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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 3 October – Performance by Dominika Maszczyńska on the virginals and harpsichord

Dominika Maszczyńska presents John Bull's music on a 1668 Neapolitan virginal as well as Bach's keyboard transcriptions of both his own and Vivaldi's violin pieces on a 1772 double-manual Kirckman harpsichord.

Dominika is a Polish pianist with a passion for historical keyboard instruments. She is currently studying fortepiano with Geoffrey Govier at The Royal College of Music, London where she is a Charles Colt Scholar. Before, she studied piano with Andrzej Jasiński, fortepiano with Katarzyna Drogosz and harpsichord with Marcin Świątkiewicz at The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice.

Dominika was a semi-finalist of the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Brugge, as well as a laureate of VII International Music Competition in Citta’ di Filadelfia (Italy) and XV International Juliusz Zarębski Music Competition (Poland). As a soloist and continuo player she has performed with The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Academic Baroque Orchestra of Academy of Music in Katowice and Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra. Not only is she an experienced performer herself, but she also popularises an idea of historical performance in her country, being involved in organising The Basso Continuo Competition in Katowice as well as publishing articles in music periodicals.

Thursday 10 October – Performance by August Guan on the square piano

August Guan studied conducting at the Central Conservatoire in Beijing, China where he graduated with a distinction and co-established the conservatoire's early music centre.

After studying historical theories with Peter Allsop he went to Wales to study early keyboard instruments with David Ponsford, Andrew Wilson-Dickson, and Gary Cooper. He gained his MMus at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, co-founded the Tomkins Consort, and is now completing his PhD in eighteenth-century English keyboard transcriptions at Cardiff University.

August has given many recitals on the harpsichord, virginals, clavichord, and on historic organs, across Eurasia – from Belfast and Brecon, to Bamberg and Beijing. With the Tomkins Concert, he gave periodical concert cycles at the Welsh National Museum, Cardiff. His performance has received praises not only from the audience but also from colleague musicians and musicologists, including conductor Anthony Negus, harpsichordist David Chung and musicologist Yo Tomita.

Music for square piano by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Jacques Duphly, and Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier.

Thursday 17 October – Performance by Dominika Maszczyńska on the square piano

Dominika Maszczyńska will take her audience on a musical journey evoking the spirit of 18th century Vienna. The programme will include Mozart's variations on "Salve tu domine" by one of the most prominent opera composers of the late 18th century, Giovanni Paisiello and Sonata G major Hob. XVI:40 by Joseph Haydn as well as a few charming pieces from opus 33 by Beethoven.  

Dominika is a Polish pianist with a passion for historical keyboard instruments. She is currently studying fortepiano with Geoffrey Govier at The Royal College of Music, London where she is a Charles Colt Scholar. Before this, she studied piano with Andrzej Jasiński, fortepiano with Katarzyna Drogosz and harpsichord with Marcin Świątkiewicz at The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice.

Dominika was a semi-finalist of the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Brugge, as well as a laureate of VII International Music Competition in Citta’ di Filadelfia (Italy) and XV International Juliusz Zarębski Music Competition (Poland). As a soloist and continuo player she has performed with The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Academic Baroque Orchestra of Academy of Music in Katowice and Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra. Not only is she an experienced performer herself, but she also popularises an idea of historical performance in her country, being involved in organising The Basso Continuo Competition in Katowice as well as publishing articles in music periodicals.

Thursday 24 October – Performance by Ibrahim aziz (viola da gamba) and Katarzyna Kowalik (square piano)

Katarzyna Kowalik is a London based harpsichordist and early keyboard specialist of Polish origins.

She completed her Master Degree in Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (MPerf 2012) with Carole Cerasi, James Johnstone and Nicholas Parle, obtaining The City of London Corporation Award (2011) and Guildhall School Trust Award (2010). She was also awarded a prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship in both 2012 and 2013. Katarzyna mastered her skills in the Piccola Accademia in Montisi studying with Christophe Rousset (2012) and Skip Sempé (2015 in Utrecht, 2017 in Paris), as well as with Ilton Wjuniski at the Académie Musicale de Villecroze (2011).

Katarzyna is a director of the Royal Baroque ensemble, who were highly commended in the final of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (2015) and who perform internationally. In 2015 Katarzyna was a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme. She also won a Basso Continuo Prize at the ‘Gianni Gambi’ Competition in Pesaro (Italy). Katarzyna’s CDs include ‘Forgotten Vienna’ with The Amadè Players (Resonus Classics 2015), Meilyr Jones’s album ‘2013’ as well as ‘French Collection’ solo harpsichord CD (2018). She has also recorded for BBC Radio 1. Katarzyna works as a harpsichord and basso continuo teacher at Morley College in London.

