Adrian Dwyer - a good friend of mine and Jazz Bass Player - asked me to set up and repair his old violin in readiness to send to a project on the Greek Island of Lesvos (Lesbos) founded by Maria Francisca Rocca Arbelaez and her mother.
This inspiration project prompted me to approach one of my suppliers - The Sound Post Ltd in Wiltshire. I knew that a good number of new violins are returned because of damage or imperfections, and thought we could maximise the shipment with instruments that I could bring back to life with a few repairs and TLC.
Justin Wagstaff responded brilliantly and kindly donate seven violins, two full size, three 3/4 size and two half size. To these I added a 1/4 size instrument that I had in stock gathering dust, so along with Adrian's own full size violin that made up a case of nine violins to send.
Having got the violins up to playing standard we filmed this short video below and sent the violins to their new home via UPS.
To be continued...
Violins arrived on Monday 21st November - Reaction from ART Angels as follows:
We are very proud of solidarity and inspiring actions. Look at this, Sonic Violins, The Sound Post and Adrian Dwyer from the UK donated 9 student Violins to ART Angels Relief Team and send us a very touching message of support. Thank you to The Sound Post, Sonic Violins and Adrian Dwyer <3 .
Violins of Hope, violins of Peace .Giving tools for a better today and future for Children and Youth living in Refugee Camps in... Greece.
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