Stolen Instruments Returned to English Musicians Weeks after Theft

Classic Arts News   Stolen Instruments Returned to English Musicians Weeks after Theft
A collection of instruments stolen from the London home of classical musicians Susie Meszaros and Pal Banda has been returned to the couple, The Barnet & Potters Bar Times reports.

"They were left at the front door, very neatly, like you'd leave a present," Meszaros told the Times. "Someone went to extraordinary risk to bring them back‹they clearly wanted us to have them back and it's wonderful. They could have chickened out and dumped them somewhere, or even burnt them‹anything could have happened."

The collection of four cellos, a violin, and a viola‹which included a rare 250-year-old Carcassi cello valued at Ô£66,000‹were discovered stolen in late August after the couple returned from a music festival in Devon.

An 18th-century Italian viola belonging to Meszaros is still missing.

Banda is the cellist for the Allegri String Quartet; Meszaros plays viola for the Chilingirian Quartet.

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