Violin, viola and cello maker
1a Grasmere Road
As a professional maker since 1980, I have made over 250 instruments. A keen interest in music and many contacts with professional musicians influence my work. As well as playing the cello, I am a regular concertgoer in Manchester and beyond.
I have developed a range of models based on classical instruments which take into account players’ differing needs as regards tone quality, size and feel. I have also developed my own models for small-sized violins and violas which are available for sale or to hire. I keep a stock of well-seasoned wood which I choose myself from woodyards in France and Germany, and use handmade fittings and high-quality oil varnishes.
Players comment that my instruments sound rich and powerful, as well as being even, responsive and easy to play. I usually have instruments available to try and also welcome commissions.
My instruments are played by members of many of the UK orchestras and by musicians in the USA, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark and Norway. The Guildhall School of Music and Chetham’s School of Music have both commissioned a number of instruments for loan to their students.
I studied at the Newark School of Violin Making from 1977-80 and subsequently set up my own workshop in Leicestershire before moving to Manchester in 1995. In recent years I have written regularly for The Strad magazine and BVMA newsletter, and lectured at violin making conferences.