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‘fame’ 1. the state of being widely known or recognised ‘genius’ 1. a person with exceptional ability, esp. of a highly original kind. ‘admiration’ 1. pleasurable contemplation or surprise 2. a person or thing that is admired …….from Collins English Dictionary. September 2022: Being extremely good at something and being…

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August 2022: Violin making in this country is in safe hands. A quarter of a century ago, I was a committee member and part of a team who created the BVMA, the British Violin Making Association. We brought together every violin maker and restorer across the country by establishing this…

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June 2022: Saturday night, Alnwick Playhouse, and I find myself attending the ‘What A Wonderful World Festival’ on June 25.  The 4-day festival highlighted the never-ending questions of sustainability. Speakers, artists and activists took to the stage to share their thoughts with us. Saturday night was a display of amazing artists…

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May 2022: I wonder what the last thing was that you did where you were learning to do that something you have carried out for years, on auto pilot, but being shown how to do it ‘better’ by someone else? By ‘better’ I mean maybe more accurately, more efficiently, more…

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February 2022: Whatever you do “DON’T BUY ONLINE!!” I need to shout this from the rooftops! During the pandemic many retailers have urged musicians to buy online. I get it. They wanted to maintain sales even though they were occasionally closed for business, and unsure of the future. At one…

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January 2022: ‘Dreary’ January has nearly left us and its time to look forward to 2022 with, hopefully, a little more clarity combined with freedom than we’ve had over the past 2 years! It’s probably also time to take a long hard look at your lovely instrument. In the last…

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December 2021: Many Christmas musical events are happening but if any are cancelled and you are left feeling cheated, please take it from me………inspirational stuff is happening in Cambridge and every year they really do lift my spirits. So, if you have time or the inclination, please do check out…

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October 2021: Well, that IS the question. A subject that is discussed again and again by violin makers, restorers and players. It comes down to personal preference, but often a player will choose an instrument to try based on its appearance (as well as budget!). For makers copying is very common;…

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September 2021: When are the busiest times for players/musicians? When do you need your instrument to perform to the best of its ability? Summer offers us concerts and festivals indoors and out, and as covid rules have been relaxed this summer we have enjoyed many concert series getting back on track….

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