Rather a short issue this time as nobody has sent any reviews
of the Oxford baroque day or the recent Kilburn weekend with Michael
Procter. It's not too late.
Musically and socially Kilburn seemed very successful - a lot of people
took the trouble to tell me that they had enjoyed it and hoped we
would continue to run it. Unfortunately the church was just as freezing
as usual although the event was held one to two months later than
usual. I am told that the amount we give the church is nowhere
near enough to cover the cost of the heating, which presumably disappears
into the lofty spaces of the roof, so we shall have to decide whether
to increase the cost of the weekend quite considerably, take rugs
and winter clothes regardless of the time of year, or go somewhere
else. Views on this would be welcome. We always follow the Sunday
service with an optional lunch at Pizza Express, which most people
have. As it is rather a complicated business sorting out the bill,
I wonder whether it would be a good idea to ask them to supply a set
menu (say a choice of pizza, a share of a salad and a glass of wine
or other drink) for a fixed price. What do you think?
The unacknowledged list of quotations on the back of last month's
Tamesis was provided by David Fletcher, somewhat to the editor's surprise
(he added it at the printing stage). However I am always grateful
to receive short items for filling gaps, so if you have any favourite
quotations do send them and I will put them in when space allows.
This issue will contain the membership list - 330 names and
addresses in all. In spite of our interest in music of the past, the
electronic age has not passed us by: over 200 members have now given
us their e-mail addresses. Nearly half of our members play the recorder,
one fifth play the viol and more than two thirds sing. Once second
in popularity only to the recorder, the crumhorn is played by a mere
two dozen and thus occupies a position more commensurate with its
usage in renaissance times.
There will be no crumhorns at the Jeremy West workshop for renaissance
wind, but as many cornetts, sackbuts, curtals and recorders as we
can manage. Jeremy is a thoughtful, encouraging and very experienced
tutor, so please do sign up. This is one of two forthcoming small-scale
events for instrumentalists, the other being the Alison Crum day for
viols. The cost of these workshops is inevitably rather higher than
our usual ones but the smaller numbers will result in more focused
There are plans to run a series of small one-day workshops
on early Hispanic music, in Whitechapel starting this summer, date
to be announced. The first one is dedicated to the Pilgrimage to Santiago
de Compostela, and includes rehearsal, Spanish tapas and wine (£35
all inclusive, limited places). Carlos Fernandez Aransay,
the leader, is a London-based Spaniard who directs the London-based
Coro Cervantes. He recently ran an excellent Lacock-organised
week in Jimena. Anyone interested please contact Joan Roskelly on
020 8339 9379, or Carlos on 020 7366 6909
Tim Shelton has emailed to tell us about a Hampstead Music Club workshop
for singers and players on Purcell's Dioclesian on Saturday June 7th.
For more details phone 020 7485 4936.
News of Members' Activities
Several members of the Berkshire Recorder Consort including Director
Jane Minns are TVEMF members. Jane has sent me details
of their summer performances, which seem to provide opportunities
for food as well as music! On Saturday 21 June they are taking part
in the 800th Anniversary Celebration at St Botolph's, Swyncombe, near
Henley on Thames from the 3-4. This is a free event and refreshments
are available - tea and homemade cakes in the old stables. Contact:
Felicity Burrell 01491 641742 for further details.
On Sunday 22 June, they are playing Midsummer Music at St. Michaels
Church, Tilehurst, Berks from 3pm to 4pm, followed by a cream tea.
Contact: Joan Crossman, 0118 96165577
On Saturday 19th July, music al fresco at Greys Court, near Henley-on-Thames.
An evening performance by the BRC in the grounds of Greys Court at
7.45 pm (with other entertainment provided by the National Trust throughout
the evening, culminating in a firework display.) Details from the
National Trust at Greys Court: 01491 628529
They are also performing at Ibstone Horticultural Meeting on Saturday
2nd August 2003, in the early afternoon.
The British Harpsichord Society
The British Harpsichord Society
promotes the awareness, enjoyment, study, performance and ownership
of harpsichords and related plucked keyboard instruments in Britain.
Our aim is to create more public awareness, dispel negative myths
and get more people enjoying and playing the harpsichord.
Harpsichords, spinets and virginals are included. Pianos, fortepianos
and clavichords are not, but we are happy to point people to complementary
organisations such as the British Clavichord Society. It is intended
to complement many existing harpsichord resources and sources of information,
to be as comprehensive as possible.It is also intended to arrange
meetings, talks and concerts to bring together people interested in
harpsichords. All offers and suggestions gratefully received.
Who is it for?
Anyone with an interest or occupation related to the harpsichord.
Amateur or professional, music lover, performer, teacher, builder
or collector. The list is inclusive not exclusive. The British Harpsichord
Society membership list will not be published but we will be pleased
to be publicly associated with those members who so wish. Those on
the brink of an interest in harpsichords are welcome as are those
with a lifetime of skill and experience, and all others in between.
Those with much to offer will enrich the Society. One day some of
those who came with little to offer will take their places.
What will it cost?
Nothing. At first anyway. The aim is to make it entirely e-based.
In addition to the website, newsletters are sent out by email. All
this costs very little. Arranging harpsichord concerts and visits
involves some costs and some risks. Donations are very welcome. Initially
the Society will make no advertising charge for weblinks. In time,
modest charges may be introduced for advertising those who make their
living from the harpsichord. This will depend on the costs of actually
running the Society, which are to be kept to a minimum.