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Built in 1741, world's most expensive Violin to be played at Irish festival this weekend

Built in 1741, world's most expensive Violin to be played at Irish festival this weekend

American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will use the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin at the Walled City Music Festival in Derry this week.

The instrument sold in 2012 for more than £10.5million and will be used to recite a programme that “mixes the profound - Mozart, Pärt and Ravel - with entertainment in equal measure, including a beautiful arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a lullaby written by John Corigliano for Meyer’s own daughter, and Fritz Kreisler’s version of The Londonderry Air, fittingly rounding off the festival”.

Organisers say the four-day show, from this Thursday to Sunday, will “welcome top-class world-renowned musicians” to the “beautiful surrounds of The Great Hall, Ulster University Magee”.

The festival will also feature the UK’s top pianists Kathryn Stott and Martin Roscoe, French harpist Sylvain Blassel, the Northern Ireland-based Quercus Ensemble, Belfast songwriter and performer Duke Special and Memphis-based music educators Babu Press, alongside Co-Artistic Directors Cathal Breslin, on piano, and Sabrina Hu, on flute.


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