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About this event

Join us every Thursday, 3.30-4pm.

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

Thursday 23 January – Performance by Penelope Cave on the virginals

Penelope Cave is an international, prize-winning harpsichordist with much experience in giving recitals on historic instruments. Her CD, 'From Lisbon to Madrid’ was awarded five stars from BBC Music Magazine, and 'Panorama', a disc of solo keyboard music from each decade of the twentieth century, was also critically well-received. She is known for her educational work, and regularly tutors harpsichord and early piano courses in Britain and abroad.

After completing her PhD in 2014, she project-managed and performed in four short films on music at Tatton Park, and was a National Trust artist-in-residence at Dyrham Park. Dr. Cave is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, committee member of the British Harpsichord Society, and, presently, a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford. Last year she contributed to Muzio Clementi and British Musical Culture for Ashgate's Historical Keyboard Series, and has recently been invited to write a chapter for a Bucknell University Press publication, Women and Music in Georgian Britain. She gives illustrated papers for academic conferences throughout Europe with particular reference to early-piano repertoire and pedagogy, domestic music-making, and musical correspondence in Regency England.

Penelope Cave’s recital, entitled  Pasquini—Picchi—Pasquini , will consist of short pieces by three Italian composers, whom she will introduce to compliment the 1668 Guarracino virginals.

Thursday 30 January – Performance by Asako Ogawa on the virginals and harpsichord

Asako Ogawa is a Japanese born harpsichordist based in London and actively performs as a soloist and continuo player in UK, Europe and Japan. She is also a baroque repertoire coach at Guildhall School of music and Drama.

Recently, Asako has performed Goldberg Variations in the UK and Japan as a Soloist. Her performances received enthusiastic acclaim as well as her recent debut recording of the piece. The CD was praised by the critic Robert Hugill - "There is a clarity to her approach; every detail of Bach’s part writing is clear".

Her appearances include Leicester International Music Festival, Faversham Music Festival, London Bach Festival. Brighton Early Music Festival, BBC Radio 3, and the Georgian Concert Society, Edinburgh. Asako is a regular performer at Handel House and London Handel Festival. Last year she gave a recital with the winners of the 2017 LHSC in the Halle Händel Festival, Germany and was invited back to give a solo recital this year. 

Her path as a historical keyboard player developed with her taking up the harpsichord in 2006 at the historical performance department of GSMD, where she completed her Postgraduate Diploma and was awarded a Fellowship. She studied the harpsichord with Nicholas Parle, James Johnstone, and Laurence Cummings, fortepiano with Steven Devine.

Asako won the Accompanist’s Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition and was also a finalist in the Broadwood Harpsichord Ensemble Competition. She also performed in the Brighton Early Music Festival, which was broadcasted on the BBC3 Early Music Show.

She has participated in international courses and masterclasses by Bob van Asperen, Colin Tilney, Ton Koopmann and Christophe Rousset. Asako received a scholarship to participate in the Aestas Musica Baroque School in Croatia, where she played continuo for Purcell's Fairy Queen and Indian Queen productions under the direction of Laurence Cummings. Asako founded a Baroque Ensemble LUX which has been a regular at the London Handel Festival and was invited to perform in the prestigious concert series of the Georgian Concert Society, Edinburgh. 

Asako also specialised in the art of piano accompaniment and chamber music and has received many awards, including the MBF Sir Henry Richardson Accompanists’ Award. Asako has collaborated with many internationally established singers such as Susana Gaspar, Vania Stankov, Héloïse Mas, Jorge Navarro Colorado, Josep Ramon Olivé and acclaimed instrumentalists such as violist Maxim Rysanov and violinist Ivo Stankov. Currently, Asako has been touring Belgium with a mezzo-soprano, Héloïse Mas. 

 For this recital titled 'Frescobaldi to CPE Bach', Asako will perform pieces by Frescobaldi, JS Bach and CPE Bach.