Having been a cellist most of my life, when I took early retirement I took up the opportunity to learn the violin, and after several years of private lessons with Jane Harbour of the folk band Spiro now play violin in chamber and symphony orchestras in and around Bristol (UK). The orchestras I play in have professional conductors at the helm and a useful sprinkling of retired or semi-retired pros in the string sections. I also deputise in other orchestras and play fiddle every week in a band accompanying English folk dancers.
The photo ("His Master's Violin") alongside my bio was taken several years ago, not long after I started learning the violin. My wife had come in from the garden with her camera and snapped this unposed shot on the spur of the moment. The little four-legged audience, Jack, has alas long since passed on.
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