Help! Violin is stolen on a London train

Help! Violin is stolen on a London train


norman lebrecht

August 25, 2016

Jane Gordon, violinist in the Rautio Piano Trio, has had her Maggini violin stolen on Monday evening from a train coming in to Waterloo station.

Jane has two BBC Proms coming up next week with the OAE and is desperate to find her instrument.

stolen violin1

maggini violin


She will offer a reward for its safe return.

At police request, we cannot disclose further details at this stage, but there were also four bows in a black Gewa case, two of which are baroque.

Please keep an eye open for Jane’s property.

Contract her here if you know anything.

jane gordon maggini violin


  • tommy imnoman says:

    Unlike pianos, violins are made to be stolen.

    • Peter says:

      A national newspaper is reporting the violin was in fact left on the train by its owner as she got off the train at her home station.

      • V.Lind says:

        God, not again. CAN these people not keep the damned things on their laps on trains, take them with them to the washroom of they go, and take them with them when they disembark?

        I am sure they are tired. But they are hardly factory workers after a long shift who still remember to pick up their goods and chattels before they get off the bus or tram or train.

        I am losing sympathy with these people. The frequency of the occurrences suggests something seriously wrong with their attention spans. And I doubt most of them have paid for their instruments — perhaps if they had, they would be more careful of them. If getting from point A to point B with a violin is so difficult, they should carry a checklist for disembarkation from anything, including a car, top of which reads “Violin.”

        • Joel Lazar says:

          Thanks for your compassion and sympathy. May nothing remotely as shattering enter your life.

          • V.Lind says:

            I devoutly hope she gets it back. But really — there is one of these stories practically every week. Does it not begin to look as if violinists are extraordinarily careless with their instruments, considering how valuable they are? As a class, they seem to be horribly “accident-prone.”

  • David Osborne says:

    One of my worst nightmares. Hope it turns up soon Jane.

  • Evan says:

    So sad to read this – have just written a very positive review of the Rautio Piano Trio debut CD (forthcoming on Classical Ear) – hope the violin is returned soon so Jane’s distress can end and her beautiful playing can resume.

  • Chi-chi Nwanoku says:

    Thankfully your notices & supprt have payed off & Jane is now happily reunited with her beautiful violin.

  • David Osborne says:

    Goodness me, suddenly we’re talking planes? But congratulations on fitting in a mention of your undoubtedly fine instruments. Now you raise the subject, does it perhaps occur to you that firstly, there is no public safety or space issue that makes it reasonable for airlines to restrict violins as carry on baggage? Secondly, that not all musicians are financially in a position to purchase a second seat, or travel and pay for accommodation days in advance? Would it be unreasonable to expect the airlines to show just a little common sense and decency?

    • Richard says:

      Trust me. I have a response for you, but I am writing a paper. You deserve a proper answer, as does Norman.