Indian Music


Candida began her career as a teacher of Western classical violin, however she is best known for her contribution to the now-thriving Indian music scene in Britain.

Following a year in India, training in Indian violin with her guru N. Gopalakrishna Iyer (teacher of saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath), Candida made it her aim to integrate Indian music into the mainstream of British education. Having researched the relevance of Indian musical concepts in music education which led to a Fellowship at Trinity College London, she teaches Indian music at keys stages 2, 3 and 4 as well as incorporating aspects of the raga and tala into her regular instrumental teaching. She worked with Trinity College of Music and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Indian Cultural Centre) in London to prepare the Indian music pathway for the Trinity B.Mus. which she co-ordinated until 2009,  the first degree students graduated this year.

Candida works with children, students and teachers with all levels of experience, and her workshops can be adapted to focus on performance or classroom activities. Her two books published by Schott Music – Indian Melodies for violin and for Indian Melodies for alto saxophone – form the basis of her workshop sessions. She commissioned a group of 8 short quartets from the famous Bollywood composer Pyarelal Sharma - called Indian Summer which forms part of the Schotts Quartet series. 

An introduction to Indian Violin technique can be arranged as a one off exercise or through a short course.  The detail of left hand movement required to make Indian ornamentation is however a much longer process. An interesting article on this subject can be found under Ornamentation in South Indian Music and the ViolinExercises to build this up are demonstrated by the leading Indian violinist Kala Ramnath: workshop (excercises) & concert (Madhuvanti) on you tube.