Cy­cling vi­ola player adds an­other bowl to his strings

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Last year, we re­ported how one Alis­tair Ruther­ford had achieved the un­likely but noble feat of run­ning the fastest marathon dressed as a vi­ola. As this is­sue goes to press, the mu­sic re­search as­sis­tant and his out­fit are set to hit the road again, this time cov­er­ing the 180 miles from the Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire to the 45th In­ter­na­tional Vi­ola Congress in Rot­ter­dam by bi­cy­cle (with some sea in be­tween, ob­vi­ously). Ruther­ford is be­ing joined for the trip – which aims to raise funds for the mu­si­cal char­ity ARCO – by pi­anist An­thony He­witt who, as our reg­u­lar read­ers will know, is a vet­eran long-dis­tance cyclist. For vi­ola-re­lated rea­sons too com­plex to ex­plain here, He­witt will also be dress­ing up… as a loo. We will, of course, re­frain from vi­ola jokes and toi­let hu­mour as we wish ‘The Cy­cling Vi­ola’ and ‘The Olympianist’ the best of luck on their joint ven­ture.

Pong cy­cle: An­thony He­witt (left) and Alis­tair Ruther­ford

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