James Cuddeford, Australian concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, has popped up on social media to assure us that there are no lasting effects from his alarming fall from the stage during Saturday’s concert.
James, feeling faint, rose from his chair between movements of the Schumann concerto, but fell off the stage onto his precious 1769 Nicolo Gagliano instrument. James was taken to hospital and sent home the following day.
James messages: ‘I am recovering well. Amazingly, no surgery required – however, my violin does require extensive surgery….’
The violin is believed to have suffered a crack at the centre of the soundboard but the neck is intact.