Monday, 23 March 2020

Music will help see us through corona crisis

A violin and viola teacher from Great Malvern in Worcestershire is launching lessons via Skype, as schools close across the UK.

Self-employed Daniel Neville normally teaches violin and viola at a wide range of local schools including Hanley Castle and Chantry High Schools, RGS The Grange, Malvern St. James and the Gloucestershire Academy of Music.

With schools set to close indefinitely, he is offering one-to-one lessons via Skype to pupils of all ages and ability levels.

“Being at home for weeks on end has the potential to get boring – but using some of the time constructively by learning an instrument is a fantastic way to challenge yourself, have fun and let off some steam,” says Daniel.

“I’ve already started teaching some of my local students by Skype this week – but I obviously now have the ability to teach people from literally anywhere. 

“My regular pupils range in age from 6 to 80.  If you’re an adult whose playing has lapsed and you are going to be homebound for a while, then this is the perfect time to get back in shape and to rediscover your love of music.”

Father-of-two Daniel Neville also runs a weekly string orchestra in Great Malvern (the Poolbrook String Group), which has also had to temporarily stop as a number of players are over 70.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by all the kind messages of support from members of the string group,” says Daniel.

“It provides a great social network for local players - and we will relaunch again as soon as we get official advice that it is safe to do so.”

42-year-old Daniel Neville is a professionally qualified teacher and is fully CRB checked.  He has extensive experience teaching the violin and viola to pupils of all abilities, from complete beginner through to grade 8.  He also teaches Scottish fiddle repertoire.  Daniel is a music graduate from the University of Birmingham, and a former member of the National Youth Orchestra.  He is also a member of the Kings Quartet, which performs regularly at weddings and social functions across the UK.

For information on the Kings Quartet, go to 

He can be emailed at  or call 07454 359794. 

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