Cancellation Notice: In view of the government’s decision to close all performance venues because of the current situation with COVID-19, we are very sad to announce that all ticketed events Beare’s Premiere Music Festival 2022 and its outreach activities (open rehearsals and masterclasses) will have to be cancelled. Details of ticket refunds will be announced in due course.
“a virtuoso pulls the heartstrings”
The Times on the film
“There’s such intelligence and connoisseurship in this documentary… impossible not to be overwhelmed by Jansen’s mastery”
The Guardian on the film
November 2020: the audience follows Janine from Stockholm to a hectic month in London. Accompanied on the piano by Pappano, the legendary Director of the Royal Opera, she becomes acquainted with each of the violins and select works that fit them best.
Made by the legendary luthier Antonio Stradivarius, some of these violins have not been played for 200 years while others belonged to the greatest virtuosos ever, including Fritz Kreisler, Nathan Milstein, Ida Haendel and Oscar Shumsky. Even falls ill with Covid, Janine recovers to rehearse and record this astonishing album with just a day to spare before the first violin must be returned to its owner.
This is a nerve-wracking, intense, and hugely exciting film. Not only do we see what makes these the most unique stringed instruments in the world, but also the enormous energy that drives two of the world’s leading musicians at the top of their creative game.
Directed by Gerald Fox
Produced by Justine Waddell
Co-producers Gerald Fox and Anna Saldadze
Executive Producer Jack Oliver
Editor Una Burnand
Director of Photography Douglas Hartington
Part 1: Documentary (80 minutes)
Part 2: Concert Film (60 minutes)
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