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Strings' workshop is managed by Andrew Quelch who studied at the internationally renowned Newark School of Violin Making. He is assisted by Brian Roche, another graduate from the Newark School.

Andrew Quelch


Andrew Quelch - Restorer

With a background in music and joinery, Andrew decided to combine both interests and become a professional luthier in 2001. He studied at the Newark School of Violin Making for three years, graduating in 2004.

Prior to joining Strings, Andrew worked for Cardiff Violins and Tim Toft Violins, during which time he also spent some time at Phelps of London working for Tim in the workshop covering for absent staff.

Brian Roche
Workshop associate


Brian Roche - Workshop associate


Before following his passion for violins and becoming a violin maker and repairer, Brian was involved in mechanical engineering and work with polymers.

His initial training in violin making began in Italy in Cremona, and continued with three years of study at the Newark School of Violin Making, resulting in a professional qualification in Violin Making and Repair.

Brian derives an enormous amount of pleasure from restoring instruments to a high quality performing level and has worked in this field for several years. His other great passion is playing music on the violin.

Evans-Pughe Strings of Hitchin Ltd, 24 Bucklersbury, Hitchin, Herts, UK. SG5 1BG Tel: +44(0)1462-426012 Fax: +44(0)1462-426013
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Sat)