During my career I have had the privilege of playing many fine violins including a Peter Guarneri of Mantua and the Lincoln Stradivarius but I also own a lovely violin made by William Castle which I have happily played on in my role as leader of the Halle orchestra. In my opinion William is a rare maker who understands how to create a beautiful sound from his violins and should be considered by anyone looking for a new instrument. 

Lyn Fletcher, Principal Violin of the Hallé Orchestra

“If I had a big concert to play and someone offered me a Strad or my viola, I’d play mine.”

Matthew Souter, Alberni Quartet

Matthew Souter and Karin Lieshmann playing instruments by William Castle
“I have been using William’s violas since 1987 and they have been the only instruments I have used in my entire professional career. I have had jobs in three different orchestras and everywhere I have been my two Castle violas have been frequently praised for their sweetness of tone. Thirty years on I am still very satisfied with his instruments and am trying to justify buying a third one!”

Phil Hall, sub-pricipal viola, BBC Symphony Orchestra

“My viola  has been my constant companion for the last 5 years, travelling with me all over the world and performing in various concert halls.  It is a gorgeous, beautifully-crafted instrument, producing a warm and subtle tone, and so lightweight to hold.  William is one of the most esteemed luthiers in Europe, and I am pleased to play on an instrument of this calibre.”   

Carmen Flores, Principal Viola of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, & violist of the Villiers Quartet

“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.”

The late David Angel, Maggini Quartet

“The viola is playing very nicely, I’m really enjoying it! Thanks for answering my many random questions- your patience is much appreciated.”   Shelagh  McKail, Scottish Opera

 “I just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know how delighted I am with my lovely new violin. It was such an inspiration to prepare and perform my final exam on such a beautiful instrument.”     Jemima Clarke, final year masters student


“ I love it! To me it has a nice balance between rich weighty ‘oomphness’ and lively brightness.”   Keen amateur cellist