Spiccato with Rhys Watkins violin, Rowena Calvert cello and Ted Wilson viola.


Cardiff University School of Music, February 5


Following last years highly successful "Vibrato"day in collaboration with Cardiff University School of Music, Ted Wilson has organised a "Spiccato" day. Teachers, please come to this event and bring your instruments and pupils with you.

This year Ted will explain how he teaches spiccato to beginners. Using the Halvorsen Passacaglia, Rhys Watkins and Rowena Calvert will demonstrate more advanced techniques, as well as giving Master Classes and participating in a concert at the end of the day.

Separate events are planned throughout the day for teachers, University & College Students and pupils.  Teachers; please enrol your pupils for this event. Pupils should be at least grade 3 level, but we will be coaching at 3 levels, Grade 3+ Grade 5+ and Grade7+. Adult pupils are most welcome.

The following types of Spiccato will be discussed:

a. Ricochet
b. Slow Spiccato at the heel, including large string crossings
c. Medium speed Spiccato
d. Col Legno
e. Sautille
Particular attention will be paid to the role of the thumb in controlling the angle of the hair, the movement of the left elbow to maintain the bow parallel to the bridge and the alteration of the bow position when changing strings.


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  • Faculty

    Ted Wilson










    Ted came to Cardiff in 1976 and was a member of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera for 18 years. He now works as a violin and viola teacher in Cardiff specializing in teaching beginners of all ages to beyond grade 8. Former pupils include, his daughter Nicole Wilson, Daniel Palmizio, Rhys Watkins now a 1st violin in the LSO plus lots of others who now work in the profession. Younger ex pupils include Menglin Li, leader of the under 13 National Children’s Orchestra, now taught be Professor Robin Stowell and 16 year old Charlie Lovell-Jones who is to play the Waxman Carmen fantasy with the John Wilson Orchestra and has a number of bookings with the English Chamber Orchestra. Charlie is now a pupil of Rodney Friend.


    Now aged 73, Ted willing admits that all his grade 8 pupils have better vibrato than he has, but he did teach them how to do it!


    Ted has been a member of the ESTA Council and was a director of ESTA 2013, the company that presented the highly successful international ESTA conference in Oxford. In May 2015 he was given an ESTA award for “Exceptional services to ESTA (UK).


    Rowena Calvert









    Rowena Calvert was a founding member of the Cavaleri Quartet who were Second Prize winners at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2014 and winners of the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. In addition to this, they were also awarded the Brahms Society Prize and Mendelssohn Prize from the Oscar and Vera Ritterman Foundation. In 2011 they were recipients of the ‘Special Prize’ at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition and first prize winners of the Royal Over Seas League chamber music competition.

    Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Musikverein in Vienna, Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Schubertiade in Austria, Auditorio Nacionale (Madrid), Teatro Toniolo (Venice) and Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow) as well as a major tour of New Zealand, Australia and South America. The Cavaleri Quartet also performed at all of the major London concert halls and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Radio Clásica, Spain, NDR Kultur and SWR Radio, Germany.


    Rowena graduated from the RNCM, having studyied with Hannah Roberts. Whilst there she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal, the Sir John Barbirolli prize, the Leonard Rose award and received the highest mark for her final recital. In the U.K. Rowena has performed solo in the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and most recently the Royal Albert Hall where she featured as the solo cellist in Carlos Acosta's Classical Farewell. Rowena and her husband, Rhys Watkins, have recently founded Hertford Concert Series in their home town.



    Rhys Watkins










    Born in Cardiff in 1982, Welsh violinist Rhys Watkins enjoys an established career as a soloist, recitalist and orchestral leader. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2004, with a First Class Honours Degree, having won prizes from the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Philharmonia/Martin Music Scholarship, the Atlantic Foundation and the Prince of Wales Advanced Study Award and continued his career as a freelance violinist until 2009, when he was made a member of the first violin section of the London Symphony Orchestra.

    In 2006 Rhys was a finalist and prize-winner (laureate) in several major competitions including the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition (Belgrade) and the Paganini International Violin Competition (Moscow).

    He is a member of the award-winning Artea String Quartet. As well as frequent live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, the Quartet have performed in many festivals and major concert halls throughout the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Conway Hall, Fairfield Hall and St. George's, Bristol.

    As an orchestral leader, Rhys works regularly with Sinfonia Cymru and is proud to have been a founder member and the current leader of Symphonica Tywi. Rhys was one of the main contributors to the recent television series 'Valley of Song' which was broadcast on BBC television in 2011/12.

    Rhys also has a duo, with violinist David Worswick, called 'Mazzepa'. They made their debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2012 at the Barbican Centre and have since gone on to perform throughout the world together.

    Rhys plays on an 18th century violin by Lorenzo Storioni.

    To hear Rhys play click here:

  • Details and Costs


    School of Music Cardiff University

    Music Building
    Cardiff University
    Corbett Road
    CF10 3EB


    (0)29 2087 4816


    10 am to 4.45 pm



    Cardiff University and RWCMD students: FREE

    Jesta/Adult students: £10

    ESTA Member: £20

    ESTA Non Member: £25

    ESTA Student member: £15

    ESTA Student non Member: £20



  • Timetable




    ESTA Day – Sunday 5th February 2017 – 10 am to 4.45 pm


    Cardiff University School of Music, 31 Corbett Rd., Cardiff CF10 3EB

    Please use Concert Hall Entrance


    Main contact – Ted Wilson 07 795 298 924





    Main Hall

    Room 1

    Room 2

    From 9.30





    10.00 am



    Dr. C Rae



    10.10 am


    Recital - Halvorsen

    Rhys & Rowena





    Ted, Rhys & Rowena

    Demo.  Different types of Spiccato

    Everyone participating



    11.20 am





    11.40 am


    Pupils with Phil Aird, Rhys, Richard Barlow John Shayler & Rowena

    Play through Student works

    Teachers with Ted, Jane and Antoinette

    Current AB pieces using Spiccato


    Possibly second room for Cellos?

    12.20 pm







    Main Hall

    Room 1

    Room 2

    Room 3

    1.10 pm


    30 mins Teachers Phil Aird

    Partplay’ What, how & the future

    Rowena & Antoinette


    Student Works

    John Shayler


    Student Works

    Rhys & Richard Barlow


    S. Works


     Ted, Rhys & Rowena helping with S. Works as required

    1.40pm Teachers

    John S.

    CT overview

    & sample lecture?

    2.00 pm

    R Barlow

    Violin 3 Viola 3 & Cello 3

    S. Works

    2.00 pm

    Jane Gregory

    Violin 2

     Viola 2 &

     Cello 2

    S. Works

    2.00 pm


    Violin 1

    Viola 1

    Cello 1

    S. Works

    2.45 pm

    Pupils to join Master Classes

    2.20 pm


    Violin & Viola

    Master Class

    2.45 pm Rowena


    Master Class


    Ted etc. to help pupils with S. works only if necessary

    3.45 pm


    Everyone Concert Run through




    4.15 pm






    4.45 pm






    4.45 pm

    John Shayler & Dr. C Rae Closing Address



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