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First Find Your Tree

First Find Your Tree: Feature following violin maker Andrea Ortona's work creating a copy of a Guarneri Kemp violin, an instrument originally made in 1738.

A year ago Andrea Ortona began making a copy of a Guarneri Kemp violin, which was originally made in 1738. Piece by piece we hear him slowly building the instrument using both ancient and modern methods. Violinist Laurent Quenelle from the London Symphony Orchestra has heard about Andrea's violin and comes to the studio to try it out. The maker, the player, the story - as the violin gradually takes shape over the course of a year. Art and science, craft and musicianship all come together to make something special in this slow, close-up audio piece for Between the Ears. The story unfolds as the violin gradually takes shape, revealing the craftsmanship and personal passion that bring musician and maker together.

Producer, Melanie Harris
Sound Designer, Eloise Whitmore
Executive Producer, Jo Meek

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 3.

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