My book ‘Violin Varnish: notes and articles from the workshop of Koen Padding is available from

The Benslow Loan Scheme lends instruments to talented young players.  A number of my instruments form part of its collection.  
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The Rowan Armour-Brown Trust helps student violin makers by giving grants, tools and help with workshop placements. 
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The Strad magazine has articles of interest to both makers and players of violin family instruments.

Pewter Frog is a storytelling and creative arts company which uses original stories and specialises in bilingual storytelling and ‘Music and Myth’, with viola! 

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society promotes an annual series of chamber music concerts given by leading international ensembles, held at the Royal Northern College of Music.
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Creative Tourist is a website run by the Manchester Museums and Galleries Consortium, giving information about the cultural life of Manchester.