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.
29 August - Performance by Tim Roberts on the chamber organ
Tim 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 of 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 when he has produced many historical music editions, especially of English repertoire, for publishers including Faber Music and Oxford University Press, and 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 Bird College theatre school in South London and is the second organist at St Peter's Italian Church in Clerkenwell.
Music by Scarlatti, Mozart and Beethoven, plus Scottish and English tunes including Rule Britannia.
5 September - Performance by Yeo Yat-Soon on the harpsichord
Yeo Yat-Soon was born in London of Chinese parents. He studied Music and Historical Musicology at King’s College London, and Harpsichord and Conducting the Guildhall School of Music, where he won the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for Harpsichord. He performs widely as a harpsichordist, specializing in performing in historic buildings. Regular venues include the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, Handel House Museum and Strawberry Hill House in the UK, and Kammersaal Friedenau and the Music Instrument Museum, Berlin in Germany. Yat-Soon also specializes in baroque opera and has conducted for London Baroque Opera, City of London Festival and Opéra de Baugé. He plays with the ensembles Follia, The Stanesby Players and Camerata Berolinensis (Berlin). He performs regularly at the South Bank and St John’s Smith Square and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM radio and BBC1, BBC4 and Channel 4 television. Yat-Soon has had a long association with education, having been Director of Music at St Paul’s Girls’ School and The Lady Eleanor Holles School. 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.
12 September – Organ Masterclass by Stephen Farr
An organ masterclass where visitors can hear aspiring professional organists and early keyboard musicians perform their chosen repertoire and receive instruction from acclaimed organist and teacher, Stephen Farr. Playing participants: £20, register online. Auditors (most suitable for ages 12 and over) are also welcome and may attend free any time during the afternoon.
Please note: this event will take place in The Studio.
19 September - Performance by Róza Bene on the virginals
Graduated at Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest as a Master of Performing Art, Harpsichordist. Completed post. grad. studies at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Currently in praxis as a performer, working at RBC as an Early Music accompanist. Have been playing recitals in Birmingham town Hall, Leamington Music Festival, taking part in international competitions in Bruges and in Prague.
26 September – Performance by Linda Nicholson on the piano
Linda Nicholson is one of the foremost keyboard players specialising in the performance of baroque, classical and early romantic music on instruments of the period. She is a pioneer in the revival of the pianoforte, and won the first two international competitions held for the instrument, namely the Concours International du Pianoforte in Paris and the Festival of Flanders Competition in Bruges. Since then she has performed in major festivals and concert series throughout Europe and the Far East, both as soloist in recitals and concertos and as chamber music player. She has performed many of the Mozart concertos with period orchestras, for example, Les Arts Florissants, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Capella Coloniensis. With the latter she made three CDs of Mozart concertos in a co-production between Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Capriccio. As a founder member of the London Fortepiano Trio Linda participated in groundbreaking recordings on period instruments of all of Mozart’s trios, and a number by Beethoven and Haydn. She has worked for some twenty years with the violinist Hiro Kurosaki, concert master of Les Arts Florissants, and together they have recorded the complete sonatas of both Mozart (for Westdeutscher Rundfunk/ Erato) and Beethoven (for Westdeutscher Rundfunk/ACCENT) for violin and piano: both sets of recordings were the first in which original instruments were used.
Linda’s many solo recordings include “Beethoven Bagatelles and other pieces” (ACCENT), and Mozart piano sonatas (ACCENT), which won the Diapason d'Or. She is recording the complete works of Carl Loewe for Westdeutscher Rundfunk/ Toccata Classics, the first volume of which appeared in 2015 to outstanding reviews, and the second was released in May 2019. In February 2017 a CD featuring the earliest music written for the piano, "Discovering the Piano", for the label Passacaille, won the highest Diapason d'Or and was record of the month.