The British Harpsichord Society is sad to report that the eminent harpsichord maker, Andrea Goble, has died, aged 91.
Andrea’s father, Robert – a protegé of Arnold Dolmetsch – founded the family firm, Robert Goble & Son, in the 1940s. The family played a pivotal role in the revival of early music in Britain, producing many hundreds of superbly crafted instruments. Andrea oversaw the vital transition to the production of historically-based harpsichords in the 1970s which was hugely successful, and his tireless work benefited many emerging players and instrument makers. His mother, Elizabeth, was an early pioneer of the harpsichord, and his son, Anthony, joined his father and grandfather as a third generation harpsichord maker.
A tribute to Andrea Goble will be appearing in an upcoming edition of Sounding Board magazine.
Andrea Goble (centre) in the late 1970s with father Robert, mother Elizabeth and son Anthony.