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Booking information

Ticket price £10
This event is recommended for audiences 18+
Doors open at 6.45pm. A bar is available during the opening and interval.

About this event

Performance by Helen Charlston (voice) and Terence Charlston (virginals and square piano)

'Music for the list'ning soul'

Helen Charlston and Terence Charlston bring two contrasting instruments to life in a programme that traverses the gamut of joy and sorrow of baroque keyboard and vocal music.

Follow these changing musical worlds from Monteverdi, Frescobaldi and Barbara Strozzi to Handel and Elisabetta de Gambarini, culminating in Haydn's dramatic Cantata, Arianna a Naxos.


  • Virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, Naples, 1668
  • Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777

About the musicians

  • Terence Charlston specialises on early keyboard instruments, particularly the harpsichord, clavichord and organ. He has made many commercial recordings and his repertoire spans the Middle Ages to the present day. He remains active as a chamber musician and is Chair of Historical Keyboard Instruments and Professor of Harpsichord at the Royal College of Music in London. Over the last decade, he has mentored the exciting young vocal ensemble Amici Voices.

  • Acclaimed for her musical interpretation, presence and “warmly distinctive tone” (The Telegraph), Helen Charlston won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition. She is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a City Music Foundation Artist. Much in demand for her Oratorio and Concert work in the UK and internationally, Helen works regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort and Players (Paul McCreesh), Britten Sinfonia, London Handel Players, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the English Concert. Born in Hertfordshire, Helen began singing as a chorister of St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir before taking up a choral scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read music and was a scholar on the Pembroke College Lieder Scheme.