Forthcoming Events

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Saturday, 22 April

10.00am–5.00pm. The Workshop, 120 Kendal Way, Cambridge CB4 1LT

Clavichord workshop and masterclass, led by Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar

Designed for students and amateurs. For more information, or to book a place, visit

Sunday, 14 May

2.30–3.30pm. Long Room, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge CB3 0DF

Francis Knights (clavichord)

Fantasias by Mozart and Bach’s sons. Admission free. Contact Dr Chloe Valenti, Director of Music, Murray Edwards College,

Tuesday, 16 May

1.00–1.45pm. Bate Collection, Faculty of Music, Oxford OX1 1DB

Recital by Francis Knights playing the 1743 Hass clavichord

Admission free. Information:

21–30 May

Kuopio, Finlnd

Sixth Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival

For more information, email

Thursday to Sunday, 25–28 May

Kirche St. Katharinen, Probsteierhagen (near Kiel), Germany

43rd Clavichordtage of the German Clavichord Society

For information see

Friday, 2 June

4–5pm. Gayle Mill, near Hawes, Yorkshire

Clavichord recital by Julian Perkins

The programme includes works by Byrd, Froberger, Scarlatti, Herbert Howells, Stephen Dodgson and J. S. Bach. Part of the Swaledale Festival. Booking now open on

Sunday, 11 June

7 pm. Great Hall of the Archbishop’s Palace, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire NG25 0HD

Clavichord recital by Douglas Hollick

Music by C. P. E. Bach, Jiri Benda and Haydn played on Douglas Hollick’s own 1909 Chickering-Dolmetsch clavichord, based on an original of 1784 by Hoffmann. Admission is free (no reservations; retiring collection). For further information contact or Douglas Hollick

Saturday, 17 June A BCS event

4pm. Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Clavichord recital by Marcia Hadjimarkos

Music by J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach and Haydn. Admission free (retiring collection). Preceded at 2.15 by the 22nd BCS AGM; papers will be sent to paid-up members of the BCS in May.

Sunday, 25 June

2.30pm. Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Telemann 250th Anniversary Festival: Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar (harpsichord, clavichord and organ)

Keyboard music by Telemann on the anniversary of his death; information to follow on

Tuesday to Saturday, 25–29 July

Lythe, North Yorkshire, YO21 3RW

Lythe Chamber Music course (including clavichord tuition)

For information visit or email

Thursday to Friday, 10–18 August

Magnano (Biella), Italy

Musica Antica a Magnano courses

Tutors include Bernard Brauchli (clavichord and fortepiano) and Georges Kiss (harpsichord). Visit

Sunday, 11 November

2pm. New Music Room, St John’s College, Cambridge

Howells 125th Anniversary Recital

Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar will perform the complete clavichord music of Herbert Howells. Details:



Saturday, 18th March

7.30pm. The Workshop, English Passage, Lewes, BN7 2AP

Clavichord Recital by Paul Simmonds

Part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Lewes Workshop Series, which Paul Simmonds helped to found in 1991.

Sunday, 12th February

7.30pm. Richard King Room, Darwin College, Cambridge CB3 9EU

Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar (clavichords)

Duets by C. P. E. and W. F. Bach and J. G. Müthel.

Thursday, 26th January Supported by the BCS

7–8pm. Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT

Clavichord Lecture-Recital by Steven Devine

Details on

Tuesday, 10th January 2017 A BCS/British Harpsichord Society joint event

6.30pm. Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

Marie van Rhijn, clavichord and harpsichord

Works by Dieupart, Stephen Dodgson, Ligeti and Scarlatti.

Saturday, 19th November 2016 A BCS event

Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667): a celebration.

A day of recitals, given by Benjamin Narvey, lute (12-1pm), Adrian Lenthall, clavichords (2.30-3.30pm), and Thomas Foster, harpsichord and chamber organ (4-5.30pm).

Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th November

Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road,London SE3 9RQ

Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition.

Saturday, 10th September

Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Storey‘s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DG

Froberger 400th Anniversary Festival

Four concerts given by Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar (harpsichord, clavichord and organ), and the Cambridge Renaissance Ensemble.

Saturday, 30th July

Ryedale Festival, North Yorkshire.

Clavichord recital by Julian Perkins

Saturday 30th July to Saturday 6th August

Dartington International Summer School, Totnes, Devon.

Clavichord and harpsichord course. Carole Cerasi.

Saturday, 9 July 2016 A BCS event

4pm Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Clavichord recital by Terence Charlston.

Music by J. S. Bach and three ‘2016 anniversarians’: Johann Heinrich Buttstett (1666–1727), Josef Seger (1716–1782) and Johann Heinrich Rolle (1716–1785). Preceded at 2.15pm by the 21st BCS AGM.

