Hallé Orchestra leader brings Lincoln Strad home


The leader of the Hallé Orchestra, Paul Barritt, will be playing the famous Lincoln Strad when he performs at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) on Saturday 16 February.


The Stradivarius violin, which dates from 1695, was bequeathed to the people of Lincoln by Lady Dudley Pelham on the condition it was used by the leader of the Hallé. Lady Pelham played the instrument in Lincoln's symphony orchestra.


Paul Barritt is delighted to have this rare opportunity to play the priceless instrument at a recital in its home city and said: “This amazing instrument has changed my life.”


Pianist James Lisney will partner Barritt for the recital. The pair has recently recorded all the Beethoven violin and piano sonatas to critical acclaim.


The £6 million Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is the University of Lincoln’s newest building. It has one of the largest stages in the East Midlands and the capacity to seat up to 450 people. It was launched last month with a special performance by renowned cellist Steven Isserlis.


Tickets for the Paul Barritt recital cost £10 (concessions available) and are available from the Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office (01522) 873894. A pre-event talk will start at 6.45pm. The concert begins at 7.30pm.