Antique instrument to make Bendigo debut

BAROQUE music ensemble Latitude 37 will perform at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday.

The concert is the second in a three-concert Autumn Early Music Series and is being held in honour of the late Father Ivan Page. 

Ensemble member Julia Fredersdorff will bring an 18th century Storioni violin to mark the occasion.

The instrument was made by craftsman Lorenzo Storioni, who is one of the last classical violin makers of the 18th century. 

Ms Fredersdorff said it was by luck she came to acquire the instrument, when her tutor at The Hague decided to sell the violin. 

“I don’t know how Enrico Gatti (the tutor) acquired the instrument, but I was determined to bring it back to Australia,” she said.

“Finance was a problem, the banks just laughed at me until my parents exerted their influence.”

Ms Fredersdorff said the violin has a “more ringing tone” than a modern instrument.

“The straight neck keeps the gut strings at lower tension and this seems to make a lot of difference,” she said.

The other two members of Latitude 37, Laura Vaughan and Donald Nicolson also studied at The Hague.

Ms Vaughan will play the viola da gamba and Mr Nicolson will play the harpsichord.

The group will perform 17th century French music and the performance will mark the first time the ensemble has played in a regional city.

Ms Fredersdorff said the group was looking forward to performing at the Cathedral in Bendigo. 

“We tend to be a captial city ensemble,” she said.

“After current appearances at the National Gallery in Canberra and the Hobart Baroque Festival, it will be a pleasure to play in regional Victoria.”

The one hour performance will start at 3pm and bookings are not required.

Admission to the concert is $30 for adults, $20 for concession, $10 for students and $70 for families. 

The final concert of the series will be held on May 19.

A piece of history: Julie Fredersdorff plays her 18th century Storioni violin.

A piece of history: Julie Fredersdorff plays her 18th century Storioni violin.


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