BBC Proms 2017

BBC Proms 2017

  I’m advertising in the BBC Proms programmes this year, so I hope you’ll have a little enjoyment seeing my advert as you listen to the world’s greatest orchestras come to London. And of course, the Proms being what it…

 

Cambridge 2017: Andrea Amati

Cambridge 2017: Andrea Amati

I am delighted to be returning to Cambridge on 11 July to deliver an informal talk on Andrea Amati. Over the last four years, my Cambridge talks seem to have become a regular event in the diary, open to the…

 

Benjamin Hebbert Elected Chairman of the BVMA

Benjamin Hebbert Elected Chairman of the BVMA

  I’m delighted and somewhat humbled to have been asked to stand as Chairman of the British Violin Making Association from September 2016. The association has done incredible work bringing together the fellowship of professional and amateur violin makers both…

 

W.E. Hill & Sons 2016 Study Day

W.E. Hill & Sons 2016 Study Day

  I was delighted to be a major sponsor of the British Violin Making Association’s 2016 Study Day celebrating W.E. Hill & Sons and their legacy in September 2016. The study day coincided with the launch of Derek Wilson &…

 

London’s Newest Violin Shop

London’s Newest Violin  Shop

Newsletter No1 October 2014
Our first newsletter, featuring instruments by Andreas Hellinge, Neil Ertz, Ludwig Neuner, Charles Jacquot, Daniel Parker, Riccardo Genovese & Bela Szepessy

 

George Craske

George Craske

George Craske’s head “was exactly the same shape and measure as Shakespeare’s”. He was also one of the very first nineteenth-century copyists of Del Gesu’s work. We explore some of the finest examples by this extraordinary maker.

 

Blogging for Tarisio

Blogging for Tarisio

For some pleasurable months from 2012-2013, I was able to put (increasingly metaphorical) pen to paper writing blogs on the key lots for Tarisio’s online auction. With the development of the Cozio site, these have been consumed into their back-catalogue…

 

Caged Messiah

Caged Messiah

Antonio Stradivari’s 1716 “Messiah” is the most famous of all his works, but is preserved unplayed. We discuss some of the issues surrounding it.

 

Scrapheap Orchestra

Scrapheap Orchestra

Some life experiences are unforgettable, especially those that your colleagues and clients will never let you forget. One of these was a lecture I gave at the British Violin Maker’s Conference at Dartington the morning after the workshop staff from…

 

Gasparo da Salo, Architect of Sound

Gasparo da Salo, Architect of Sound

The year 2009 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Gasparo da Salo, one of the greatest makers of the sixteenth century, whose instruments influenced the future of the violin. I was delighted to be asked to speak at…