March 2014

The last of the present run of cellos completed, with the vital assistance of Hubert de Launay and Lea Trombert. This is modelled on the ‘Gore-Booth’ 1709 Stradivari, the first great Strad cello I got to know, and still one of my favourites. It is for Judith Fleet of the BBC Symphony, and I hope she likes it.
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Restorations and a couple of new violins on the bench next. But the Amati Exhibition, once again at the magnificent Lansdowne Club in Mayfair (gin & tonic by the pool, anyone?) was again a terrific occasion to meet friends and see and hear instruments. The new Monograph series, books to be published by in association with J.& A.Beare, has been officially launched. We had a chat about the wonderful 1689 ‘Archinto’ Strad cello which will be one of the first subjects. It was there to be viewed, a great privilege. Later on we will be publishing a volume on the magnificent ‘Bass of Spain’, amongst other choice examples of classical luthierie.
It’s all go…

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