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Since its first meetings in 1994, the British Clavichord Society has included a clavichord recital in all its events. Members (and the public) have heard some exceptionally fine music-making, ranging from the earliest centuries of keyboard repertoire through to Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, then from Herbert Howells and Bartok to Stephen Dodgson and Gary Carpenter in the twentieth and twenty-first century, played on both modern and historic clavichords.

Many performers have played for the society or are scheduled to do so: Derek Adlam (the society’s president), Susan Alexander-Max, Steve Barrell, Andrew Benson-Wilson, Bernard Brauchli, John Butt, Carole Cerasi, Terence Charlston, Neil Coleman, John Cranmer, Steven Devine, Andreas Erismann, Sally Fortino, Bruce Glenny, Pierre Goy, David Griffel, Alfred Gross, Siebe Henstra, Jacob Heringman, John Kitchen, Francis Knights, Gustav Leonhardt, Byron Mahoney, Linda Nicholson, Anthony Noble, Julian Perkins, Virginia Pleasants, Timothy Roberts, Micaela Schmitz, Paul Simmonds, Miklos Spanyi, Joel Speerstra, Peter Sykes, Colin Tilney, Kasia Tomczak-Feltrin, Menno van Delft, Geoffrey Webber and Ilton Wjuniski.

Conferences, lecture-recitals, informal workshops and visits to instrument collections and clavichord-makers are another important part of our programme. We have held five highly successful clavichord weekends at the Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments in Edinburgh; and events linking recitals and talks have taken place in Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Haslemere, Lewes, London, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

In line with our aim to share the pleasures of the clavichord more widely, we visit exhibitions and organize educational events to introduce the clavichord to students, young people and other musicians as well as BCS members and the general public. We plan to expand this programme, and suggestions for events and activities are always welcome.


updated 17 january 2014