British Harpsichord Society News

Morley College,
61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Monday, 13 July 2015– Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:30 - 21:30 Course Fee £80

The following pieces by François Couperin will be studied. All available to download from­wiki/­Category:Composers

XIII Ordre (Treizième Ordre)
including Les Folies Françoises ou Les Dominos

III Ordre (Troisième Ordre)

L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin
Allemande and Preludes Nos. 1-8

From Concerts Royaux
Premier Concert
Quatrième Concert

A knowledge of basic harpsichord skills is essential.

Tutor; Pawel Siwczak
Contact 020 7928 8501­about

Le Capriccio Français, a French early music orchestra, has been offering for 17 years a Summer Music Academy which offers tuition programs for singers, instrumentalists, students in choir conducting, as well as a choral program. It will take place in Barcelona (Spain) from July 19-26, 2015 Patrick Blanc, recorder, traverso
Hélène Dufour, harpsichord
Dominique Dujardin, cello
Muriel Ferraro, vocal technique for the choir
Isabelle Germain, singers
Guillaume Jablonka, baroque dance
Philippe Le Fèvre (musical director of the Academy), choir conducting
Further details see­

Set in the historic coastal village of Lythe
on the edge of the North York Moors.
26th-30th July 2015
Individual tuition -Technical surgeries -Solo, duo & ensemble performance -Playing period music on chalumeau, clarinets, recorders, fortepiano, harpsichord and clavichord -Early Keyboard construction, tuning and maintenance
JOHN IRVING- Fortepiano and Harpsichordist,
JANE BOOTH - early Clarinet and Chalumeau,
JAMES BROOKMYRE - Recorder and period Clarinet.
JOHANNES SECKER - maker of Early Keyboards.

For further details contact James Brookmyre
07548 748 455­

The Galpin Society, in partnership with the Institute of Acoustics and the Royal Musical Association, is pleased to announce the upcoming conference "Musical Instruments in Science and History", to take place between the 27th and 30th of September 2015.
For further details see­


The Historical Keyboard Society of North America is pleased to announce the eighth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, to take place MARCH 2016 at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA. Harpsichordists under age 35 at the time of the competition are eligible to enter.
The deadline is October 1, 2015, for preliminary qualification by recording, submitted electronically. Semi-final and final rounds will be held at the HKSNA conclave at Oberlin College, 2016. A maximum of twelve players from the preliminary round will be admitted to the semi-final round.
JURY: Jane Chapman (Professor of Harpsichord, Royal College of Music, London), Lisa Goode Crawford (Professor of Harpsichord, Emerita, Oberlin Conservatory of Music), Catalina Vicens (Ensemble Servir Antico, Basel/ Leiden), Hank Knox (Professor of Harpsichord, Schulich School of Music of McGill University), Vivian Montgomery (Early Music Faculty, Longy School of Music).


Dr Margaret Debenham an Independent Scholar with an interest in early music history, including piano-forte and harpsichord makers, has in recent years published several papers, which contain information about the activities of early makers and may be of interest to Harpsichord Society members. For a limited period of time (until the end of the year at least), the publishers Taylor and Francis are presently offering free access to two of the papers published in The Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle in 2013 and 2014. This is an opportunity for any Harpsichord Society member who doesn’t have ready access to this Journal to read and download them at no cost by following the hyperlinks given below.

1) Margaret Debenham and Michael Cole, 2013: ‘Pioneer Piano Makers in London, 1737–1774: newly discovered documentary sources’ see­doi/­full/­10.1080/­14723808.2012.761771#.VJXzDeQIAA in The Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle Vol. 44. Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. DOI: 10.1080/14723808.2012.761771.
The life and work of three immigrant craftsmen who made pianofortes and related instruments in London in the period 1740–65. Roger Plenius, Herman Viator and Frederick Neubauer (See also Michael Cole’s website at:­rp.html for further information)

2) Margaret Debenham, 2014. Joseph Merlin in London, 1760–1803: the Man behind the Mask. New Documentary Sources­toc/­rrmc20/­44/­1#.VJXvseQIAA in The Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, Vol. 45, Issue 1.
DOI: 10.1080/14723808.2014.888175
Joseph Merlin (1735–1803), ‘Ingenious Mechanick’, musical-instrument maker. Describes two newly identified sets of Court documents, one of which concerns a violation of his 1774 combined harpsichord-pianoforte patent rights.

Our thanks to Dr Margaret Debenham for sharing her findings with BHS members
- 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.

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.