We are most grateful to Charles and Peter Beare for their enthusiastic and unstinting support and advice, shared with us throughout the preparation of this exhibition
We are profoundly grateful to our lead sponsors The Beare Family and J&A Beare Ltd.
For more than 120 years, Beare's has built a deserved reputation as the world's most respected violin dealer and expert through buying, selling, making and restoring instruments and bows of exceptional quality. Their passion for fine violins, violas and cellos, combined with their authoritative and complementary range of skills, offer clients a new level of world-class expertise. In 2008 J & A Beare Ltd were winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade).
Our sincere thanks also to the exhibition’s additional supporters, the David and Amy Fulton Foundation, Nikolay Shoutov, Strad Europe Ltd and the Wulfson family.
Lark (Group) Limited are pleased to be co-sponsoring this wonderful event at the Ashmolean Museum this summer. As one of the world’s leading musical instrument insurers for over 30 years, this exhibition will include many of our clients’ instruments in a gallery showing 20 of the most important Stradivari in Britain for the first time.
We have worked closely with the main Sponsors The Beare Family and J & A Beare for many years and being part of this exhibition is a natural fit for us as our Music products have the ability of being made to measure to suit our clients’ needs not only looking after professional musicians, but also orchestras, collectors and dealers around the world.
Additional support provided by the exhibition's Circle of Patrons: Peter Biddulph; Michael Guttman; Aleksei R. Sobolevsky; The Stradivari Trust; Daniel Kogge & Yves Gateau, Berlin; Christopher Reuning, Reuning & Son Violins; Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd; Mme Yaeko Giraudon; The Abbado European Young Musicians' Trust; Tarisio; Sir Martin and Lady Smith; Sir Roy and Lady Goode; Joseph Bein, Bein & Fushi, Inc; Paul Childs, Frances Luczyc Wyhowska; Eric Blot; Brompton's Fine and Rare Instruments; Ingles & Hayday; Florian Leonhard Fine Violins; Andreas Post; Jan Strick; Mrs Mary Gillham and other generous individuals.
This exhibition has been made possible by the provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme. The Ashmolean Museum would like to thank H M Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.
We thank the Stradivarius advisory board whose advice accompanied the preparation of the exhibition, and in particular the lenders to the exhibition:
Beare Violins Ltd
The Royal Academy of Music, London
Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid
Museo Stradivariano Cremona, Italy
The David and Amy Fulton Collection
And the private lenders who wish to remain anonymous and without whose support the project would not have been possible.