BRITISH HARPSICHORD SOCIETY RECITAL
‘An Age of Experiment’
A concert of contrasts: the melancholy of two famous pavans and the virtuosity of Byrd and Blow; Rossi’s theatricality and the inward intensity of Weckmann and Cabanilles; the brilliant harpsichord and the intimate clavichord
Timothy Roberts developed a passion for Baroque music during his schooldays, when he had organ lessons from Francis Routh and spent many hours getting to know the 18th-century harpsichords at Fenton House in his native Hampstead (north London). He later studied with Christopher Kite and Jill Severs, also receiving master-class tuition from Kenneth Gilbert and Gustav Leonhardt. He worked for about thirty years as a busy touring early keyboard player, during which he became principal harpsichordist of the Gabrieli Consort and Players and also director of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, and like many colleagues of his generation he often broadcast on Radio 3 and has contributed to a large number of CD recordings. Later – seeking a lifestyle involving less time in airports and hotels – he moved to southern Europe, working as a church organist in Provence and, especially, Mallorca, where he still enjoys close musical connections especially thanks to his friendship with the young Baroque orchestra Ars Musicae.
As a chamber musician, vocal accompanist and soloist he has often focused on lesser-known repertoire, and reviewing his recent CD of the organ music of John Worgan (1729–1790, Toccata Classics) the magazine Fanfare USA described him as a “famed organist and musicologist.” He has recently embarked on a major survey of the great Valencian organ master Cabanilles, also for Toccata Classics.
Tim’s first job was as an editorial assistant on the 1980 edition of The New Grove dictionary, since when he has produced many historical music editions, especially of English repertoire, for several publishers including Faber Music and OUP. In recent years he has also gained experience as a music-setter, recording engineer and sound editor, and composer.
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