Instrument: Viola



In this film, Nicholas Bootiman introduces his instrument - the viola.

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Why not download our iPad app The Orchestra to learn even more? Visit for more information.

"Have you seen the app called 'The Orchestra'? It is astonishing. For somebody who can't read music to learn how an orchestra functions, to be able to see from the perspective of a flute or a second violin, is really enlightening." - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, quoted in an interview by Richard Fairman, Financial Times, February 2014

The Philharmonia's Principal Viola's Chair is endowed in perpetuity by The Tertis Foundation. For more information on Chair Endowments, please visit: