It’s been a while since I updated my blog. Wow, what a year so far! I wasn’t going to talk about Covid, but it’s impossible to ignore. After knowing and working closely with many musicians over the years, I really feel for the industry and their future. Let’s hope things turn around quickly and they can get back to playing beautiful music and being being able to share it with us live again. The last concert I attended was Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Usher Hall in February. It seems like a life time ago!
In the workshop I’m currently working on an Andrea Guarneri viola for a player in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This is the third viola I’ve made in a row, which make a nice change. I’m finishing off a Stradivarius Golden Period cello for a player in St Andrews in Fife. It’s been five or six years since I varnished a cello so it’s going to be a challenge. I’m hoping to start two Guarneri violins by the end of the year. A few weeks ago the wonderful David Greenlees came up from London to pick up his viola and treated Lyn and I to a wonderful couple of days of playing. Please check out instrument sounds, a new addition to the website, where David plays an exert from the William Tell Overture along with the wonderful Joe Hodson playing ‘Gigue’ from Partita No. 2 and the talented Rhona MacFarlane playing Ludovico Einaudi – Due Tramonti on my latest violin. Joe and Rhona’s violins were both Strad inspired copies based on ex Joachim 1715. I will add more instrument sounds in the future.
Over the last few years I’ve got to know Ben Hebbert well, and we collaborated on an article about a Barack Norman cello for the Strad in April 2o2o ( article – 10495 ) We are developing another exciting project together, venturing into the world of podcasting, so watch this space!
Check out the updates on my website and keep and eye on my Facebook page, Colin Charles Adamson,
Keep safe everyone.