The Dance of the Violin

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On Saturday 6 January, Town Hall Symphony Hall brought the tale of The Dance of the Violin to life at the children’s story steps of Birmingham Library. Based on a true story about violinist Joshua Bell, children were enraptured by performers Michael Loader and Martin Soloman as they told the tale with an interactive workshop and performance of the much-loved book. 

Families at the library heard the story of Joshua Bell, who entered a competition and choose a piece of music that his teacher suggested may be too difficult. But Joshua is determined. During the competition Joshua makes a mistake…but when he asks for a second chance he plays impeccably and wins the competition. 

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The children in attendance made music from unexpected items, including a bag of marbles and a blunt saw, and learnt that hard work and perseverance pay off. They were also taught a valuable lesson that everyone deserves a second chance.   

Enabling children to explore the world of classical music in a relaxed and accessible environment is important to Town Hall Symphony Hall. That’s why we continue to promote the Birmingham Classical Kids Go Free scheme, which enables one young people under 16 ticket to attend for free with every adult ticket purchased. For more information visit

Town Hall Symphony Hall’s collaboration with Birmingham Library took place ahead of Joshua Bell’s performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Symphony Hall on Tuesday 23 January. 

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