Described by the American Record Guide as a player whose “fine tone and technique” are coupled with “feeling and power", Ibrahim Aziz stands out amongst his peers as someone whose career is acknowledged at a truly international level.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ibrahim studied the viola da gamba in London and has since made it his home while touring and performing with some of the finest consorts and ensembles in the UK. Ibrahim regularly collaborates with many distinguished personalities, such as soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, composer Ilan Eshkeri, as well as natural historian Sir David Attenborough and actor Geoffrey Palmer who have also been included in his past performances. Ibrahim has performed before HRH Prince Charles at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, taken part in the BBC Proms with The Rose Consort of Viols, and played on numerous occasions at the Wigmore Hall in London, the last being part of Chelys Consort of Viols in Emma Kirkby's 70th birthday celebrations.

In South East Asia he has played in the George Town Festival Penang with the Wicked Music People, and with the same group performed in the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur. Ibrahim's solo CD, "Risonanze" was recently released on First Hand Records to critical acclaim ("a recording to be reckoned with") and is now available worldwide on all online digital platforms, in addition to over a dozen other CDs with other groups and ensembles.

Thursday 31 October – Performance by Dušan Toroman on the virginals

Dušan Toroman received a graduate degree in piano performance in his native Serbia.

An interest in historical keyboard instruments brought him to Italy, where he studied fortepiano with Stefano Fiuzzi at the Imola Piano Academy and harpsichord with Maria Luisa Baldassari at the Conservatory “Gioacchino Rossini” in Pesaro. For many years he enjoyed the guidance of musicologist and harpsichordist Emilia Fadini, while also attending masterclasses by musicians such as Enrico Baiano, Ottavio Dantone, Sergio Ciomei, and Malcolm Bilson.

Winner of the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition (London), Tournoi International de Musique (Paris) and Concorso Internazionale Wanda Landowska (Ruvo di Puglia), Dušan maintains a lively concert activity that has brought him to France, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia. Due to his long-standing interest in vocal music, he has worked extensively as an accompanist and currently holds a position at the singing department of the Faculty of Arts in Kragujevac. He also works for the Belgrade Baroque Academy led by contralto Marijana Mijanović and conductor Predrag Gosta.

For this recital, Dušan will perform pieces by William Byrd, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Girolamo Frescobaldi and Bernardo Storace.

Thursday 7 November – Performance by Róza Bene on the harpsichord

Based in the UK since 2015, harpsichordist Róza Bene often performs a wide range of Early Music. She gives solo recitals, plays chamber music concerts in the West Midlands and in Hungary as well.

Her favourite repertoire is English music from early baroque period, however last year she was working on a French programme, focusing on the 350th anniversary of Francois Couperin.

Róza was born in Budapest and after ten years of piano playing, she started to change her musical direction to Early Keyboards. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Franz Liszt Academy in 2015, then received a scholarship from Birmingham Conservatoire. In parallel with her UK studies with Robin Bigwood, Martin Perkins and Steven Devine, she finished her Master studies in Budapest under Borbála Dobozy, Ágnes Ratkó, Miklós Spányi, and graduated with highest honours as a performing artist of harpsichord.

During her studies she took part in several masterclasses and worked with renowned musicians such as: Laurence Cummings, Bernhard Klapprott, Gordon Murray, Ketil Haugsand, and Carole Cerasi. Róza is currently working at the Conservatoire as early-music accompanist, often playing in different orchestras in both countries and accompanies early music singers in Andrew King’s class. She frequently cooperates with academics, taking part in symposia and conferences through the country. In addition, Róza also won numerous prizes in the past two years, like the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, Town Hall-Symphony Hall Prize and Leamington Earlymusic Prize, giving recitals in Birmingham, Warwick, and in Budapest as a soloist of the 27th Bach Festival of the city.

Thursday 14 November – Performance by Marylin Harper on the organ

Following full-time music education in Manchester, Liverpool and at Girton College Cambridge, where she was Organ Scholar, Marilyn Harper pursues a busy career principally as a teacher of organ, piano and musical theory, who gives organ recitals and demonstrations at Christ’s Chapel Dulwich where she has been Organist for almost 20 years.

Marilyn is also Director of Music at St Augustine’s, Honor Oak Park. She is an accredited teacher of the Royal College of Organists and also works at James Allen’s Girls’ School, also in Dulwich. She has played in many venues in the UK and Europe as a recitalist and organ accompanist. Her special musical interests lie with early music, principally Holland, North Germany and England. 

Thursday 21 November – Performance by Linda Nicholson on the harpsichord

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 a soloist in recitals and concertos, and as a chamber music player.

Linda 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, concertmaster 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.