Snape Maltings concert hall is a 15 minute drive from where I live and is the home of the Aldeburgh festival, founded by the composer Benjamin Britten in 1948. It’s classed as one of the world’s finest acoustic concert halls and is set along the tidal River Alde and beautiful marshes.
Tonight I was lucky enough to attend a concert there by Nicola Benedetti and her Baroque Orchestra. Outstanding playing as usual and on top of that she played on a violin made by my friend Andrew Fairfax. It sounded fantastic: sweet, powerful and very clear and even. Wish he could have been there himself!
As a restorer, it’s easy to get caught up in only seeing the aesthetics of an instrument – tonight was a good reminder of what this trade is really all about: creating something that makes beautiful music!