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Faced with the dilemma of choosing between science and violin making, Alan Beavitt was encouraged by no other than the famous violin shop ‘WE Hill and Sons’ to choose science…so he did! Alan became an experimental physicist whilst making violins as a hobbyist.

Alan relocated to Scorraig, a remote Scottish island, and built a workshop from which he continued to make instruments, on a part-time basis initially, transitioning to working full-time as a maker shortly after due to the demand for his work.

Alan continues to live and work in Scorraig, where he produces Baroque and modern instruments.  As well as being a maker whose work is highly sought after, Alan also won the Facta Britania competition in 1986.

See a viola by Alan Beavitt here.