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BBC Antiques Road Trip makes visit to Newark College's School of Musical Instrument Crafts




Filming took place at Newark College for one of the nation’s favourite television shows.

BBC One’s Antiques Road Trip travelled to Newark to delve into some of the town’s iconic history of violin making.

Antiques expert Catherine Southon popped into the world-renowned School of Musical Instrument Crafts where she tried her hand at the art.

Catherine Southon at Newark College. (47068751)
Catherine Southon at Newark College. (47068751)

Newark College was delighted to welcome Catherine as she filmed for an episode of the popular teatime programme, which will air on BBC One later this year.

Southon was given a tour of the campus before spending an afternoon at the college’s violin school on Kirkgate, where she discovered more about the history of the violin and the instrument-making culture at the school.

After watching the students at work, the show’s expert was eager to engage in part of the making process herself.

Student Angelo Muller playing his handcrafted violin. (47068744)
Student Angelo Muller playing his handcrafted violin. (47068744)

Catherine was taught how to heat and bend a reed to go on the side of a violin.

Talking of the experience, she said: “This is incredible, I never thought I would see craftsmanship like this.

“You take it for granted and, to see this first hand, is phenomenal. I have never been anywhere like this before. It’s beautiful.”

During the afternoon, first year violin-making student Angelo Muller said he was honoured to be given the opportunity to play a violin he had made.

He said: “I am proud of this instrument.

“The sound is perfection and, for my first violin, I am very surprised.”

The School of Musical Instrument Crafts at Newark College offers courses in guitar, woodwind, piano and violin making and repair.

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