Friday 13th May

7.30pm St Mary Magdalene, Geddington, Northamptonshire.

Clavichord Recital by Julian Perkins.

Friday, 29 April to Monday 2nd May

Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent.

Pre-auction viewing of the collections.

Public viewing at Finchcocks closed after 2nd May. Catalogues and details available at

Saturday-Sunday, 19–20 March

Wolfson College and Jesus College Cambridge

Cambridge Keyboard Festival with clavichord recital by Francis Knights

Tuesday, 2 February

6.30pm Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

Clavichord and Harpsichord recital by Steven Devine.

Friday, 29 January 2016 A BCS event

7.30pm United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5RP

Clavichord recital by Julian Perkins.

Works by Domenico Scarlatti and W. F. Bach.

Friday, 11 December 2015

6pm Museum, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

Mersenne’s Clavichord, with Terence Charlston and Peter Bavington.

Sunday, 29th November 2015

2pm BBC Radio 3

Early Music Show featuring Linda Nicholson's BCS Recital

Saturday, 3 October 2015 A BCS event

3 pm Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Clavichord and tangent piano recital by Linda Nicholson

The distinguished keyboard player Linda Nicholson played a Hass clavichord made in 1767 and a tangent piano (Tangentenflügel) made in c. 1779. Her programme included works by Handel, Haydn and Mozart.

Sunday, 27 September

4 pm The Workshop, Lewes

Clavichord concert by Marcia Hadjimarkos

1–5 September 2015 (Tuesday–Saturday)

Magnano (Biella), Italy

Twelfth International Clavichord Symposium

For details follow the Symposium link on the Musica Antiqua Magnano page

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

7.30 pm. Bristol Music Club, 76 St. Paul‘s Road, Bristol BS8 1LP,

A programme of chansons from Janequin to Ravel

The programme included two short groups of keyboard pieces played by David Griffel on clavichord: chanson settings by Cavazzoni, Hernando de Cabezon and Peter Phillips, and music by Louis Couperin, Rameau and Corrette.

Saturday, 27 June 2015 A BCS event

Napier Hall, Hide Place, near Vincent Square, London SW1P 4NJ

Free clavichord recital by Derek Adlam (4 pm), preceded by the 20th BCS AGM (2.15 pm)

A rare opportunity to hear the distinguished musician and instrument-maker Derek Adlam giving a recital in London.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Frederikstad, Norway

Pedal-clavichord concert with Joel Speerstra.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 A BCS/British Harpsichord Society joint event

6.30 pm Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

John Henry, clavichord and harpsichord

Monday, 26 January 2015 (postponed from 15 December 2014)

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Performing lost repertoires

Seventeenth-century French keyboard music from the perspective of Mersenne’s 1636 clavichord. Speaker: Terence Charlston. With illustrations performed on a reconstruction of Mersenne’s clavichord by Peter Bavington. This seminar was one of a series promoted by the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) in association with the Institute for Musical Research (IMR).
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Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 November

Faculty of Music, Oxford

C. P. E. Bach Tercentenary Conference

Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 November

Greenwich, London

International Early Music Festival and Exhibition

Saturday, 1 November. A BCS event

3 pm Art Workers Guild, London

Clavichord recital by Miklós Spányi

The distinguished keyboard player and C. P. E. Bach scholar Miklós Spányi played a recital of works by C. P. E. Bach himself and some of his followers.

Thursday, 30 October.

Royal College of Music Museum, London

Lecture-recital by Miklós Spányi

Monday, 27 October.

St Gregory's Centre for Music, Canterbury

Clavichord Recital by Julian Perkins

Wednesday 13 - Friday 22 August

Kuopio, Finland

Third Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival

Thursday 7 - Friday 15 August

Piedmont, Italy

Corsi di Musica Antica a Magnano

Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 August

Parador de Mojácar, Amería, Spain

Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music


Sunday 6 - Saturday 12 July

Cluny, France

Clavichord Course

Led by Marcia Hadjimarkos

Saturday, 28 June. A BCS event

4pm Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Clavichord recital by Paul Simmonds (preceded at 2pm by the 20th-anniversary AGM of the BCS)

The programme included works by C. P. E. Bach, Kuhnau and Zinck.

Thursday, 26 June.

12 noon Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, near Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT

Recital by Ashley Solomon (flute) and Terence Charlston (clavichord)

Friday, 23 May

7:30 - 9 pm Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath BA1 1NG

Peter Sykes. Clavichord Recital

Wednesday, 21 May

12 noon Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, near Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT

Clavichord recital by Peter Sykes

Works by J. S. and C. P. E. Bach, Beethoven and Türk played on the Cobbe Collection's Hoffmann clavichord of 1784.

