Chicago School of Violinmaking

I’m starting to plan my year ahead and am so excited to have been invited as a guest lecturer by the Chicago School of Violinmaking for the first week of October 2023!

The school hosts an impressive team of multi-award winning teachers, including the director Antoine Nédélec, as well as associate director Jeff Phillips. I’m so looking forward to it and can’t wait to meet you all in person!

Bassbar Fitting

Simone F. Sacconi taught Charles Beare his method of how to position, fit and shape bassbars while he trained in New York with him and this teaching was passed on to Reiner Schumann, Charles’ longest serving employee in the London Shop.
Reiner checked my bassbars for the entire time I was working with him, at least the final shape of it and I’m grateful to him for all he taught me.
In this case, there was cracks running along the edge of the bar, so I had to fit studs underneath it.

If you’re interested, you can find out the details in a recorded Zoom lecture I did with students in 2021 with all proceeds of the £25 (+VAT when applicable) going to the @rab_trust.

This is the link to my online teaching:

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you and thank you for taking an interest in my work this year and your kind encouragement!

I feel so much gratitude for all that God has done in my life this year. My faith sustains me through the highs and lows.

Wishing you all the best or 2023!

My Favourite Teacher

What a treat this morning to catch up with my favourite teacher I had in Newark, Pat Jowett. So good to see how well he is and hasn’t changed a bit!

Went for an hour long walk along the river Trent near where he lives. He was such a hands-on and encouraging teacher, I owe him a lot!