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Proud grandad makes violin for gifted grandson

Craftsman Gerald Botteley, from Oakham, who has made a violin for his eight-year-old grandson.
Photo: MSMP180314-014ow

Craftsman Gerald Botteley, from Oakham, who has made a violin for his eight-year-old grandson. Photo: MSMP180314-014ow

 

A proud grandfather has made a violin for his grandson who is following in his footsteps as a talented musician.

Gerald Botteley, who was head of string playing at Oakham School for 20 years, has made the instrument for his highly gifted eight-year-old grandson Joe Rudge.

Joe, who lives in Clifford in Yorkshire, has already gained a distinction in his grade three examinations and has been accepted into the Pro-Chorda children’s orchestra.

Mr Botteley, 80, played the instrument to Joe on the phone and without hesitation he said he would love to have it.

Joe is set to come and collect it during his next visit to his grandparent’s house in Cricket Lawns, Oakham.

Mr Botteley said: “Joe loves his music and he’s incredibly gifted. He really is an outstanding young musician and I love giving him lessons when I see him.

“He was bubbling over with excitement when I said I’d made it for him. He said it made an amazingly wonderful sound when I played it to him on the phone.”

Mr Bottelely has previously worked for a number of violin makers and restorers in London and Birmingham.

The violin he has made is slightly smaller than three-quarter size to fit Joe’s needs after he outgrew his half size. It comprises of 60 pieces of wood, which were cut by hand, and has been precisely constructed in just under a month.

Mr Botteley, who retired from his role at Oakham School in 1989, said: “It’s quite a challenge to construct it perfectly but it’s a real pleasure. I can’t wait to hear Joe play it now.”

Joe is also into chess, football and cricket and Mr Botteley said he was proud of all his achievements.

 

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