Friday, 25th April

7.00 pm Cadogan Hall, London

Jailal Academy Of Music and Jan Gorjanc present East To West

The Jailal Academy of music presented an evening of Indian classical music, including the premiere of Jan Gorjanc’s opera, APAXNH with Julien van Mellaerts, baritone, Lisa Hilditch, clavichord and Students from Royal College of Music. See What's on, Cadogan Hall

Saturday, 29 March. A BCS event

3pm Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AR

Clavichord recital by Julian Perkins

The programme included music by J. S. Bach, C.P. E. Bach, and the late Stephen Dodgson, whose Clavichord Suites were recorded by Julian in 2009.

Wednesday 12th February

8 pm Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN

Music from the Court of Frederick The Great: A CPE Bach Tercentenary Concert

Fatima Lahham (recorder) and David Gerrard (harpsichord and clavichord) performed music connected to the Prussian Court.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 A BHS / BCS event

6.30pm Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

Carole Cerasi, clavichord and harpsichord recital.

In conjunction with the British Harpsichord Society and the Handel House Museum. Rondos, fantasias and sonatas from C. P. E. Bach's extraordinary output, demonstrating why, in his lifetime, he enjoyed greater celebrity than his Cantor father, J. S. Bach. An unusual opportunity to hear these works on both harpsichord and clavichord, the Empfindsamkeit instrument par excellence, in the ideal setting of the Handel House.

Saturday, 1 February

7.30pm The Workshop, English Passage, Lewes BN7 2AP

Clavichord and harpsichord recital by Aapo Häkkinen

Works by C. P. E. Bach and J. S. Bach.

Friday, 24th January

1:10 pm St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

David Gerrard – Lunchtime Recital

Louis Couperin, Fischer, and CPE Bach, played on the 1709 Barton harpsichord and the 1896 Dolmetsch clavichord.

Mondays, 6th January, 3rd February and 3rd March.

1.40 - 2 pm Room 1, Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Clavichord recitals by Federico Truffi

A new series of recitals of late fourteenth-century and early fifteenth-century Italian music. Free to Courtauld Gallery visitors (admission charge); for details visit

Friday, 13 September 2013

Fenton House, London, NW3 6RT

Clavichord Celebratory Day, with masterclass and recital by Terence Charlston.

Celebrating the restoration of the 1925 Dolmetsch clavichord in the Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments.

4–7 September 2013 (Wednesday–Saturday)

Magnano, Italy

Eleventh International Clavichord Symposium

For details follow the Symposium link on the Musica Antiqua Magnano page

Monday–Friday, 19–23 August

Cambridge, Hillingdon (Norfolk) and London

International Organ School

Wednesday–Friday, 14–23 August

Kuopio, Finland

Second Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival

Friday–Sunday, 2–11 August

Bruges, Belgium Bruges, Belgium

International Festival of Early Music

Thursday–Monday, 25–29 July

Bate Collection, Oxford

Conference on Musical Instruments

Friday–Sunday, 19–21 July


Second International Conference on Historical Keyboard Music

Monday 1 July

Room 1, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Medieval Music performed by Federico Truffi

Saturday, 22 June 2013 A BCS event

4 pm Napier Hall, Hide Place, Vincent Square, London SW1P 4NJ (close to Victoria Station)

Clavichord recital by Steven Devine (preceded at 2.15 by the 2013 BCS AGM)

Admission free (donations invited). The recital included works by Frescobaldi, Froberger, Weckmann, Buxtehude and J. S. Bach (the Fifth French Suite), played on two clavichords based on historical models from the 17th and 18th centuries.

25–28 April 2013


DCS 20th Anniversary Clavichord Festival

Artists: Anne Galowich, Sally Fortino, Suzana Mendes, Gerald Hambitzer, Alfred Gross, Nicole Schwindt
18th century unpublished keyboard music
Early keyboard music in Spain and Portugal
Development of keyboard music under the reign of Maximilian I (1459 - 1519)
Clavichord music in the 20th century
Historical keyboard instruments in the Hansjosten Collection
Excursion to Organs of Johann Michael Stumm (1683 - 1747)

Saturday, 27 April 2013 A BCS event

3 pm Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Clavichord recital by Carole Cerasi

A programme of expressive eighteenth-century music, featuring fantasias by C. P. E. Bach, W. F. Bach, Haydn and Mozart, variations by Müthel and Haydn, and the Sonata in C minor (Hob. XVI/20) by Haydn.

