Cremona Mondomusica - Sept 30th - Oct 1st 2016

Jessica Duchen - Editor

Jessica trained as musician, has spent 25 years in music journalism and is the author of numerous novels, biographies, libretti, music & words events and more. She has written for The Independent since 2004 and is sought after for pre-concert talks. "Everything she writes is worth reading" - The Times..."Dazzling perceptiveness" - Joanna Lumley on Songs of Triumphant Love... "A rare talent" - Gavin Esler on Hungarian Dances.

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Amanda Holloway

Amanda Holloway writes on classical music and musicians for publications from Gramophone and Opera Now to The Strad, Sinfini Music and Amati. She¹s a keen choral singer and musical traveller: her favourite occupation is listening to chamber music and opera in the world¹s most desirable holiday destinations.

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Claudia Pritchard

Claudia Pritchard is a writer on classical music and visual art, and a commentator on the arts. She lives in London and Tuscany.

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James Buchanan

James has over fifteen years in the violin world, working his way from Bonham’s, Biddulph’s and Christie’s before working as the specialist and contributor to Amati.

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John Dilworth

For the last twenty years John has lectured at international violin conferences, judged in competitions and taught restoration in the UK and U.S.A. A prolific, and respected author, John is a regular contributor to Amati, and has written, or contributed to over eleven books.

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Julian Haylock

Julian is a former editor of CD Review and International Piano magazines, reviews editor of CD Classics, the author of biographies on Mahler, Rachmaninov and Puccini, and co-author of the Haylock and Waugh pocket guides to Classical Music on CD and Opera on CD. He writes extensively for a wide variety of publications, including BBC Music and International Record Review, and has produced a number of recordings, including the piano concertos of Alexander Tcherepnin.

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Peter Quantrill

Peter Quantrill is a London-based correspondent for Amati. He writes about music for, among others, Gramophone, The Wagner Journal, The Strad, The Arts Desk and Sinfini Classical. He has broadcast for CD Review on BBC Radio 3, and written programme notes for the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival and Sir Paul McCartney. Recent considerations of music and faith have also been published by The Tablet, The Catholic Herald and The Church Times. He blogs occasionally at and can be found on Twitter @peterquantrill.

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Peter Somerford

Peter Somerford is a music writer and editor based in London. After five years at BBC Music Magazine and five years at The Strad magazine, he now writes for a variety of print and online publications, including The Strad and

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Richard Bratby

Richard Bratby is a freelance writer and music critic for The Birmingham Post. A former manager at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – where he founded and ran the chamber music series and Youth Orchestra, as well as commissioning new music – he now writes for publications ranging from Classical Music to Metro, and provides programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, BBC, The Barbican and numerous other UK promoters and concert venues. A keen amateur cellist, his proudest achievement is to have played all of Haydn’s string quartets over one weekend while he was still young enough not to know better.

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