Upcoming Events at Philip Brown Violins

D'Addario Strings Workshop

with New York Violinist Lyris Hung

6.30pm Tuesday 2 February 2016

Wine and nibbles will be served

Free entry but numbers will be limited so please book your place on 01635 35465 or email philipbrownviolins@gmail.com

Ever wonder exactly how a musical instrument string is made? What's the difference between steel core, synthetic core, and gut? Why do your strings go false, and how often should you REALLY change them? Answers to these questions and many more provided by New York Violinist  and D'Addario's Orchestral Strings Product Manager, Lyris Hung, will help you become a more educated string purchaser, player, and teacher.

As the largest musical instrument string manufacturer in the world D’Addario & Co. have created a presentation that attempts to demystify the strings on our instruments. By detailing the steps and components of what makes a string work, we hope that everyone will gain more understanding of what suits their instrument, playing style, and level. We’ll discuss everything that goes into making and playing on a string, including materials, maintenance, longevity, rosin, and everything in between. This is also an informative session for all those who work with strings, not just string players! 

The clinic will demonstrate the following topics, followed by a Q&A session:
• History of string-making
• Anatomy of a string – What’s inside and outside, and why does it matter?
• Tension and gauge – what does it all mean?
• How to care for your strings – maintenance, how to properly change them and maintain longevity 
This workshop at Philip Brown Violins is a great opportunity to understand more about string technology, performance and maintenance. There will also be a chance to test strings on your own instrument and discounts will be available. 

Lyris Hung

Lyris Hung began her violin studies at the age of 3 in the exotic wilds of Fairfield County, Connecticut. By 17 she was studying a double-degree program between the Juilliard School of Music and Columbia University.

Lyris has performed with a number of stellar conductors such as James DePriest, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez, and Bobby McFerrin, and toured Japan and Korea with the Juilliard Orchestra.

Lyris is now an active session violinist in NYC, performing with Bryan Adams, Bono, Quincy Jones,Jay-Z and Beyoncé. She tours regularly with the Indigo Girls. 

Lyris also composes and performs with choreographers and musical theater and has worked as sound designer for games and other interactive media, as well as behind the board as a producer.


We are very pleased to be able to offer a fabulous Tubbs bow that belonged to the composer and musician Ronald Binge (1910-1979).

For a description and photos, please click here.
Normal opening times

Tuesday to Friday 2pm to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Other times by appointment.

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