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.
Derek Wilson trained as a bow maker and repairer at WE Hill & Sons. He then moved to Munich, working for Peter Benedek making and restoring bows. He returned to the UK in 1991 to set up his own business. More recently he has also been working part-time for J&A Beare.
After a formal training as a string player, Evan specialised in bow-making. He studied with many gifted bow makers, and worked with Rock Eggan in Denver, before moving to his own Denver shop re-hairing, repairing and restoring bows.
Tim Baker, who trained at the Newark School of Violin Making, worked initially for WE Hill & Sons and then for many years at J&A Beare as a bow maker and restorer. He has worked independently since 2001 and has been a judge on international juries and a regular contributor to the Oberlin summer school.