From 13 June to 11 August 2013 the Ashmolean played host to the most extraordinary exhibition of Stradivari’s instruments curated by Charles Beare, the first time that so many of the finest examples of his ‘golden-period’ where exhibited together in modern times. I was delighted to play a part in this remarkable exhibition, invited by the Ashmolean Museum to provide the official public guided tours of the exhibition. An exhausting and enormously rewarding task, with ever the intimidation of wondering which other expert was listening in.

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