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All for one: Nicola Benedetti

When violinist Nicola Benedetti launched her Benedetti Sessions at the beginning of this year she had no idea that the mass-participation workshops for string players and teachers would be stalled by Covid-19. Undeterred, she moved the programme online, which, as she tells Peter Somerford, was no bad thing

Ida Haendel: Grande dame of the violin

Following Ida Haendel’s death at the age of 96 in July, Tully Potter surveys the career of an exceptional performer and a remarkable woman

Bach Cello Suites on the Double Bass: A New Register

Although learning Bach’s Cello Suites at pitch on the double bass has only relatively recently become commonplace, they are now featured on music college syllabuses around the world. Virtuoso bassist and conservatoire professor Leon Bosch explains how he introduces the works to his students

Giuseppe Ceruti: In the name of the father

The Cremonese luthier Giuseppe Ceruti is often overlooked in favour of his more famous son, Enrico. Duane Rosengard examines two matching double basses by Giuseppe to discover the secrets of his making style

Session Report: Final Frontier

The Jerusalem Quartet’s second instalment of Bartók string quartets brings a new delicacy and clarity to these works, which are so often portrayed as brutal. Violinist Alexander Pavlovsky and violist Ori Kam discuss their approach with Tom Stewart

Heart of the matter: Schumann’s Cello Concerto

Schumann’s Cello Concerto is often seen as dark and troubled, and its advocates have struggled to bring it the recognition it deserves. Now, Josephine Knight’s discoveries have led to a new edition and recording which shed a fresh light on this work, writes Peter Quantrill

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All for one: Nicola Benedetti

When violinist Nicola Benedetti launched her Benedetti Sessions at the beginning of this year she had no idea that the mass-participation workshops for string players and teachers would be stalled by Covid-19. Undeterred, she moved the programme online, which, as she tells Peter Somerford, was no bad thing

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Ida Haendel: Grande dame of the violin

Following Ida Haendel’s death at the age of 96 in July, Tully Potter surveys the career of an exceptional performer and a remarkable woman

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Giuseppe Ceruti: In the name of the father

The Cremonese luthier Giuseppe Ceruti is often overlooked in favour of his more famous son, Enrico. Duane Rosengard examines two matching double basses by Giuseppe to discover the secrets of his making style

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Trade Secrets: Making and using a simple collar for self-centring

A useful tool for bow makers, enabling octagonal sections to be accurately centred in a three-jaw lathe chuck

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