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Take a bow... special violin for Armagh orchestra prodigy

Violinist Samuel Kane from Loughgall
Violinist Samuel Kane from Loughgall

A TALENTED Co Armagh musician has been presented with a violin nearly 240 years old after being announced as the newest leader of the Ulster Youth Orchestra.

Samuel Kane, from Loughgall, received the exquisite instrument from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The Milton Violin, made by renowned Neapolitan violin maker Joseph Gagliano, will be played throughout his tenure as leader. The instrument, which is 239 years old, was donated to the Arts Council by Professor Alan Milton back in 1980 and has been used by both the leader and principal players of the Ulster Orchestra.

In 2013, the Arts Council decided to loan the item to the youth orchestra to be used by exceptionally gifted musicians in their role as leader. Samuel faced a rigorous audition to become leader of the orchestra.

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