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Listening to Radio 4's Saturday Live last Saturday I heard an item that brought a lump to my throat.  If you want to hear an amazing story about the history of  violin then listen to this at 1 hr 13 mins in. It's only a few minutes long.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08lfcfk#play

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I can't see the great War connection, so I think this has to go to Skindles. if I m issed the GW link, happy to return it.

 

 

Keith

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Keith, he was killed in action on 7th June 1916 serving with 10th Dukes and is buried in Woods Cemetery, Ypres. Please return it.

 

TR

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It's the story of violin maker Richard Spencer Howard's last instrument, left unfinished when he was killed in action in 1917.

Now completed and played for the first time.

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Listening to Radio 4's Saturday Live last Saturday I heard an item that brought a lump to my throat. If you want to hear an amazing story about the history of violin then listen to this at 1 hr 13 mins in. It's only a few minutes long.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08lfcfk#play

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The CD Made in the Great War is very enjoyable. I was lucky enough to see one of the shows he did about the fiddle and it was a magical evening. A poignant story and a wonderful musician

 

David

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What a great story.  The youtube clip of him playing the violin at the maker's grave is very moving.

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Whoops, sorry, I assumed it was the one about a mislaid strad which I heard on the radio the previous night.. Now restored to the original location, and two topics merged.

 

Keith

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2 hours ago, keithmroberts said:

Whoops, sorry, I assumed it was the one about a mislaid strad which I heard on the radio the previous night.. Now restored to the original location, and two topics merged.

 

Keith

 

You shouldn't have - ahem - fiddled with it.

 

I thengyow.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-40175696

 

I didn't realise there was conscription in 1915. 

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some years ago a violin was made from timer salvaged on the Somme. It became a tediously big thing within the WFA - concerts and etc. I wonder what happened to it - anyone know?

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