A violin to inspire a generation

Noah | 14 April 2014

A violin to inspire a generation

During WWI, the war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon both spent time at Craiglockhart, a psychiatric hospital treating shell-shocked officers in Edinburgh. Edinburgh instrument maker, Steve Burnett, has taken a branch from a sycamore tree that stood in the grounds of Craiglockhart at the time the poets were patients and is using the wood to craft a violin. The violin will be used to educate young people in “the sometime necessity, but ultimate futility, horrors and pity of war”.

John Lloyd, who is co-ordinating the Wilfred Owen Violin Fund explains that the instrument is “a reminder of the importance of reconciliation and understanding across all nationalities and faiths.”

The violin will act as a voice for peace and unity and as a hub for schoolchildren and others to consider their opinions through music, art and writing. The violin will be played at a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of 'The Christma Truce' which commemorates the game of football played on Christmas Day between British and German troops. It is hoped that the violin will also play a part in the official commemoration service at St Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow in August and at the Royal Albert Hall on Armistice Day. 

"We are honoured to have been chosen to design a logo for such a wonderful project" said Noah's creative director, Chas Bayfield. "This kind of project really catches the public imagination and it is exciting to be involved so early on."