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Golden Period Stradivarius loaned to Manchester Camerata

  • Date: 21 August 2012
  • Area: North
Giovanni Guzzo

Giovanni Guzzo. Credit: UKFast

Audiences in the North West will soon be able to hear a rare 1709 Stradivarius at Manchester Camerata concerts following the instrument’s loan by Jonathan Moulds, President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s European business. It will be played by leader Giovanni Guzzo while on extended loan to the orchestra. Only a handful of orchestras worldwide have a Stradivarius of this quality for their leader to play.


The first opportunity to hear the Stradivarius in action will be at Manchester Camerata’s opening concert of its 40th anniversary season on Wednesday 12 September at 6pm at Manchester Town Hall. Giovanni Guzzo regularly leads the orchestra in their concerts in Manchester, Colne, Ulverston and Stafford. 


Manchester Camerata first came into contact with Jonathan Moulds through its learning and participation work in Chester, which was funded by Bank of America. Moulds is well known as a major patron of the arts as well as for loaning violins to talented young violinists.


Jonathan Moulds, President of Europe for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and CEO of Merrill Lynch International said ‘I hope my investment in Manchester Camerata at this critical time will shine a spotlight on this outstanding orchestra. I continue to support those institutions I believe not only have leadership and talent of exceptional calibre, but wish to engage more broadly with local communities. I believe the Camerata is a very good example of this.’


Bob Riley, Chief Executive, Manchester Camerata said ‘If a child in Wigan, Longsight, Blacon or Rochdale has an opportunity to see and experience music and in particular the sound of one of the highest quality violins in the world, then we hope that this eye and ear-opening experience will inspire them to make music themselves.’


Professional chamber orchestra Manchester Camerata is one of our national portfolio organisations and led by musical director Gábor Takács-Nagy. It has a track record for the quality of its performance programme and education work with smaller, hard to reach venues and places aiming to build audiences and participation with classical music, particularly with children and older people.


For further details about Manchester Camerata visit their website.