Concerts

Sligo Early Music Festival 2013

A harpsichordist often works with other musicians. In my case this can be with single artists (for example, the Danish singer and violinist Jette Rosendal), or as continuo with entire choirs and orchestras, such as the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. As for solo work, I welcome invitations to perform any of the programmes below and am happy to consider requests for variants upon them.

Fees are negotiable, since different venues and organisations have different funds. As a guide, a short programme within a range of around 100 miles from my home base near Wells, Somerset (UK), can cost less than £500, including the provision of a harpsichord. Feel free to contact me for more information.

See forthcoming and previous events, below

Current solo harpsichord programmes

The Attraction of the Grounde

English Music from the 17th century. Composers include Byrd and Purcell, and pieces concentrate on the use of the Ground Bass. This delightful and deceptively simple musical form was very popular in England, and has been used by many later composers too, including Vaughan Williams.

Dark Harpsichord Music

This memorable programme, often scheduled for the late evening, was first performed at Dartington in 1995, and much of the original music has been retained. It also became one of my most successful CDs. A continuous sequence of pieces ancient and modern, it sustains a mood of intense, mostly dark character. Composers include Couperin, Bach, Louis Andriessen and Liz Lane.

The Fantastic Harpsichord

A programme concentrating upon Fantasias. Music by François Couperin, Handel, Liz Lane, Peter Philips, and including Bach’s famous Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue.

A selection of previous concerts

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Wells Cathedral, Somerset, November 2015
St. Cecilia Concert by Candlelight, for Early Music Wells
The Attraction of the Ground

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Purbeck Art Weeks, Dorset, May 2015
The Fantastic Harpsichord

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Dillington House, Somerset, February 2015
The Attraction of the Ground

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Dillington House, Somerset, March 2015
Two harpsichords on the Grand Tour: with Steven Devine

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Sligo Early Music Festival (2014)
Two-harpsichord concert: Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, with Yonit Lea Kosovske

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St. Michael’s Church, part of the St. Alban’s Organ Festival
Dark Harpsichord Music

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Dartington International Summer School
The Attraction of the Grounde

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The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol
English Music for Voice and Harpsichord, with Paul Bambrough, tenor
Masterworks by Purcell and other English composers

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St. Finnbarr’s Church, part of the Fowey Summer Festival, Cornwall
The Fantastic Harpsichord

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Sligo Early Music Festival (2013)
The Attraction of the Grounde

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