Following the tercentenary celebrations for Stradivari’s Messiah at Cremona in 2016, I am delighted to take the lead in the organisation of a two day conference on the violin to take place in Oxford on 16-17th September for the British Violin Making Association in conjunction with the Ashmolean Museum.

In the public eye, the Messiah is certainly one of the most controversial objects in display in any museum, and since it emerged from Italy in the 1860s there have been many calls have questioned it’s authenticity. In this conference, our aim will be to interrogate all of the allegations put forward about the Messiah and demonstrate how they have been tested them against the best evidence possible.

The conference is open to the public, although it is cheaper for you if you join the BVMA in order to attend, and members of other violin making organisations worldwide are admitted for the same member’s rate.

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