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13 June – 11 August 2013

Lectures

1690: Stradivari’s Defining Year
With Dr Ben Hebbert, St Cross College
Headley Lecture Theatre, Thur 11 Jul, 2–3pm

"Playing a Strad – Copying Stradivarius"
Professor Sir Curtis Price
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Saturday 22 June, 11am
£4/£3 concessions, booking essential at www.ashmolean.org/whatsonbooking

Prof Sir Curtis Price explores the importance of Stradivari’s instruments to the artists who play them. Why are they considered superior, and what is it like to play one? The second part considers the practice of copying Stradivari’s work, both as a way of learning the art of violin making and, on the other side of a very thin line, intending to deceive.

1690: Stradivari’s Defining Year
With Dr Ben Hebbert, St Cross College
Headley Lecture Theatre, Thur 11 Jul, 2–3pm

Making a Violin
Bruno Guastalla, Oxford Violins
Saturday 6 July, 11am
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

The Genius of Antonio Stradivari
Lecture/recital by Toby Faber and Tom Bowes
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Sunday 14 July 2013, 11am
£4/£3 concessions, booking essential at www.ashmolean.org/whatsonbooking

This lecture will explore the mystery of Stradivari's inimitability by following several of his instruments from his workshop in Cremona to the present day. Toby Faber's book on the subject, Stradivarius, was described in the New York Times as 'more enthralling, earthy and illuminating than any fiction could be.’ The lecture will be accompanied by solo violinist Thomas Bowes, founding leader of the Maggini Quartet.

In association with Blackwell’s

Talk & String Quartet

Tickets:£5,booking essential
Telephone or visit Blackwell’s Customer Service Department in the Norrington Room, Blackwell’s
E: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
T: 01865 333623

"Stradivari: the Pursuit of Perfection"
With Dr Jon Whiteley, Exhibition Curator
Norrington Room, Blackwell’s, Broad Street, Oxford
Tuesday 23 July, 7.00–8.30pm

Antonio Stradivari is a household name although the instruments that have given him his colossal reputation remain a mystery. There is no simple answer to the splendour of his work. It is based, as all great work is based, on excellent materials and craftsmanship but also on tireless experiment and change. This talk will follow the stages in his long working life as he evolved towards the perfection of his "Golden Period" and beyond.

The evening includes two performances from a string quartet and ticket price includes a glass of wine.