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The most magical, interesting, enchanting and engaging pieces for our students.

Laura Carr

Lovely melodies!


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Features in the new ABRSM syllabus for 2024!

Grades 4 & 5.



Lyrical Violin Legends is an exciting collection of 20 works for violin and piano, featuring exclusively commissioned works by contemporary composers and inspiring new arrangements of 19th and 20th century compositions. Listen to the legends, discover beautiful scenes and enjoy lively dances through the alluring lyricism of this music.


These exclusive works by living composers and new arrangements are suitable for intermediate level players. The violin part includes biographies of all composers and notes/ performance suggestions for each work.


All pieces in Lyrical Violin Legends have free violin & piano recordings to listen to, as well as free piano backing tracks to play along with.


Violin Consultant: Benjamin Smith

Composers: Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Hans Engelmann, Sally Greenaway, Greg Harradine, Jolin Jiang, Scott Joplin, Elena Kats-Chernin, Toivo Kuula, Rachel Laurin, Edward MacDowell, Felix Mendelssohn, Merryl Neille, Heather Percy, Gary Schocker.



  • Contents: 20 pieces

  • Standard: Intermediate level 

  • Key signatures: up to three sharps and three flats

  • Time signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, ₵, 6/8 (including mixed metre)

  • Size: Violin part 44pp (includes composer biographies and performance notes); Piano score 68pp

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"This delightful album will be welcomed by teachers of young students. With many familiar well loved tunes in this album, it also introduces pleasing less recognizable works from many countries."

Review by Ros Hurst in Stringendo, AUSTA, 2022.

Festive Violin Fun by Karen North

I love this book because it not only thoroughly celebrates Christmas from many countries, it includes a range of cultural celebrations which means I can use the book throughout the year!


The arrangements are beautifully and thoughtfully crafted and are well within reach for my students.

Laura Carr, 2024.

Festive VIOLIN Fun


Enjoy hours of playing with this wonderful collection of 50 pieces of festive music from around the world. There are settings of both sacred and secular works.


Music is such an important part of celebrations, and this book brings you a large selection of Christmas songs and carols, as well as music to celebrate the festivals of New Year, Thanksgiving, Harvest, Halloween, Winter Carnival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Doll’s Festival, Star Festival, Hanukkah and St Nicholas Day. 


The arrangements offer maximum flexibility, with solo violin, duet and/or trio settings, and range in standard from Preliminary to Grade 4. The arrangements by Karen North have been prepared in consultation with violin specialist Benjamin Smith.


FREE recordings of every piece in this collection are available on The Young Instrumentalist YouTube channel.


So come and join the celebrations with Festive Violin Fun!



  • Contents: 51 pieces

  • Standard: Preparatory/Preliminary to Grade 4 

  • Key signatures: up to four sharps/three flats

  • Time signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, ₵, 6/8

  • Format: Digital or hard copy

  • Size: 44 pages

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About the Author


KAREN NORTH M. Mus., B.A. (Hons.), Dip. Ed. (Music).


Karen is a music teacher, mentor and book author. She is passionate about bringing music into the lives of children and adults and has enjoyed working in music education for the past 40 years.


Karen’s teaching has been described as creative and dynamic. She was Director of Music ... READ MORE

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