Beverley Violin Maker To Open Workshop To Public

Beverley Violin Maker To Open Workshop To Public

Beverley violin maker and restorer, Peter Hall, is celebrating the first New Paths festival by opening his workshop to the public on Saturday 9th April.

Members of the public will be given the rare opportunity to see this skilled craftsman at work.

Peter will be joined his students from the Yorkshire Stringed Instrument Fellowship in Harrogate who will demonstrate the centuries old art of violin making and restoration.

Artists performing in the New Paths Music festival – some of the top young professional string players in the country – will give short informal performances throughout the day in the studio at Peter Hall Violins and talk about their own instruments.

Mr. Hall said;

“I was excited to see this wonderful new festival in Beverley.”

“I wanted to join the festivities by opening my workshop to the public and bringing my students from Harrogate to Beverley for the day. are often intrigued as to how violins are made.”

“This will be a great opportunity to demonstrate a process which has changed little over 400 years.”

Peter will also be joined by veteran local violin maker and cellist, Kevin Wilkes, who worked at the violin shop in Beverley for a number of years.

Founder of the New Paths Music festival, Roland Deller, added:

“We are delighted that the fascinating art of violin making and restoration will be on show during the festival. Beverley is fortunate to have its own violin shop, which has served local string players for many years. Musicians rely on the skills of craftsmen such as Peter.”

“The free, informal performances by New Paths artists in Peter’s studio will be an incredible chance for people to hear close-up some of the most talented young professional musicians in the country playing and talking about their own fine instruments. Watch out for other pop-up performances elsewhere in Beverley during the festival!”

Peter Hall Violins at 14 Norwood, Beverley will be open to the public on Saturday 9th April between 10am and 4pm. Members of the public are invited to visit the workshop to see violins, violas, cellos and double basses being made and restored.

On 7 to 10 April 2016, the inaugural New Paths music festival will see some of the UK’s finest young professional singers, chamber musicians and organists gather in Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire for a long weekend packed with concerts, community events and sparkling music-making.

From classical concerts to barbershop and opera, the festival aims to bring music of all kinds to every corner of the town. There will be world-class chamber concerts at St Mary’s, atmospheric late-night events in the Minster, children’s concerts, talks in coffee shops, barbershop singing over drinks, masterclasses for local young musicians in partnership with the University of , and a community programme taking music to those who are not normally able to hear it.

For a full festival programme please visit

All tickets are available to purchase in person or online at East Riding Theatre Box Office (

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