End of Year update
What a quick year!! It’s probably been one of my most productive making years for a long time. Many Guarneri violins made, the latest one should in Australia by Christmas, all being well. I started a Strad cello for a customer in St Andrews as well as trying to finish a Lord Wilton Guarneri for February.
The BVMA is coming round again, the date for this year is Sunday 3rd February at Kings Place, London (right next to Kings Cross). I’ll have more details nearer the time but I’m hoping to have a least a couple of violins for people to try. As I have a full order book, sadly there will be nothing for sale, but I’m hoping people will still happy to try things.
I’ve recently had interest from folk fiddle/cross over players. It’s probably due to the success of Kate Young/Kate and the Kettle who has just been awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Scottish Folk Musician and Composer. Kate has been playing and composing on one of fiddles for 10 years now and I couldn’t be prouder of her. Another brilliant young fiddle player, Ryan Young, commissioned a violin and picked it up in the autumn and is over the moon.
I’m always delighted to hear how my instruments are progressing on their journey, a young musician just secured a job with the BBC Philharmonic and another got a trial with the Scottish Ballet.
I went to see Anne-Sophie Mutter in concert at the Usher Hall with the RSNO. She played a piece I don’t know, ‘Penderecki “Metamorphosen”, but it was stunning. She plays on a Strad, after 300 years it still sounded amazing!
Hoping to get some time off at Christmas and get going with the cello come the New Year. A Merry Christmas to you and yours.