Our February issue cover artist is the star of these dramatic shots, taken at his album launch earlier this month

On 12 February 2024, British violist Timothy Ridout performed at a launch event for his new album, ‘A Lionel Tertis Celebration’, in the beautiful art gallery in London’s Foundling Museum. He was joined by pianist James Baillieu and together they performed a selection of works from the album including Kreisler’s Praeludium & Allegro, Vaughan-Williams’s Six Studies in English Folk Song and Eric Coates’s First Meeting.

The evening included a Q&A session with Ridout and music journalist Ariane Todes, where they discussed the origin of the album and how Timothy chose the programme as a tribute to Tertis though a musical journey, including pieces by Tertis’ friends, teachers and students alongside some of Tertis’ own original works and transcriptions.

The head of Harmonia Mundi record label, Christian Girardin, made the trip from Arles, France, for the launch event and congratulated Ridout on his album. Guests included members of The Lionel Tertis Foundation who have kindly supported Ridout and many other artists over the past 20 years.

Ridout performs on a viola by Peregrino Di Zanetto from 1565–75, on loan to him from an anonymous patron. ’The Zanetto is quite large at 17.2in or 43.7cm – around that,’ Ridout told The Strad in his February 2024 issue cover feature. ’It looked massive, like a medieval wardrobe, in a way! Such a different style, and the f-holes were a different shape from those on modern [as in post-Amati] instruments.’

Read our February 2024 cover feature on Timothy Ridout ’‘People want to hear something different’ here

Timothy Ridout’s album ‘A Lionel Tertis Celebration’ is out now on Harmonia Mundi.

All photos courtesy Frances Marshall.

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