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Joshua Bell returns to the land of his forefathers for Usher Hall performance, with the Academy / THE SCOTSMAN

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"I actually come from Scottish descent, on my father's side of the family," says Joshua Bell. "Bell is a Scottish name, after all." Caledonian connections might come as a bit of a surprise from the US violinist, one of classical music's starriest figures, who returns to the land of his forefathers for a concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on 21 January. But to him, those roots clearly matter. "My father used to talk to me about his grandfather and great-grandfather, who fought in the Black Watch," he continues. "So there's something sentimental about playing in Scotland – and of course it's a special place anyway." Bell directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for the performance.

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