For details and photographs see our Harpsichords > ‘For Sale’ page for these Free items!
Sunday 30th January from 2pm. A celebration of the works of Domenico Scarlatti with performances on harpsichord, fortepiano and piano, plus a panel discussion with the performers. For details see entry on our Concert Diary page and https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2022/event/domenico-scarlatti-the-mirror-of-human-frailty
Chris Nobbs writes ‘My friend Andrew Garrett, musical instrument maker, conservator and restorer, who has died aged 83, was one half of the
Clayson & Garrett partnership and the National Trust’s adviser on the conservation of musical instruments.’
For the full Obituary see https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/24/andrew-garrett-obituary
Due to be launched very soon is the on-line version of Donald Boalch’s ‘Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord 1440 – 1840’. The timeline is being extended to 1925, to allow the inclusion of the pioneering ‘revival’ instruments of Dolmetsch and others. Updating and editing is well under way but the success of the venture will depend upon all those with knowledge of new discoveries, or instruments that have changed hands since the 1995 Third Edition, to share the information. Please contact www.boalch.org
Recruiting and training the next generation of harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano technicians and makers, is now reaching crisis point. A document has been compiled to encourage and help anyone who might be considering a future career in this field. It is a pdf file which also includes links to a number of relevant websites. To open please click on ‘Guide to Training Resources’
Founded in 2020, Lyrebird Music, is a publisher of scholarly editions of early music, specialising in keyboard works by under-represented composers and early collections of music. They are kindly offering a special discount of 15% , to all BHS members, (sales and special offers excluded).See https://lyrebirdmusic.com/
A new charity, Continuo Foundation will give grants which create work for freelance musicians and aims to draw upon innovative thinking and technology to help period-instrument ensembles improve long-term sustainability post-Covid-19. Under the enthusiastic patronage of Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Roger Norrington and Rachel Podger and a team of professionals from music, business and media, Continuo has recently reached the first of many fundraising milestones, having raised £100,000 in just three months. It is now open for grant applications from professional UK-based period-instrument ensembles.
Full details on how to apply are available on the Continuo website: www.continuofoundation.co.uk/grants
In response to Covid-19 the prestigious York competition for early music ensembles will move from July 2021 to 13 – 16 July 2022. Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent, the competition takes place at the National Centre for Early Music
as part of York Early Music Festival. For more details see https://www.yorkcomp.ncem.co.uk/