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Tim Arnold: his latest is a classical album with violin virtuoso Jonathan Hill

Tim Arnold: his latest is a classical album with violin virtuoso Jonathan Hill 

Published: 13 January, 2017
by RUCHIRA SHARMA

THE “Soho Hobo”, singer Tim Arnold, has always been proud of his links to the place, made evident by his array of songs about the vibrant area and his campaigning work trying to save it. 

And these links are so strong, it appears, that even when he tried to branch out and create his first classical music album, it emerged that some of the historical violins used for the recording also had Soho roots. 

Mr Arnold said: “I thought this album was a departure from my ‘Soho-orientated music’ but Tony who runs The Soho Museum has informed me that all the first violins in this country were imported to Wardour Street. 

“It seems no matter what music I make, Soho always seems to have a connection.” 

The new album, Sounds to Pictures Volume One: Conversations, is created with a variety of historical instruments, played by international virtuoso violinist Jonathan Hill, a musician who has worked with Sir Paul McCartney, Katie Melua and Luciano Pavarotti. 

The release, the first in a series of albums recorded by Arnold and Hill, features music played on rare instruments that include a Stradivarius made in 1697.

The new record is Mr Arnold’s 15th album, with past releases including The Soho Hobo, Augustine’s Oak and Sonnet 155.

A mini-documentary can be found at: YouTube Sounds To Pictures Mini Documentary: https://youtu.be/Ym4PbNuFuKU

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