Sean Bishop Is Awarded ‘Associate Of The Royal Academy Of Music’ Title At The Royal Academy Of Music

“I was extremely honoured and privileged this week to have been awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) title for my services to music as an instrument dealer. I studied viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London for a year in 1992 doing post graduate studies.
Of course it was obvious I would end up a violin dealer having sold the famous Prof. Erich Grunberg a violin bow in my first week.
I spent much of my free time (when not practising !) in the Luthier’s workshop – thanks David Rattray! – , whose wife would then become my shop PA in 2008 for 6 or so years!
I’m seen here with my wife, Sinead, whom I met in this very hall and our youngest of 4 children, Pierce.
It was a great event.”

 

Noel Burke: regarded as one of the World’s finest living bow makers – BOWS SOLD

Noel Burke can be regarded as one of the World’s finest living bow makers.

He studied with Espey in the USA and Thomachot in Paris. He then won every bow making competition around, including six gold medals at the Violin Society of America bow making competition (VSA). He is now often a judge!!

Based in Ireland, he has a long waiting list and a great list of well-known string playing clients.

As a good friend of the shop, we get his bows often and in inventory, we have 2 silver violin bows and these two beautiful gold violin bows.

I think I will cry if someone buys one of these!!!

Masterclass with violist Wolfram Christ

Really happy to announce that Pierre Amoyal and Wolfram Christ will be giving masterclasses in my shop late March. All the detail above in our flyer

Masterclass with violinist Pierre Amoyal

Really happy to announce that Pierre Amoyal and Wolfram Christ will be giving masterclasses in my shop late March. All the detail above in our flyer

Why buying contemporary violins could be a sound investment

Bishop Instruments & Bows has featured in an article published by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).
In the article, I share my opinion on why instruments and bows by contemporary makers are a sound investment, ahead of my month-long contemporary violin & bow exhibition this November. The exhibition is taking place from November 10th to December 10th in London and will showcase a wide range of contemporary Italian violins and bows from around the world.

Here’s a small snippet from the article:

“As I travel around the world, I am regularly seeing new violins and bows which blow me away,” said Bishop, who has Europe’s largest collection of violas and bows at his fine instrument shop in Marylebone, London.

“My job is to find musicians the perfect instrument for them to make them play and sound better,” he said.

“Instrument and bow making is going through a revolution and I believe that the standard has not been this great in over 200 years. This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for musicians to experience fine Italian craftsmanship from some of the world’s best living makers.”

You can read the full article here:

https://www.ism.org/blog/why-buying-contemporary-violins-could-be-a-sound-investment

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