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A Girl Has No Viola

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My name is Lisa Bucknell, and I am a violist in desperate need of a viola.

I have been immersed in the world of music since before I can remember. I played the violin before I knew how to read, and I have been working professionally since my early teens. Now I need your help so that I can buy the perfect viola for me.
To be a violist one really only needs one thing: a viola. I do not have one. With your help, I would like to buy an extraordinary 1930 Natale Carletti (Bologna) currently on loan to me from an anonymous benefactor.

This viola is perfect for me. I found it (or rather it found me) after an arduous search which spanned the three years of my postgraduate degrees. I tested all the violas I could find from every retailer in London and more across the United Kingdom and Europe. This rare instrument was the only one that truly sings with me.

You can see and hear some samples of it in this little video I made:

I have been working tirelessly to raise funds myself, but like many international students striving to build a professional career in London, my first priority has been my student fees. For me, these have totalled more than £60,000. I am proud to say that after three years of seemingly endless scholarship applications, and with the support of multiple organisations in the UK, Australia, and Germany, I have finally paid every penny of my student fees.

Unfortunately this means I have nothing left with which to buy this viola, and if I can’t raise the funds by July 10th, I run the risk of losing it forever. With your help, "Stevie" and I will continue to develop as a dynamic duo, ready to take the world by storm!

A Carletti viola typically sells for tens of thousands of pounds, but I managed to acquire Stevie at auction for only £10,380. Thankfully, I have also secured an offer from the Loan Fund For Musical Instruments to pay part of this sum on the condition that I am able to raise the rest of the money myself.

Therefore, my fundraising goal is a relatively small £7,612.

Please give as much or as little as you wish; any and all donations will be gratefully received. Your support will go a long way,

P.S. In the event that we are able to surpass this fundraising goal, any extra funds will go towards my next big purchase: a baroque viola. (But let's not get ahead of ourselves!) 

P.P.S Many thanks to the wonderful Justin Kim for the photos used on this page, and to James Hancock, of Hancock Artists, who filmed both the concert clips in my video.


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