Royal Academy of Music

Tourte Celebration Day Schedule
2nd November 2008

Celebrating the life and work of François Xavier Tourte from the 1st through the 30th of November, 2008 at London's Royal Academy of Music.

Presented by Paul Childs in association with the Royal Academy of Music, and featuring a forum on Tourte on November 2nd.


9:30
Coffee & tea for participants and audience
10:00
Curtis Price, greetings
10:15
Paul Childs, brief history and biography of Tourte with general remarks on his work
10:45
Charles Beare, focusing on the early bows of Tourte
11:15
Jean-François Raffin, Tourte’s influence on his contemporaries and following generations of bowmakers including slide presentation
11:45
Isaac Salchow, a close look into Tourte’s working techniques and mannerisms, with blackboard and/or slide presentation
12:15
Break for lunch, plus time to visit exhibition
Paul Childs will give each attendee a list of local places to eat.
2:00
Tourte Workshop (1st part) Peter Sheppard Skærved discusses and demonstrates the qualities of Tourte bows in relation to the repertoire that grew up around them.

Tourte Workshop (2nd part) Peter Sheppard Skærved interviews Elmar Oliveira on the distinctive characteristics of Tourte bows from the player’s point of view, to include practical demonstrations.

3:45
Break, 15 minutes
4:00
James Warren, A violin dealer’s appreciation of Tourte bows
4:30
Peter Oxley, making a Tourte copy
5:00
Bernard Millant, reflections on his many years with Tourte bows
5:30
Round table discussion, speakers, musicians and bowmakers with audience participation.
6:15
Finish of conference, closing remarks by Paul Childs
7:00
Concert: Elmar Oliveira