I'm going to start taking soundings on the idea of a mini festival - considering MM house or Benton Square community centre as venues. Not sure how it would go, but if I could get half my studio to participate that would be 18-19 kids and I think it's important to do it. Suzuki are never going to run anything closer and more affordable, so I'll damn well do it myself! May also be able to pick up some kids from Woodleigh, but I'll ring and confer before relying on that to boost numbers. If they're not playing a lot of Suzuki repertoire or playing from memory then I'd rather limit inclusion to my own students.
Cello is going well. Today is day 76 and I can play all of Book 1 and 2, and the first 3 pieces of Book 3 reasonably well and mostly without music. Of course I know most of the melodies already, but there are sneaky position shifts and I want to learn good habits and technique, so sometimes I have to check. My aim is to complete Book 3 by the end of the year...that's seven pieces (most of which I DON'T know the melody too, since they're not shared with violin repertoire) and about a month to master each. I think I can do it.