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About this event

Hear It Live! is going weekly. Join us on Thursdays 3.30-4pm from 18 July.

Join us in the Music Gallery to hear performances and talks based on our musical instrument collection, including our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. 

25 June - Performance of The Shona mbira of Zimbabwe by an mbira duo

An mbira duo formed by Chartwell Dutiro and Jori Buchel will give a performance-demonstration of the Shona mbira.

Chartwell Dutiro is a Zimbabwean musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and teacher. He is a master mbira player with a story that begins in the sacred musical rituals of his home village. 

Since 1994, Chartwell has been based in England, performing, recording, teaching and building bridges between cultures through his music. Jori Buchel is an experienced musician, mbira player and singer from the Netherlands.

The mbira dzinoera (sacred mbira), an instrument of the Shonapeople of Zimbabwe, has hand forged iron keys on a gwariva (piece of hardwood) base.

Please note: This event will be held in the Hands on Base

18 July – Performance by Yeo Yat-Soon on the Guarracino virginals

‘Search of the Palladian Style’ journeys through the times of the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, and the Palladian revival in 18th century London. Music from this period will be performed in our Music Gallery on historical instruments, including the recently restored virginals by Guarracino, featuring music by Cavazzoni, Merula and Frescobaldi.

Yeo Yat-Soon was born in London to Chinese parents. He studied Music and Historical Musicology at King’s College London, and Harpsichord and Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music.

Yat-Soon holds the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for Harpsichord and performs widely as a harpsichordist, specialising in performing in historic buildings. He currently teaches harpsichord, coaches chamber music and lectures on historical performance for the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research at the University of Birmingham.