This celebratory March was composed by Johann Strauss Sr. to commemorate Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz's victory at the Battle of Custoza.

What We're Playing

The Violin Orchestra is a unique, friendly group that welcomes EVERYONE, of EVERY age and level, from ANYWHERE!

The Livestream will also feature music from Ensembles and Course participants of ViolinSchool, who will perform a wide variety of pieces before the Violin Orchestra begins.

The Violin Orchestra is run by the team at ViolinSchool. It's conducted by Simon Hewitt Jones, with music arranged by David Worswick.

Because of current Covid-19 restrictions, in-person participation in London will likely be limited on this occasion only to violinists who:

a) can comply fully with current Coronavirus restrictions
b) are either:

a previous participant of the Violin Orchestra
- a participant in Autumn Term 2020 at ViolinSchool
- already known to Simon, David, Matthew, Setareh, Marisol, or any of the ViolinSchool Team 

Alternatively, if you are new to the Violin Orchestra, you can send us a video recording, so that we fully understand your experience level before you join.

All participants under the age of 16 must also be accompanied by an adult.


Playthrough (via Zoom):

Date: Saturday 28th November 2020.
Time: 4pm GMT / 11am EST (approx 90min)

a replay of this session is now available on the music page, after registration!

Rehearsal (via Zoom OR in London, England):

Date: Saturday, 5th December 2020.
Time: 4pm GMT / 11am EST (approx 2 hrs)

a replay of this session will be made available within 24 hours. If you would like to join us IN PERSON in London (Pimlico SW1), register below and we will send you the venue address

Livestream Performance on YouTube:
presented LIVE from London, England

Date: Saturday, 12th December 2020.
Start Time: 2.30pm GMT / 9.30am EST (running time 90min)

Live on YouTube! 2.30pm GMT / 9.30am EST

This beautiful piece of music by french composer Delibes is a world-famous operatic duet ... with a gorgeous tune!


The famous Leonard Cohen song; an uplifting sonic journey of joy, loss, pain, and cathartic celebration.


The Violin Orchestra Big Christmas Show

Saturday 12th December 2020

YOU can be part of it! Register below...

support@violinschool.com | +44 (0) 20 3051 0080

We'll finish the livestream with a selection of fun, famous Christmas songs, including Deck the Halls, In the Bleak Midwinter, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas!


Which Part Do I Play?

All our music arrangements are made especially for the Violin Orchestra, so you can choose which part is best for you.

If you're already an experienced orchestral player, you can choose the Violin A or Violin B parts, which are comparable to a standard symphony orchestra Violin 1 and Violin 2 part.

If you can play fluently, but don't yet have a lot of orchestra experience then you can choose Part C, which uses notes in 1st position only.

If this is your first time playing in an orchestra, then choose open string Part D. Even if you can already play with the fingers, it'll reduce the amount you have to think about, so you can focus on making music!

Any Questions?

Q: Where can I get the sheet music / backing tracks?
A: They're waiting for you to download on the other side of the registration form. 

You'll be taken to a page where you can download PDFs, playalong tracks, and playthrough / rehearsal replays.

Q: I'm participating remotely. How / when do I send in my recording?
A: You can record an audio MP3, or a video - whatever's easist for you. Email it to support@violinschool.com. Please try to send it to us by the end of the day on Monday 7th December - or email by this date to let us know it's on the way! 

We must have your recording by about Wednesday morning (9th December), so it can be added to the mix in advance of Saturday's event.


Q: I'm coming to London. Do I need to bring music / a music stand?
A: Music stands will be provided, but you will need to bring your own music. Course participants are encouraged to perform from memory. Ensembles and Orchestra pieces will be performed using sheet music.

Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Black, with a splash of ViolinSchool colours! (Purple, Red, Gold, Yellow, Grey/Silver, Black, White). 

Q: What time do I need to arrive?
A: Not before midday (unless you're playing in the ViolinSchool Ensembles, in which case not before 10am).

