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Welcome to the British Viola Society

The Society was originally founded as the English Viola Society in September 2007 by the late Professor John White and Dr Louise Lansdown (President).

The society exists for the benefit of violists and aficionados of the instrument.

It has expanded to become the British Viola Society with charitable objectives, aiming to support, promote and encourage every aspect of playing, teaching, composing and research relevant to the viola in Great Britain.

The British Viola Society’s inaugural meeting was held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 14 October 2012.

The British Viola Society is a member of the International Viola Society (IVS). 7% of members’ subscriptions go to the IVS, bringing together around 1500 violists across eighteen countries.


Neil Kristof Ertz

It is with great sadness that we bring news of the death of Neil Kristof Ertz, the Edinburgh violin maker and loyal BVS member. He passed away on Wednesday 5th October 2016 and was 50 years old. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

There is an obituary in the STRAD: