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 5 December – Performance by Max A Rush on the harpsichord
Max Rush combines careers as a harpsichordist, pianist, piano teacher, composer and landscape photographer. Originally a cellist, he studied the harpsichord with leading early music specialist Robert Woolley, focusing particularly on the solo works of Francois Couperin, J.S. Bach and Antonio Soler. He has a great interest in early keyboard instruments, having built his own at a young age. He also performed on a wide range of original and replica harpsichords, clavichords, pianos and organs.
In recent years he has focused on developing new concepts for the solo piano while performing around London in a variety of jazz ensembles and working for a community music organisation as répétiteur and accompanist. He is planning a series of solo jazz piano recitals over the coming years.
His photographs of south London parks were the subject of a solo exhibition, South London Landscapes at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in 2015.
Max will be performing J.S. Bach’s English Suite in G minor BWV 808, a substantial work he has chosen to best demonstrate the colour and sonority of the Kirckman harpsichord. He will also introduce the history of the baroque dance suite, a highly popular form in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Thursday 12 December – Performance by Tim Roberts on the virginals
Tim Roberts is a London-based chamber musician, vocal accompanist and soloist who has often focused on lesser-known repertoire, including recent recordings for Toccata Classics of organ music, John Worgan (1724–1790) and Joan Cabanilles (1644–1712).
His first job was as an editorial assistant on the 1980 edition of The New Grove Dictionary, since then he has produced many historical music editions, especially of English repertoire, for publishers including Faber Music and Oxford University Press. In recent years he has gained experience as a recording engineer and sound editor, composer and music-setter. He also enjoys part-time work as a dance accompanist at the Bird College Conservatoire for dance and musical theatre in south London, and is second organist at St Peter's Italian Church in Clerkenwell.
Thursday 19 December – Performance by David Davies on the organ
Hear Christmas music from the 17th to the 21st century on the chamber organ. The programme will include chorale preludes by Pachelbel and Bach, a Noel and variations by Daquin and a contemporary piece on 'Unto us is born a son" by Barry Ferguson.
David Davies holds a PhD in marine geophysics from Cambridge University; he taught and researched at Cambridge and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and returned to London as Editor of Nature, the science journal. His final job was as Director of the Open College of the Arts. He studied organ with Gerald Hendrie and Simon Preston and conducting with Bryan Fairfax. He produced operas in Massachusetts and London (Blackheath Opera Workshop) and since retirement has been a village organist, founded and conducts Opera at Chilmark, and plays harpsichord continuo with Salisbury Baroque.