Q: Do we perform standing up, or sitting down?
A: Standing up. But if you need to sit down whilst performing for health reasons
that's OK too - but you must let us know in advance, so the stage manager can prepare a chair for you.

Q: What time is my soundcheck?
A: This will be confirmed to all registered performers by email, at least 24 hours before the event.

Q: What do I do with my case/luggage/etc.
A: There will be a dedicated storage area in the venue where you can store your bags during the show.

Q: How many audience / friends / family can I bring?
A: We are limited by Covid-19 restrictions and it will depend on total numbers. We will endeavour to offer one audience place to each performer, and more spaces MAY be available. We will confirm this to you by email a few days before the event.

Q: My question isn't covered here. What should I do?
A: Email your question to support@violinschool.com

© ViolinSchool 2020


YouTube / Zoom

The show will be relayed live via ViolinSchool's YouTube Channel. (If you are participating live, you will need to log in via Zoom (the Zoom grid will be merged into the livestream). 

Please note that we will not be able to take your audio feed live (one day the internet will be fast enough for this ... but not yet!), therefore all remote participants are pre-recording the Radetzky March and Jingle Bells.

In London

The live show will take place at St John's Church in Waterloo, a concert hall near to Waterloo Station in London. Soundchecks will begin at midday London time (earlier for ViolinSchool Ensembles), and the show will start at 2.30pm GMT.



You can watch the whole show live on ViolinSchool's YouTube Channel from 2.30pm GMT / 9.30am EST on Saturday 12th December. The stream will also be relayed on other social platforms, and on www.ViolinSchool.com.

In London:

We will have a limited number of audience places available, subject to current Coronavirus restrictions. Please email support@violinschool.com to request a place on the guestlist.

Covid-19 Information

If you are travelling to London, please be aware that London is in Tier 2 UK government restrictions at the moment.

We will be ensuring that the event is delivered in a 'covid-secure' way, and a full event plan will be provided to all participants.

Participation in the show is open to all ... the majority of performers will be from the ViolinSchool community, but we also welcome violinists from all over the world who are joining us for the first time!

When you register to take part (registration form is below, at the bottom of this page), you'll have instant access to the sheet music and rehearsal replays, so you can get started straight away!

There are different parts to choose from - from symphony orchestra-standard 'A' and 'B' parts, to 1st position-only C part, and even an open strings-only part D!

Read on to find out all about the project, and how you can be part of the show ... !

Yes, I'm coming to play!

We look forward to welcoming you! Fill out this registration form, then you'll be taken straight to the sheet music downloads.

The Violin Orchestra is a community project, and we must cover costs. Therefore, if you would be able to make a small donation towards the cost of your participation, we would be most grateful.

For remote participants, a suggested minimum donation of USD $35 (GBP £25) would be appreciated.

For in-person participants in London, a donation of £100 would be appreciated, or £25 for existing course participants.

Enrolled Term Pass holders - your participation costs are already covered, and you do not need to make a donation towards costs.

100% of all funds go towards production costs, and making the show as spectacular as can be!

for London participants

How it Works

The event will take place LIVE on YouTube and you can take part from anywhere

You will pre-record your audio part for Radetzky March and Jingle Bells, then join in with the show live via Zoom

The video live feed from all remote performers will be merged into the livestream, and the pre-recorded audio will be merged in for the Radetzky March and for Jingle Bells.

Alternatively, come and join us in London (England)! 

The show is anchored live from St John's, Waterloo, and will feature the Violin Orchestra performing live onstage (alongside the remote participants on a big screen!)

Register Now! (£GBP)Register Now! ($USD)

Here's a short clip from last year's event! Come and be part of the fun in 2020...

In 2020 you can take part REMOTELY from anywhere ... or join us in London! Read on to find out how ...

REHEARSAL Saturday 5th December!

11am EST / 4pm GMT on Zoom

Or ... in the UK? Join us in London (Pimlico) from 4pm!