‘Devastated’ violinist appeals for help after leaving 310-year-old instrument worth £250,000 on train


A MUSICIAN has appealed for the return of his £250,000 antique violin after leaving it on a train.

Stephen Morris, 51, forgot the 310-year-old instrument, in a white case, when he got off with his bike.

Violinist Stephen Morris, 51, says he is ‘devastated’ after leaving his 310-year-old instrument worth £250,000 on a train

The 1709 violin was one of only a few made by German master craftsman David Tecchler.

Stephen had been due to play it while leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts with Italian opera singer Andrea Boccelli at the weekend.

Instead he had to borrow an instrument from his wife, a fellow professional musician, for the shows in Manchester and Leeds.

Mr Morris — who has played on Bond film scores and recorded with David Bowie — said: “It’s devastating to lose it. I was really only its custodian and had hoped to pass it on to another violinist eventually. I found it in Christie’s rare string auction and had it wonderfully restored. Quite apart from its value, its my livelihood.”

Mr Morris, of Sydenham, South East London, was on the 22:58 Victoria to Orpington Southeastern service on Tuesday night and got off at Penge East.

Police are checking CCTV.

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