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News Thursday, 29 August 2013

UK study to assess cultural value of Sistema music education project

Researchers based at the University of East Anglia are to examine the cultural value of projects  inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema music education programme. The study will focus on three...

News Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Long-serving Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Maxim Janowsky dies

Maxim Janowsky, who played double bass in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 49 years, has died at the age of 70. He joined the orchestra in 1964 and played under six music directors, including Antal...

News Wednesday, 28 August 2013

US violin dealer Charles Magby charged with first-degree larceny

American instrument dealer Charles Magby was arrested on 23 August on charges of first-degree larceny. According to police in Guilford, Connecticut, several complaints have been made against the 63-...

News Friday, 23 August 2013

New London festival combines improvised music with art, theatre, dance and film

Cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson (pictured), viola player Max Baillie and all-string group the 12 Ensemble are among the performers at a new ten-day festival in east London next month. The ‘i = u...

News Thursday, 22 August 2013

Website launched for orchestral 'music and wellness' scheme

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has launched a website providing information and resources for organisations looking to devise ‘music and wellness’ programmes. The site brings together...

News Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Study suggests that judgement of music competitions is led more by sight than sound

New research into how music competition performances are evaluated suggests that what judges see matters more than what they hear. Scientists at University College London set out to test the general...

News Tuesday, 20 August 2013

BBC to cut Nigel Kennedy 'apartheid' statement

The BBC has confirmed it will remove a statement made last week by violinist Nigel Kennedy at a Proms concert for its TV broadcast on 23 August. The statement, made from the stage of the Royal Albert...

News Monday, 19 August 2013

Violinist William Hagen awarded Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship

American violinist William Hagen has won the Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Hagen, 20, was awarded a scholarship for the 2014 Aspen festival, where...

News Friday, 16 August 2013

Young violinist stars in Filipino movie

A film about a seven-year-old violinist has become one of the Philippines’ most critically acclaimed releases of the year. Filmed in 2008, Boses (Voices) focuses on a mute boy’s friendship...

News Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Steven Isserlis to guest edit The Strad

The cellist takes over the October issue and has chosen an inspiring and provocative theme

Exciting news here at The Strad, where we can announce that we have a new editor! Well, a special guest editor. For the October issue, cellist Steven Isserlis is taking over the helm and he’s ...

serene violin solo pre-1917
Hi folks. For a story I'm writing I'd like suggestions for the most serene and...
I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
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