Musical instrument making

BVMA – violin and bow restoration (instruments) with Almuth McWilliams, Gudrun Kremeier and Warren Bailey

Ref: SBV08652



About this course

West Dean hosts The British Violin Makers Association professional development course for violin and bow restorers for the 8th time in 2019. This course offers professionals an opportunity to extend their knowledge of new restoration techniques and network with international makers. Please note that students wishing to join the course should complete and return the Application Form attached to the course details (which can be downloaded by clicking on the link for "Full course details"). Confirmation of your place will be given once the BVMA Management Committee has considered your application (priority will be given to BVMA members). Please do not book on-line or send the Booking Form to the Bookings Office until you receive confirmation that your application has been accepted and that a place on the course has been reserved for you.


Almuth McWilliams

Almuth is new to teaching on the BVMA Restoration Course, although she has been a student on the course in past years. After graduating from college, Almuth has spent a number of years working as a violin restorer at a high level, working with Daniel Kogge and Yves Gateau in their Berlin workshop.

Gudrun Kremeier

Gudrun Kremeier graduated from the Violin Making School in Mittenwald in 1992 and worked for Vincent Loerakker in Haarlem and Max Möller in Amsterdam. For over 20 years she has worked for Andreas Post as well as completing her Meisterprüfung.

Warren Bailey

Warren Bailey is an instrument restorer, and sometimes maker, of violins, violas and cellos. British-born, Warren now lives in Victoria, Canada, repairing instruments from clients throughout the world. He studied violin making and repair at Newark Violin Making School, and began his career in restoration with Philip Brown violins of Newbury, Florian Leonhard & J&A Beare.


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