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Marie Hall
Born April 8, 1884(1884-04-08)
Origin England
Died November 11, 1956 (aged 72)
Instruments Violin
Notable instruments
Viotti Stradivarius

Marie Pauline Hall (8 April 1884 – 11 November 1956) was an English violinist.

Hall was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She received her first lessons from her father, who was a harpist in the orchestra of the Carl Rosa Opera Company. She also studied with a local teacher, Hildegarde Werner. Hall family moved around the country with her father and spent some years in Guarlford, a small village near Malvern. When she was nine, Émile Sauret heard her play but her parents did not follow his advice to send her to the Royal Academy of Music in London.(Oxford DNB) She continued to study under several well known teachers, including Edward Elgar in 1894, August Wilhelmj in London in 1896, Max Mossel in Birmingham in 1898, and Professor Kruse in 1900 in London. In 1901, upon the advice of Jan Kubelík, she went to study under his former tutor Otakar Ševčík in Prague.

Hall played for the first time in Prague in November 1902, Vienna in January 1903, and made her London debut on February 16, 1903, scoring a success in all these places.

She possessed a technique that she believed was due to Ševčík's teaching. While she appeared to be not very strong physically, Hall proved herself strong enough to engage upon long tours and perform exacting programs without fatigue.

Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote The Lark Ascending for Hall, and dedicated it to her. She gave the first public performance at the Queen's Hall under Adrian Boult in 1921. She played the Viotti Stradivarius, which is now among the exhibited instruments in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

In 1911, Hall married her manager Edward Baring; they settled in Cheltenham and had one child, Pauline.(Oxford DNB) For the last years of her life she lived in Cheltenham in a large Victorian villa, “Inveresk”, in Eldorado Road.

Hall has been described as “a very charming woman, very small and jolly and with a great sense of humour. She was also extremely generous.” She died in Cheltenham on 11 November 1956.

The 1709 Stradivarius violin, which she had played for more than 50 years and became known as the "Marie Hall Stradivarius", was sold at Sotheby’s in April 1988 for a record £473,000 to an anonymous South American bidder.(Malvern Gazette)


  • Oxford Dictionary of Modern Biography
  • Gillett, Paul. Musical Women in England 1870-1914. MacMillan. 2000.
  • Cuthbert, Hadden J. Modern Musicians. T.N. Foulis. 1914.
  • Malvern Gazette
  • This article is based on a text from the Etude magazine, prior to 1923, that is in the public domain.

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