Specialists in the violin family of instruments

16 Charles Street, Mt Eden
Auckland 1024, New Zealand
Ph. (09)630 8421
Fax (09)630 8426

Showroom & Workshop hours:
8:30am-5pm Weekdays
9:30am-1pm Saturday

  • Summer Holiday Closing


    The Stringed Instrument Company will be closed from 1pm on
    Friday 22nd December
    and will reopen on
    Tuesday 16th January
    at 8:30am
    Have a save and happy Festive season


The Chimes by Anna Smaill

February 19, 2015
in Events

Exciting new book release

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Cath is busy reading The Chimes (Hachette 2015), a great new novel by Anna Smaill – you may have seen the review last weekend in The Herald. Anna has conjured up a world, part dystopia, part sci-fi, part quasi-historical, with under-and overtones of Renaissance London. Music is not only a major means of communication but also a powerful controller – and eliminator – of memory. And memory is blasphony.

Anna draws extensively on her training as a violinist. She spent a year at Canterbury University as a performance student and speaks still of her fascination with body memory – the way that concentrated music practice is retained long-term. She then switched courses, first to English Literature and then to creative writing. Already a published poet, her word choices are often musical, both figuratively and literally – she uses many musical terms and images to tell her story. “Presto” and “lento” substitute for “fast” and “slow”; a road is “straight as a viol string”; “tradesongs” rather than signs guide the hungry to vendors of potatoes fried in goosefat and to the shuckers of oysters.

Anyone captured by the “otherness” of Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy will find resonances in Anna’s sound and sightscape. Anna will be appearing at The Women’s Bookshop, Auckland, February 25, at 6pm. Phone 376 4399 to book.


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    Auckland's violin family specialists. We have an excellent showroom of quality instruments, strings, and accessories, and a wide range of violins, violas, cellos, and bows for sale and hire. We also offer expert restoration, repairs, bow rehairs and valuations.
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