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I was given a Romanian double bass but, since I can’t play it, I gave it to Benslow Music, here in Hitchin, for them to look after and lend to participants on their courses who weren’t able to bring their own instruments. Then I saw an advert in The Friend, the weekly Quaker magazine, that read: ‘Quaker’s daughter needs a double bass.’ A few years earlier I’d been handed a viola just when I needed one. I was going through a very difficult period of my life and was working in the library at Benslow when I overheard some people talking about a little viola.

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We explore the life of viola pedagogue Karen Tuttle and investigate the potential for Chinese tonewood. Augustin Hadelich takes us through Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in Masterclass and we examine Pablo Casals’s approach to vibrato. Plus Leonidas Kavakos’s Sentimental Work