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Proms musician's 300-year-old violin returned after being stolen from train

Laura  Barnes
Proms musician's 300-year-old violin returned after being stolen from train

Jane Gordon, a 37-year-old Royal Academy of Music graduate, pleaded for help this week after her violin was taken from a train a week before she was due to play in the Proms.

Gordon accidently left her violin on a train travelling from Waterloo station to St Margarets after a rehearsal.

CCTV footage revealed that the 300-year-old violin – which is thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds – was removed by a passenger at Queenstown Road station.

The musician appealed on social media for the safe return of the violin, as she is set to play in the Proms on September 4th and 9th with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Albert Hall.
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“I would like the violin back – I am due to play in the Proms concerts next week. I have had it for about four years and it’s like a member of my family, and the sound it makes is like a human voice,” she told The Standard.

The good news is, the violin has been returned in plenty of time before Gordon’s Prom’s performance.

She tweeted: “I’m so happy to announce my violin has been returned safe and sound! Thank you to everyone for all your tweets and support here – incredible!”

Stealing instruments seems to be a worryingly popular past time as of late.

Earlier this week, we reported how KT Tunstall had her beloved tambourine returned after it was taken at a gig.

And just yesterday, GuitarZone shared a post onto the MI Pro Facebook page about a unique looking bass guitar being stolen from the shop in Halifax – let’s hope that gets returned safely as well.

Tags: violin , Jane Gordon , Proms , instrument theft

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