Ben Clapton is currently a student of the Conservatory of Music, based at WAAPA, part of ECU. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Music (Music Studies), which he will graduate from in the middle of 2007.

Ben started playing violin through the School of Instrumental Music program at his primary school when he was in year 3. Having learnt under both the Suzuki and Classical methods, Ben is able to bring the best parts of both methods into his playing today. Having had fancies with other instruments such as Piano, Voice, Drums, Percussion and Bass Guitar, Ben has an understanding of many instruments which he is able to include in his compositions, and use to try and produce similar tones on the violin.

Ben draws inspiration from a number of sources. His favourite piece to listen to is the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, a work that inspires him to continue with the violin, no matter who plays it. Ben also listens to as many of the famous artists for inspiration and interpretative ideas, favourites include Menuhin, Fritz Kreisler, Heifetz, Szigeti, Sarah Chang and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Ben also is open to other styles, respecting the artists for their work in their respective fields – artists such as Stephane Grapelli, Vanessa Mae, Bond and others. Ben is also facinated by Ireland and the Irish folk music and enjoys playing along when he can.

About “Top Left Hand Page”

Top Left Hand Page is a common phrase in orchestral rehearsals to say “We’re starting from the very beginning” – it’s often either before or after a derogatory  comment in the direction of the violas or trombones. As this blog is covering my journey into the musical world, and I’m starting from the beginning, I felt this was an appropriate title.

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One Response to “About”

  1. Anna Says:

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the link and I hope you enjoy the blog.
    I shall follow your progress as you enter the musical world!

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