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24/08/2018 14:13
After June's exotic three-harpsichord concert francis-knights.webnode.com/news/three-harpsichords/, we're now planning one with four harpsichords and strings, built around the Bach/Vivaldi concerto and my arrangement of Brandenburg 2. Already, we have an exciting new concerto from Ivan Moody...
24/08/2018 14:10
As well as carrying on with the long-running Bach and FVB projects this summer, I've also written a piece on 'Learning the 48' for publication on 'Harpsichord & Fortepiano' later this year, and should finish three articles on Byrd, the Italian Madrigal, Composition and Mathematics soon;...
08/08/2018 12:37
With the fifth and final programme from the 48 done last Sunday (all the works in 5, 6 and 7 sharps, quite taxing), the project now moves on to the suites, starting with the French set. There's also a lessons-learned article in preparation about the actual processes of learning large collections,...
27/07/2018 17:57
An industrious couple of weeks, with conferences in hand, articles to finish, the next NEMA Newsletter to get to press, two substantial books to plan in detail and some left-over admin from last term. Next, practical music takes over for a while, with the next Cambridge Renaissance Ensemble...
23/06/2018 12:22
As part of the usual May Week recital series at Jesus College, we turned up with three harpsichords for a rare (and probably unique) programme of Bach and contemporary music, including the premiere of a new version of Vulcan Chess (2018) by Mark Bellis (world premiere of this version), the...
06/06/2018 15:29
In response to a project set up by David Bohn in the US last year for new clavichord works consisting - and this is the catch! - of fewer than 100 notes, I tried writing an entire Prelude & Fugue, which is now online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga26GtgpJ4Y
21/05/2018 12:28
Having finished the fourth '48' recital, including a partial outing on the organ (and a big one - the four manual at Bury St Edmund's Cathedral!) it was back to other projects, including the editing of the complete Bach family compositions for two keyboards, which should be out later this year....
20/02/2018 17:34
Some serious forward planning in hand, with various anniversary events booked up to 2025, including days dedicated to the keyboard music of Marchand (2019), Beethoven (2020), Sweelinck (2021), Tomkins (2022), Kuhnau (2022), Byrd (2023), Weckmann (2024) and Gibbons (2025) -...
31/01/2018 16:22
A busy few months, which has involved two recitals from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (gearing up the process in time for completion in October next year); a programme featuring a dozen different Tudor In Nomines; the completion of my Howells clavichord anniversary project; and two performances of...
13/11/2017 14:54
A very busy week, just ended. First, a concert of music by Biber in Christ's College Chapel, where the Cambridge Renaissance Ensemble were joined by Paula Muldoon (baroque violin) and Stephen Lawrence (tenor). The lecture at the Bate Collection in Oxford last Wednesday now has a report online at...
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