British Violin Making Association
SUPPORTING THE CRAFTS OF VIOLIN AND BOW MAKING IN THE UK & WORLDWIDE
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A discussion site for instrument makers of all kinds to share ideas.
This is the American equivalent of the BVMA, which produces a newsletter and
holds a number of events including annual workshops and meetings.
Chapel Violins, Nottinghamshire runs 6 month intensive courses in Violin Making and in Advanced Restoration Techniques.
Glasgow Clyde College runs two-
Newark School of Violin Making (part of Lincoln College), runs courses in instrument making and repair.
South Thames College, Merton Campus, London runs courses of up to three years’ duration in instrument making & repair and bow repair.
West Dean College, Sussex runs three year specialist courses in early instrument making.
Lists violin making schools across Europe and North America.
The Tutor, Corrie Schrijver, is based in Brampton and is a professional luthier since 1980. She has been involved in teaching violin making since 2007. Her own classes started in April 2014, in the well-
The course includes short lectures on tool maintenance, design, choice of materials etc.
Presently the classes are run on a weekly basis on Thursdays, with the possibility of (extra) tuition at other times.
For more information please contact Corrie Schrijver:
Phone: 0771 4138963 / 016977 2649
Evening classes in Hillingdon Borough, London for 30 weeks a year in instrument making.
Please contact administrator direct for all queries:
Jean Marc Teychenne
Tel: 01895 464079
Short courses at Halsway Manor for violin and bow making. Halsway is a Grade 2* listed building and is a wonderful example of a Somerset manor house. There are two tutors, one of whom is Neville Gardner who can be contacted at Neville@njgardner.demon.co.uk.
Short courses in Cambridge for violin and bow making.
Short daytime courses in Warwickshire, UK
Evening classes (7-
The course is run by the Workers Education Association (WEA). Enrolment is via the WEA website, but please be aware that enrolment only goes “live” a couple of weeks before the start of each term. Please direct all initial enquiries to the course tutor.
Short courses in France for violin and bow making.
The scheme manages a collection of over 500 instruments, which it either owns or administers on behalf of the owners, and lends out to young players who would not otherwise have access to a quality instrument. The scheme has purchased a number of contemporary instruments to add to its collection.
LSF is a charity which sends violin and bow repairers on short trips to countries where these services hardly exist. Places already visited included Cuba, Congo, Bolivia, Palestine & Algeria.
The Rowan Armour-
The Trust was set up in 1995 by Tom's widow, Michelle Jenkins, in memory of her violinist husband, and was funded through the sale of his 1667 Stradivarius. She was particularly anxious to create an award that "bridged the gap between the old masters and the modern workshop".
Yfrah Neaman and Terry Pamplin were instrumental in getting the trust off the ground and were part of the advisory board in the early stages.
Initially set up as an annual award for a student at the London Metropolitan University, the first award was made in 1996 and continued for six years until 2002 when it was decided to expand the nature of the award. In 2003 and 2004, the Trust sponsored the BVMA's International Violin and Bow Making Competition. It was instrumental in developing a student section of the competition and in making awards in the student section. An award for the violin which received the public vote, the innovative "People's Prize", was also funded through the Trust.
Since then the Tom Jenkins Trust has sponsored the BVMA's Violin and Bow Restoration and Bow Making Course (for professional makers) on each occasion that it has been held, in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
The most recent student award was made to Edward Klose, for a tenor viol, in 2014.
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A monthly magazine for all stringed instrument enthusiasts, including violin, viola and cello players and makers.
Heavily illustrated checklists of bowed stringed instruments, with further links to a large online library of images.
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