New! Paradise Island for String Orchestra

This Grade 1 string orchestra piece features a catchy, singable melody and flexible scoring. The optional easy string parts allow beginners to enjoy the orchestra experience with their friends who have played longer. Light percussion adds a spice to the sound, as does the bouncy, syncopated piano part.

Set includes:

  • Conductor Score

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass orchestra parts

  • all string parts are in first position

  • scoring is complete with or without the Double Bass part

  • optional Easy orchestra parts for beginners, mostly open strings

  • optional percussion – Maracas and Guiro parts

  • Piano Accompaniment part – syncopated rhythms add colour to the sound

  • Rehearsal Piano part – helps beginners who are playing the easy parts to hear the melody and rhythm of the piece

”Having mixed ability string groups will always be a challenge for the orchestra conductor. Paradise Island addresses this issue in a most delightful way. From the first time my students played this innovative piece it was a winner. Paradise Island has the unique combination of an inclusive, easy string part for beginners, along with a melody line which is ‘singable’ and is a challenge to more advanced students. Paradise Island is a wonderful piece and can be performed at any time of year.”
— Dorothy Conaghan, University College Dublin, string teaching specialist and music education researcher
Finally an opportunity to combine first- and second-year string performers on a fun piece with basic Latin percussion (maracas and guiro)! … Martin truly understands beginning strings, offering accessible yet engaging parts… This piece is sure to be a hit for your next combined beginning string festival!
— Review, American String Teacher, November 2016