Musician ‘devastated’ after leaving rare 18th century violin featured in Harry Potter and James Bond film scores on train

‘It is devastating... it’s a bit like having somebody take away a limb’, says Stephen Morris

Chiara Giordano
Monday 28 October 2019 17:12
Stephen Morris playing his violin
Stephen Morris playing his violin

A musician has said he is “devastated” after leaving an 18th century violin which features in Harry Potter and James Bond film scores on a train.

Stephen Morris, 51, who has been touring with Andrea Bocelli, had been on a train from London Victoria when he got off at Penge East and left the £250,000 instrument behind.

The rare antique is believed to be only one of a few made by David Tecchler, whose name is marked inside, in Rome in 1709.

Mr Morris, who has been a violinist for 44 years, had been due to play the 310-year-old violin while leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the weekend.

He bought the violin about 15 years ago and has used it in a number of notable films over the years, including The Lord of the Rings and Dark Knight.

The musician, who lives in Sydenham, southeast London, told The Independent: “I had done a very long day at Abbey Road recording and I was just exhausted and it looks like I’ve left it on the train.

“It has been my working companion for the last 15 years so it’s a bit like having somebody take away a limb because you are so used to the way it works and responds.

“I bought it from Christie’s about 15 years ago after a really long search for the right violin.

“It’s been on a huge number of movies over the last 20 years.

“It is devastating – nobody’s died and it could be a lot, lot worse – but on a personal level it’s pretty massive.”

Mr Morris, who previously had the violin restored, said there were also two valuable bows inside the case alongside the instrument.

He said: “One of the bows belonged to quite a famous violinist called Michael Rabin and I was extremely lucky to buy that so that’s a big loss as well.”

The violinist has had to borrow a violin from his wife, Sarah Sexton, who is also a professional musician, to use in the meantime.

The violin and two bows were inside a white glossy case when it was left on the 11.58pm service from London Victoria to Orpington on 22 October.

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Mr Morris contacted lost property and British Transport Police, however it has not been handed in.

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