July 1, 2010

After this Friday’s RSNO season finale performance in Edinburgh, featuring Elgar’s Cello Concerto with star soloist Natalie Clein, playing the 1777 “Simpson” Guadagnini (also in Aberdeen and Glasgow), the next night at the Usher Hall partners another female string prod...

May 16, 2010




HAITI has been somewhat overlooked as volcanic ash, oil spills and coalitions dominate the news headlines, so this charity concert in aid of SOS Children’s Haiti Orphan Appeal was a timely reminder that there is st...

May 22, 2009

A violin made from a tree in the garden of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s childhood home is to be played to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.


The violin was carved from the sycamore tree by Edinburgh-based luthier Steve Burnett.

It was made as a tribute to Conan...

February 11, 2009

A SELF-TAUGHT Edinburgh musician is hoping to recapture the vintage sound of 18th-century Italian violins, including the Stradivarius, by reverting to the traditional methods of the time used by Cremonese craftsmen.


Steve Burnett, 38, who is also a piano tuner and arti...

January 22, 2009

As a schoolboy, Arthur Conan Doyle would sit in the branches of the sprawling sycamore tree in his garden and dream of the stories he would write. Beneath its leaves, in an Edinburgh suburb, the seeds were planted of what were to become the world’s most famous detectiv...

January 22, 2009

FOR more than 170 years a sycamore stood in the garden where the young Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired to write his first stories.


As a schoolboy, the creator of Sherlock Holmes would clamber on the branches of the tree in the grounds of Liberton Bank House in Edinburg...

May 13, 2008

A piece of willow from Inveresk Lodge Garden is branching out into the music business. The wood, which was removed from the tree as part of a programme of pruning, has begun the process of transformation into a violin. Edinburgh instrument maker Steve Burnett will firs...

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