Comment, opinions and reports from The Strad team and leading figures in the string world

Blogs Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Meet Sir Alan Stradivarius

Sir Alan Sugar might come out with strange musical similes but he has the potential to use his huge financial power wisely, says Catherine Payne

Antonio Stradivari got a rare namecheck on primetime UK television last week when business tycoon Sir Alan Sugar likened himself to an instrument by the Cremonese master. It was the opening episode ...

Blogs Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Editor's blog: the ASTA conference

I'm just back home from a flying visit to Atlanta for the annual convention of the American String Teachers Association.

I had a bumper time, fitting in as many of the sessions as I could as ...

Blogs Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Tell us about your favourite lutherie books

In our April issue we asked some luthiers to discuss their favourite making books. The results were diverse, although several books proved to be particularly popular: Edward Heron-Allen's 'Violin-Making...

Blogs Wednesday, 11 March 2009

He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory and violin makers more than most - especially one involving Stradivari. The story of the ‘Messiah’ violin is one of the best.

The widely accepted...

Blogs Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Editor's blog: a Kavakos double whammy weekend

At the weekend I had a Leonidas Kavakos double whammy: two hours in his company on Saturday interviewing him for the January issue of The Strad and then hearing him on Sunday playing Prokofiev&rsquo...

Blogs Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Editor's blog: is Stevie Wonder the new David Oistrakh?

My ears are still ringing with the sound of Stevie Wonder’s voice at his London gig last night: that mighty, bronzed voice, with the depth and timbre of a fine French red wine, and a facility ...

Blogs Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Editor's blog: when music stands get in the way

I went to two very contrasting concerts this weekend. On Friday I was at the Barbican to see the Kronos Quartet collaborating with Azerbaijani singer Alim Qasimov. I’d never heard any of his &lsquo...

Blogs Friday, 19 September 2008

Editor's blog: Joshua Bell's looking at me!

The new Joshua Bell Vivaldi Four Seasons recording has just come into the office and of course it sounds fantastic – full of the requisite energy and poetry. But with the CD comes a fold-out calendar...

Blogs Thursday, 18 September 2008

Editor's blog: moonlit nights with makers at Dartington Hall

I’m just back from a weekend at Dartington Hall in Devon, where the sun was shining and the makers of the BVMA were out in force for their annual conference. The weekend is always a good chance...

Blogs Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Editor's blog: getting carried away at last night's Prom

It always happens. In June, I mark the many BBC Proms concerts I want to go to, and then before I know it, it’s September. Summer is over, there are only two weeks left of the season and I&rsquo...

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