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30/12/2018 16:56
Having never owned a double-manual harpsichord, but had several on short-term loan from Michael Thomas, John McKean and others, it's a real pleasure now to have a five-octave Flemish double of my own - just in time to start learning the Goldberg Varations, for 2019. Also in planning is a programme...
15/12/2018 13:55
A new project is in planning for 2019, inspired by Dixe Wills' book 'Tiny Churches' (2016), which matches clavichord recitals with some of the smallest and most historic churches in East Anglia. There's an outline website up at quiet-sounds.webnode.com/ - more news soon.
01/12/2018 12:47
As an offshoot of my complete 48, finished in August, an article about the preparation process, called 'Learning the 48', is now published in the latest issue of 'Harpsichord & Fortepiano' www.hfmagazine.info/.
25/11/2018 10:38
With Couperin all done, it's time to get back to normal programming, so coming up before the end of the year will be Fitzwilliam Virginal Book recital no.27, Complete Bach no.9 and (today) a 300th Anniversary concert for Marpurg (born 21 November 1718), a talented composer, not a note of whose...
25/11/2018 10:35
The 350th Anniversary marathon on 10 November went very well indeed, with some exceptional performances; special thanks to Jonathan Hellyer Jones, Aline Zylberajch and Mark Kroll, who stepped in with extra ordres to cover an indisposed player! The website couperin2018.webnode.com/ has been...
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...
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