William Castle -
© William Castle 2013
8 Welsh End, Whixall,Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 2NU
When making a violin my first consideration is to choose a model which will produce
the type of sound I am looking for, and which suits my style of working. I like an
instrument to be not only responsive and easy to play, but also interesting to listen
The model I have used most frequently is of the Venetian maker, Anselmo Belosio. These instruments produce a deep, rich and focused sound with good carrying power. My newer Pietro Guarneri of Venice model is, if anything, darker in character but retains refinement and projection. My latest instrument of this model is played by the leader of the Hallé orchestra, Lyn Fletcher.
I also have made a few violins based on an instrument by G B Guadagnini. This produces a broader sound than my other models, whilst maintaining enough focus and character to make it carry to the back of the hall. Similar in tonal characteristics is the most recent Guarneri del Gesu model violin.
“Earlier this month I played a recital on it; easily the most I’ve ever enjoyed solo playing, partly owing to the confidence I had that the 'Castle' would come through, whatever the piano did.”
To find out what violins I have available, please click here.
To read about choosing an instrument please click here.