
performances provide an admirable follow-up to the Blackwells'
considerable achievements. * Mary Nemet, Stringendo (AUSTA),
October 15 *
With the introduction of this latest addition to the Fiddle Time family of publications [Solo Time], it would now theoretically be possible to go from complete beginner to ABRSM Grade 8 using only one series of books. That this is the case is a testament to the vast accumulated experience of the Blackwells, which they have so generously shared with their violin teaching colleagues . . . Pieces are not arranged in chronological order, which invites a more playful exploration. There are some real gems . . . The books owe a certain amount to the Associated Board's selected graded repertoire with their helpful (but not over-editorial) fingering and bowing policies, and notes on context . . . these carefully crafted arrangements and editions give pupils access to some interesting and occasionally challenging new repertoire. * The Strad, September 2015 *
I love the new Solo Time books - my students are giving great feedback too. Great pieces to learn in between grades - love 'Sunayama' and its pentatonics. The pieces are pushing my students in a positive way to explore new music and create a thirst to learn new techniques to be able to play these pieces. Thanks for helping us teachers on the front line; these books will definitely be a lovely addition for my students. * Sian Phillips, music teacher and performer, June 2015 *
One piece which especially brought a smile to my face is a fun set of violinistic variations, written by Kathy and David Blackwell, on the theme from the slow movement of Haydn's Surprise Symphony . . . The pieces are slightly 'off the beaten track' and the whole presentation is most attractive with again a backing CD provided. You can also go onto the OUP website and listen to complete performances of some half dozen of the pieces. I envisage teachers using these books a lot with their students. * Anne Inglis, ESTA Arco, Summer 2015 *