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In honour of St Patrick’s Day, here’s Donegal fiddle master Johnny Doherty performing in 1960. Born into a family of musicians, tinsmiths, and horse traders, Doherty spent his life traveling around Co Donegal, doing tinwork and playing the fiddle at house dances. He was so well known in the area that it’s said he didn’t travel with a fiddle; he knew one would be waiting for him wherever he was going to play. 

Best of Technique

In The Best of Technique you’ll discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers. It’s packed full of exercises for students, plus examples from the standard repertoire to show you how to integrate the technique into your playing.


The Strad’s Masterclass series brings together the finest string players with some of the greatest string works ever written. Always one of our most popular sections, Masterclass has been an invaluable aid to aspiring soloists, chamber musicians and string teachers since the 1990s.


This year’s calendar celebrates the top instruments played by members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Australian String Quartet and some of the country’s greatest soloists.