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Bringing Bach to Awliscombe

Updated: May 29, 2019

On Saturday 25th we hosted Thomas Bowes, who gave a passionate violin concert in the local church, as part of Villages In Action. First we evicted a rather large but docile hornet. Then, lit only by the setting sun, Tom played Bach's 3 Partitas without looking at any score. It was straight from the heart. I found it mind-blowing to think that his violin would actually have been rather old when Bach was around ... Tom's beautiful instrument was made in 1659 by Nicolo Amati (one of his pupils may have been Antonio Stradivari). This perfect evening concert only had a slight hiccup when one of the strings broke ... on the very last note of the first half. All was reset for the magic of the second half, as the last bit of light faded from the sky.

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