A message from David Hackett of ‘Friends of Square Pianos’..
‘We all have fond memories of our five Finchcocks Parties, but sadly Finchcocks is no more. There will never be anywhere else like Finchcocks, with its unique combination of a beautiful setting, welcoming hosts, and free access to what was one of the finest collections of early keyboard instruments anywhere.
But after a break for one year, we propose now propose to hold a Friends of Square Pianos event on a smaller scale, in the form of a Spinet Day in Northamptonshire (yes, that’s north of Watford.) The venue for this will be the old school (now the Village Hall) in the village of Chelveston.’
Among the instruments assembled will be one from the school of Stephen Keene dated 1704, a Thomas Hitchcock dating from 1735 and several faithful replicas of known 18th century instruments.
The seminar on April 8th 2017 will be open from 9.00 a.m. until 6 p.m., and the programme will include talks, recitals and discussions.
For more details see http://www.friendsofsquarepianos.co.uk/spinet-day-april-2017/


Set in the charming and scenic village of Lythe on the North Yorkshire Coast, Lythe Chamber Music Summer Course 25- 29 July 2017 offers 5 days of in-depth instruction in a friendly and informal setting, provided by experts from period-instrument group, Ensemble DeNOTE and historical keyboard builder, Johannes Secker whose workshop is nearby.
Intensive individual tuition on fortepiano, harpsichord, clavichord; early woodwinds and strings.
Keyboard maintenance sessions (group and individual) with Johannes Secker.
Suitable for students, teachers and amateur musicians from grade 6 upwards.
In previous years, tutors have included John Irving, Jane Booth, Ruth Alford, Anthony Robson, George Kennaway, James Brookmyre and clarinet maker Guy Cowley.
For more information please email:
admin@denote.org.uk or consult the website at www.lythechambermusic.wordpress.com
Twitter @lythemusic1 Facebook @lythechambermusic


Baroque Week is now celebrating its 40th year. It runs from 13th to 20th August at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire. The course offers a rare and stimulating opportunity for amateur, semi-professional and student musicians, singers and instrumentalists, to immerse themselves in baroque chamber music, under the expert guidance of helpful and experienced tutors. The theme this year is ‘Rameau’s Revolution’. For further details see www.baroque-week.org.uk

CALL FOR SCORES- Music for two Harpsichords

Colchester New Music is pleased to announce a call for scores for two harpsichords, to be performed by the Knights-Tidhar harpsichord duo in Colchester in Spring 2018. All works submitted must be original, and not exceeding 7 minutes in length. There are no stylistic limitations.
ELIGIBILITY: This call is open to all composers, regardless of age and nationality
Deadline: 1 December *2017*
For more information and Entry Form see

Latest SOUNDING BOARD now online

Issue No 10 Guest Editor- Medea Bindewald. For a list of contents and a link to the whole issue go to the Sounding Board page on this website


The Historical Keyboard Society of North America is pleased to announce the prize winners of the
The Eighth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Performance Competition, which took place
at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in March.
The competition is open to harpsichordists under the age of 35 at the time of the competition

Eunji Lee (Korea), First Prize
Patrick Merrill (USA), Second Prize
Kyle Collins (USA), Jurow Prize for a Promising Semifinalist

Longy Early music professor Vivian Montgomery was competition director and a member of the jury, which also included 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), and Hank Knox (Professor of Harpsichord, Schulich School of Music of McGill University).