Comment, opinions and reports from The Strad team and leading figures in the string world

Blogs Thursday, 05 January 2012

Double blind tests – the inside story

What really happened in an Indianapolis hotel room with six top violins? Ariane Todes reveals all

For the last few days worldwide media have been in a twist about research that seems to prove that violinists can’t tell the difference between a modern violin and a Stradivari. As ever, it&rsquo...

Blogs Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Objects of worship

Pinchas Zukerman reveals a special violin ritual to Ariane Todes

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Pinchas Zukerman about the late René Morel for a tribute to the luthier coming up in the February 2012 issue. But the conversation flowed seamlessly...

Blogs Thursday, 01 December 2011

Welcome to the future - new discoveries

A 1704 Stradivari has been replicated using CT scans – but as Christian Lloyd points out, the technology could already be old hat

There’s been plenty of media interest in how, using computed tomography (CT) imaging, a team of experts has succeeded in creating a reproduction of the 1704 ‘Betts’ Stradivari. Anyone...

Blogs Monday, 28 November 2011

What next for music education?

Is the UK Department for Education's newly launched strategy all talk and no action?

The first thing I did when faced with the 55-page, 149-point ‘National Plan for Music Education’ (details here ) was to search for the phrase ‘funding sources’. Sure enough...

Blogs Thursday, 03 November 2011

Lounge Ligeti

Ariane Todes probes some new rules for listening to classical music

Is there any better way to listen to Ligeti, Berio, Webern and Reich than in an East London bar lounge with a glass (or two) of wine? I've just spent an enjoyable evening at the Nonclassical club held...

Blogs Thursday, 28 April 2011

Mesmerised by Simon Rattle's eyebrows

Ariane Todes has a vivid experience with a new 3D film of the Berlin Philharmonic

In my life so far my 3D film experience of music has been confined to seeing flamingos dance in Fantasia 2000 and having Kathryn Grayson throw tankards out of the screen at me in Kiss Me Kate. So I ...

Blogs Monday, 11 April 2011

The music of the Messe

After a week in Frankfurt, Vicky Hancock ponders the issue of testing new instruments

Last week I was in Frankfurt for my first ever Musikmesse. Slightly in awe of the ten massive halls filled with instruments and music-related businesses, I helped to man The Strad’s stall in hall...

Blogs Sunday, 20 March 2011

Closing time in Kansas City

Ariane Todes reports at the end of this year’s ASTA conference

Sessions are over and exhibitors’ stands packed up here in the Marriott Hotel Kansas City. String players and teachers are dispersing wearily but happily as another American String Teachers Association...

Blogs Wednesday, 09 February 2011

Squeezing music out

Vicky Hancock asks why the arts are not part of the New English Baccalaureate

I’ve just been reading the Henley Review of the funding and delivery of music education and the government’s recent response to its findings, and I was really happy to see Darren...

Blogs Monday, 07 February 2011

Mutiny on Ryanair

Should musicians take airlines on directly, asks Ariane Todes

I see that a hundred Belgian students were ‘removed’ from a Ryanair flight from the Canary Islands when they refused to comply with staff in protest against excess baggage charges, according...

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