Stringers of Edinburgh

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Sally Broderick

Managing Director

Sally studied viola at the Royal Northern College of Music. She subsequently worked for two years as a professional violist in London and Edinburgh.
Sally joined Stringers in 2009, as Manager and Head of the violin and viola department before becoming Managing Director in 2018.


Virginia Swinney


Virginia studied Music and English at Glasgow University, with violin as her first instrument. She joined Stringers in 1997 as a trainee, and was appointed Manager of the Edinburgh shop in 2001. 



Renee Kenny

Cello Manager

Renee studied cello at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and the Hochschule, Vienna. She played professionally for over twenty years before becoming a much valued cello teacher.
Renee joined Stringers in 2008 as the Cello Department Manager.


Kate Porter

Assistant Manager

Kate studied Music Technology at Edinburgh University, and was a Saturday assistant at Stringers throughout her student years. She joined Stringers full-time in 2009, and took up the position of Assistant Manager in March 2010.


Julia Hoare

Educational Department

Julia studied for a Music Degree at Newcastle University before completing a Masters in Historical Musicology at King's College London. She worked part-time at Stringers in London during her studies, and become a full-time member of the Edinburgh staff in 2010.


James Haslam

Violins & Violas

James joined Stringers in 2017 having previously worked for the London violin dealers, J & A Beare, following studies in Music (viola and piano) and Music Technology at Keele University.

The Workshop


Judith Blackwell

Senior Restorer

After training in Leeds and London, Judith became Workshop Manager at J.P. Guivier in London. Her restoration experience combines with an interest in tonal set-up and adjustment to ensure each instrument reaches its full potential.


Russel Redpath


Russel is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Musical Instrument Technology. He joined Stringers in 1995 and has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the repair and restoration of all stringed instruments.


Joe Lotito


Joe studied at North Bennet Street School in Massachusetts, going on to become a maker and restorer of instruments of the violin family, making copies of Cremonese instruments as well as English and French viols.

Stuart Reid


Stuart studied at Anniesland College and Newark School of Violin making where he graduated with Distinction. He received four awards from the RAB trust before joining Stringers as a full time member of staff in 2015.