Holy Week Twilight Retreat: Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Ben is looking forward to sharing with the Dayspring Community as they hold their Holy Week Twilight Retreat, as he presents some reflections on J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Johann Sebastian Bach is not only one of the giants of the musical world, but also of the Christian church. Sometimes referred to as the fifth… Continue reading Holy Week Twilight Retreat: Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Ding Dong! Merrily on High

An exciting arrangement of “Ding Dong Merrily on High” that will challenge the choir whilst still providing interest and variety for all parts. Arranged for SATB Choir (without accompaniment) by Ben Clapton, each part takes the melody at some stage. As such all parts are actively challenging and highlighted throughout the performance. Initially arranged in… Continue reading Ding Dong! Merrily on High

What’s in my violin case?

You might think that a violin case is relatively simple. It’s got a violin, and a bow, and not much else. There are multiple things in the case of a violinist that help you get set up and be prepared for any contingency. Here’s a list of what I have in my case.

Rieding Concerto in B Minor

Composed by German Composer Oskar Rieding (1840-1918) and first published in 1909, this concertino which stays completely in first position has become a staple of the beginner violin repertoire. While it isn’t performed regularly, it is often the first concerto a student will learn. The Rieding Concerto in B Minor is an ideal piece for… Continue reading Rieding Concerto in B Minor

Top 5 Violin Showpieces

Violin showpieces are the pieces which are at the limit of violin technique. They are difficult, flashy, and impressive. Here’s my list of the top five violin showpieces. Paganini – Caprice 24 Paganini‘s 24 Caprices are some of the most difficult for the violin, and being able to play any of them is a great… Continue reading Top 5 Violin Showpieces

Czardas – Monti

Composed by Italian composor Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) in 1904, Csárdás was originally written for violin, mandolin or piano, and runs for about four and a half minutes. Written in seven different sections, it alternates tempo and occasionally key to add interest and excitement. Get your copy of Monti’s Czardas from Amazon:

Alternative Symphony plays Perth

Ben has been a member of Alternative Symphony performances in Melbourne, and is excited to be joining them again as they perform in Perth for the first time. Alternative Symphony Presents An Orchestral Rendition of Daft Punk: Greatest Hits Saturday April 16, from 7 pmMagnet House, Perth.Find Tickets – Facebook Event Thats right, for one… Continue reading Alternative Symphony plays Perth