Safe and sound: London musician’s lost violin, left on a train, is returned

Posted on: November 5, 2019

“Stephen Morris, a professional musician, was so exhausted after a long day in the recording studio that when he got off a train in southeastern London on Oct. 22, he did not realize he had left his 310-year-old violin behind,” writes Iliana Magra in Sunday’s (11/3) New York Times. “ ‘Devastated’ once he realized his mistake the following morning, Mr. Morris … wrote to Southeastern Railway … and made public appeals on social media for its return. The British Transport Police later released an image taken from CCTV of a man who might have taken the violin, asking him to get in touch…. On Saturday, Mr. Morris announced on Twitter, … ‘My violin is home safe and sound’ … He is a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, has worked with musicians such as Stevie Wonder and U2…. Also inside [the violin case] were two ‘quite historic’ bows… Mr. Morris said he received a private message on Twitter on Thursday from someone who said he recognized the person in the CCTV picture. ‘He was very apologetic; he said he wanted to hand it to me in person,’ a clearly relieved Mr. Morris told the BBC.”

Posted November 5, 2019

In photo: Stephen Morris, reunited with his violin