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Ave verum Kürbis: Enormous pumpkin grown to Mozart’s music


Japanese farmer Hiroyoshi Utsunomiya wins national contest with his classically inspired vegetable


UK concertmaster Barry Griffiths has died


Griffiths led the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Northern Symphony and English National Opera orchestras

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The Strad October 2020 issue


The Strad’s October issue features Japanese-American violinist Midori, who speaks about performing contemporary music, recording Beethoven and dedicating herself to social causes. We also talk to Italian luthiers about adjusting to working in the time of Covid-19 and examine the rise of the viola in Georgian Britain. Plus, the Life Lessons of violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.


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The fear of making mistakes stops violinists from playing with resonance and character – Nicola Benedetti


The British violinist speaks to Peter Somerford about launching her mass education project for string players of all ages

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