January 2021

                  The Genius of Stradivari

 Toby Faber is to be our lecturer on this occasion

Toby Faber was formerly Managing Director of the publishing house Faber & Faber. He was born in Cambridge in 1965, and now lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of Stradivarius and Faberge’s Eggs, ‘Faber & Faber: The Untold Story’ and ‘Close to the Edge’ (a novel).

 “I have always been interested in Stradivari since my days as a schoolboy violinist. There is a central mystery to him: how come his violins are still the best in the world, despite three centuries of technological progress. There and then I had the idea for a book that addressed that central mystery by following the fortunes of five of Stradivari’s violins from his workshop to the present day.”

Antonio Stradivari painting by Edgar Bundy 1862 -1922