Revered violinist Maxim Vengerov, in Edinburgh for a sold out recital at the Usher Hall last night, took time to handle the Wilfred Owen violin, a commemorative violin crafted to mark the centenary of World War One.
The violin, which was created from a sycamore tree in the grounds of the Craiglockhart War Hospital where famous war poet Wilfred Owen was a patient in 1917, has previously been endorsed by Vengerov, also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, as “an envoy for peace and reconciliation through the power of music.”
The instrument has been played at a number of key events to promote its message of peace and is also taken into schools to encourage pupils to reflect on the horrors of World War One, consider the plight of those living through warfare today, and think about ways in which peace and reconciliation can best be served.
The violin is one of many projects, initiatives and events taking place throughout the centenary of World War One to inform people about Scotland’s unique contribution to the conflict, remember the sacrifices made, and reflect on what can, and should, be learned from the war which was meant to end all wars.
For more information about the Wilfred Owen violin, click here.