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LUTHERIE 2020   The 22nd annual spring seminar for violinmakers Saturday May 9th 2020 10.30-16.30 Barnbygate Methodist Church, Barnbygate, Newark upon trent, Notts, NG24 1PX,  UK

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Our Guest speakers


Robert Cain

‘Trust me, this isn’t going to hurt!’


After 21 years of organising LUTHERIE meetings, Robert has finally invited himself to speak. Robert has taught for 20 years at the Newark School of Violinmaking, and is also a volunteer and trustee of Luthiers sans Frontiers UK but few people know that he also has a parallel career in Medical Radiology.


CT scans are increasingly being used to document and research famous instruments. However, with the right expertise, a medical CT scanner also can provide crucial information to restorers. Robert will take is through the scanning process and will delight and amaze us with his own case histories, beautiful pictures and even ‘virtual endoscopies’ of instruments (and if you don’t know what an endoscopy is, lucky you!)



Markus Lawrenson

The Science, History, and Care of Strings


Ever wonder exactly how a musical instrument string is made?D’Addario has created a presentation that demystifies the strings on our instruments.By detailing the history and anatomy of strings, we hope that everyone will gain more understanding of what best suits their instrument, playing style, and playing level. we’ll discuss everything that goes into making and playing on a string, including materials, maintenance, longevity, rosin, and   everything in between.


Markus is Orchestral Sales & Marketing Specialist for D’Addario UK. His background is as a professional violinist having toured China and Asia extensively, performing a wide range of repertoire. Prior to this he freelanced throughout the UK performing in various ensembles and orchestras for audiences as varied as the BBC and the Royal family.


Iris Carr

Re-positioning f-holes


Iris Carr is a violin restorer specializing in major restorations of violins, violas and cellos. She graduated from the Newark School of Violinmaking with distinction in 1996 and worked for J&A Beare for 8 years and has since been self-employed.


Iris has regularly been teaching courses of retouching and general restoration for the last 7 years at places like West Dean in the UK, Fertans in France, Oberlin in the USA and the Tottori Violinmaking School in Japan.