British Harpsichord Society News
|BENSLOW MUSIC TRUST |
The Benslow Harpsichord Course.
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 May, 2013 .
Residential course led by Penelope Cave.
‘Bach and his Ilk’ An inspiring course for harpsichordists, devoted to the music of J S Bach,
his relations and his contemporaries.
For full details contact Benslow Music, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB
01462 459446 or
|HARPSICHORD STUDY WEEKEND|
In Hasketon, near Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June
Course Tutor, Christine Whiffen
Participants of any standard are welcome to attend, whether or not they have previous experience of playing the harpsichord. There will be two sessions each day, 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.30pm
COST: £20 per session (£75 if booking for all four sessions), to both participants and observers.
School students free; accompanying parents are welcome to listen for a reduced rate of £5 per session. For further details see http://www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk/events/index.php?id=14
|FIMTE 2013; WORKSHOPS ON |
SPANISH KEYBOARD MUSIC
Sonatas and Dances: Domenico Scarlatti and the
Eighteenth century Spanish Keyboard Music School
Barcelona, 1st to 5th July 2013
Fabrizio Acanfora workshop
Milano, 6th-8th September 2013
Villa Medici-Giulini Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments
For more information visit FIMTE website: http://www.fimte.org/Spanish%20Keyboard%20Courses.htm
Registration is now open!
| HARPSICHORD SUMMER SCHOOL |
61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Mon, 8 July – Thurs, 11 July 2013 18:30 - 21:30
A practical course in harpsichord techniques, and the interpretation of the early keyboard repertoire. A knowledge of basic harpsichord skills is essential.
Tutor; Pawel Siwczak-
Works to be studied 'A selection of your choosing from Bach's French Suite No 4 in Eb, BWV 815 and or Toccata in Eminor, BWV 914'
Contact 020 7928 8501
|ICHKM CONFERENCE |
University of Edinburgh
The 2nd International Conference on Historical Keyboard Music will take place from
19th July 2013 to 21st July 2013
Further details, a facility for registration, and a
full programme will appear on the conference
website in due course:
|We are pleased to announce that the|
BHS COMPOSITION COMPETITION
PRIZE-WINNERS CONCERT will take place
at The Foundling Museum in London on Saturday July 27th at 3pm with Reception to follow.
The programme will include a performance of all the prize-winners' as well as other shortlisted works.
The prize winners were;
First Prize:Alessandro Ponti (Italy)
Second Prize:Jung Sun Kang (USA)
Joint Third Prize:Aled Smith (UK)
Joint Third Prize:Jurgen Kraus (Germany)
highly commended (in alphabetical order)
Thomas Donahue (USA)
Satoru Ikeda (Japan)
Patrick Jones (UK)
Junghae Lee (Korea/Switzerland)
Gavin Wayte (UK)
Full programme details and performers to be announced in due course.
|DARTINGTON INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL is celebrating its 60th year at the magnificent Dartington Hall Estate in Devon |
from 27th July to 31st August, 2013
Participants are able to tailor-make their days, taking part in courses and performances by day and by night watching concerts performed by the professional musicians and their students.
Courses include Bach on the Harpsichord directed by Colin Booth ’An introduction to the harpsichord, the instrument and its playing techniques, for pianists who want to explore Bach’s music’
for further details see
| The SECOND NORDIC HISTORICAL KEYBOARD FESTIVAL |
will take place in Kuopio, Finland, from
August 14-23, 2013
|INSTRUMENTS FROM A SWISS COLLECTION FOR IMMEDIATE SALE|
A few months ago the Swiss instrument maker, Ruedi Käppeli died unexpectedly. He left a large number of instruments which had not been provided for. These are mainly harpsichords, 12 to 15 in number, mostly Italian models of varying sizes, but also some Flemish. There are also some clavichords, a fortepiano copy and three or four original pianos, a Broadwood grand from c.1825, a Broadwood Cabinet piano from c. 1820, a John Mott square piano from c.1825 and a Viennese square c. 1830. All the above, including the originals, are in excellent playing order - until the maker's death they were used regularly for concerts and hiring. The family need to sell off these instruments as soon as possible, as the house and workshop in Sursee, near Lucerne, are to be sold, and are interested in any reasonable offers. The person to contact is Gerold Käppeli on +41 62 923 40 23 (office hours) or +41 62 922 82 87 (evenings).
|Conference ‘Roots of Revival’ at the HORNIMAN MUSEUM, LONDON. |
The conference from 12-14 March 2014 will be a 3-day forum for presenting research on the lives and work of collectors, enthusiasts, craftsmen and musicians who had an impact on the course of the 20th century early music revival. Presentations concerning the historic models that builders such as Dolmetsch used as prototypes, accounts of their workshops and working methods, and of restorations that they undertook, are invited. Research into 19th and early 20th century notions about historic performance practice will also be welcomed.
Call for Papers. Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent by email to by 1st November 2013. For full details see http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/event/roots-of-revival
- your link to EARLY MUSIC WORLDWIDE. This site is a useful resource with information and news about the Early Music scene in all parts of the globe.
|ITEMS FOR SALE- |
New Section on BHS Website.
We have a successful ‘Sale and Wanted’ section which has until now been used solely for instruments. We would now like to extend this facility to include other items, spare parts, tuners, printed harpsichord music, books on harpsichord related subjects etc.
We propose to charge10% for items advertised at more than £50, with free listing for those items of £50 or less. Please contact
We reserve the right to withhold listing to those items we feel not relevant.