Faye Owen to play baritone violin at Laurieton house concert

New instrument: Faye Owen has only been learning the baritone violin for the past six weeks but she said it was a relatively easy transition from the violin.
New instrument: Faye Owen has only been learning the baritone violin for the past six weeks but she said it was a relatively easy transition from the violin.

Faye Owen started learning the violin when she was 11-years old but on July 29 she will perform on a completely new instrument. 

Faye is hosting a house concert in Laurieton on July 29 at 1.30pm and she will play a baritone violin at the event. 

“It’s just a violin which someone has developed thicker strings for,” she said. 

The instrument is an octave lower than the violin and its range falls in between a viola and a cello. 

“It’s a rich and mellow sound,” Faye said. 

The concert is a fundraiser for the Read triplets Anwen, Mahalah and Gideon. They are 10-year-old children living with muscular dystrophy. 

Funds will go towards building a fully accessible house to enable the triplets’ independence. 

Faye originally started learning the piano but her mother didn’t agree with the teacher’s methods so she switched to the violin. 

Faye had a break from the instrument for a period of about 20 years. 

When Faye and her husband moved to the Camden Haven 19 years ago she decided that she would start playing again. 

“I said I’m going to get back to it no matter what and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said. 

Faye loves playing all kinds of music genres including Turkish and jazz. 

She has only been learning the baritone violin for the past six weeks but she said it was a relatively easy transition. 

“As far as actually getting the notes there is not much difference,” she said. 

However she said it’s important to ensure the bow is kept level and to play with a firm hand. 

“Physically it’s more taxing,” she said. 

Entry to the concert is $10 for a single person or $15 for a couple. There will be a raffle drawn. 

To book or for more information please call 6559 7622. People are asked to bring a small plate of food to share for afternoon tea.