Sunday 14th October 2012

16.00 The Workshop, Lewes

Julian Perkins, Clavichord Recital

30th September 2012

12.00 noon St Mary's School, Bateman Street, Cambridge

Julian Perkins , Clavichord Recital

Cambridge Early Music

Saturday - Sunday 29-30 September 2012

11 am Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1HH

Finchcocks Festival open weekend events, including a clavichord recital by Derek Adlam on Sunday at 11 am, sponsored by the BCS

Friday - Sunday 28-30 September 2012

Maison des Voûtes, Souvigny, Allier, France

Clavichord workshop with Marcia Hadjimarkos: music of J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach, Mozart and Haydn

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Friday - Sunday 28-30 September 2012

Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands

Dutch Clavichord Society symposium: 'Extraordinary Clavichord Sounds"

30th August 2012

10.00 - 18.30 Utrecht or Cothen (to be decided).

Dutch Medieval Keyboard Meeting 2012

A meeting around keyboards in medieval style: positive organ, portative organ (organetto), clavisimbalum, clavichord, clavicytherium. With demonstrations of the instruments, lectures, musical presentations.

Wednesday - Friday, 15-24 August 2012

Kuopio, Finland.

Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival

27 June 2012 (Wednesday)

8pm Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham, Berks, RG40 1AS

Clavichord recital by Richard Smith

A programme of North European keyboard music.

23 June 2012 (Saturday) A BCS event

4pm Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Clavichord recital by Marcia Hadjimarkos

The recital followed the BCS 2012 Annual General Meeting..
The programme ranged from an English Suite by J. S. Bach (No. 2 in A minor) to John Cage's Suite for Toy Piano (1948), by way of a Mozart sonata (F major, KV300k), Romanian Folkdances by Bartók, and the Petite Suite for Clavichord by Philippe Forget, a prizewinning entry in the BCS 2004 Clavichord Composition Awards.

1–4 June 2012 ( Friday–Monday)

West Dean College, near Chichester

Performing 17th century music on the clavichord

A course taught by Paul Simmonds.

31 May 2012 (Thursday) An event sponsored by BCS

7.30 pm The Workshop, English's Passage, Lewes

The Musical Pleasure Garden: Keyboard Music from 17th Century Germany

A clavichord recital by Paul Simmonds

17–20 May 2012 (Thursday–Sunday)

Bad Köstritz, Germany

Part 4 of the German Clavichord Society’s J. S. Bach Festival

1 May, 2012 (Tuesday)

12 noon Hatchlands Park, near Guildford

Clavichord recital by Menno van Delft

28 April 2012 (Saturday) A BCS event

3pm Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 3AT

Recital by Linda Nicholson, playing 18th-century clavichords by Lundborg and Hass

13 March 2012 (Tuesday) A joint BCS/British Harpsichord Society event

6.30pm Handel House, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

Recital by Terence Charlston: "A Choice Collection": English clavichord and harpsichord music in the 17th century

Music by Blow, Byrd, Bryne, Draghi and Purcell, played on clavichord and harpsichord. Early booking essential.

9–11 March 2012

AMUZ, Antwerp

inPRIMETIME, a series of clavichord events.

Recitals by Spányi, Verhelst and Van Delft, and a public masterclass with Spányi.

5 March 2012 (Monday)

7pm Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1

Clavichord and fortepiano recital by Susan Alexander-Max

Banqueting House website

24 January 2012 (Tuesday)

7.30 pm Bristol Music Club

Concert including keyboard music and songs with clavichord.


11–13 November 2011 (Friday–Sunday)

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

International Early Music Festival and Exhibition

5 November 2011 (Saturday)

St Giles’ Church, Barbican, London

RCO London Organ Forum - the organist at home: exploring the pedal harpsichord

with Dalibor Miklavčič and John Kitchen.

30 October 2011 (Sunday)

4pm Concert-gallery Pianofort’ino, Basel, Switzerland

Clavichord recital by Sally Fortino: Clavichord music from Leipzig

30 October 2011 (Sunday)

5pm Abbey Church Schoenenwerd, Canton Solothurn, Switzerland

Clavichord recital by Paul Simmonds: Frische Clavier-Früchte: 17th-century German music

29 October 2011 (Saturday) A BCS event

2.15 and 4.15pm Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Robert Woolley playing Book 1 of Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Clavier complete in two separate recitals.

20 October 2011 (Thursday)

6.30-7.30pm Handel House, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

Perilous Toye (New compositions for solo amplified clavichord and ensemble with Olie Brice on Contrabass, Leon Michener on Clavichord and electronics, and ‘mystery guest’ vocalist. )

29 September 2011 (Thursday)

5.15 pm Museum of Instruments, The Royal College of Music

The poetic and musical origins of the German Lied

Songs by Gellert sung by Norbert Meyn and accompanied on the RCM Dolmetsch clavichord by Terence Charlston.

6-10 September 2011 (Tuesday - Saturday)

Magnano, Italy

Tenth International Clavichord Symposium.

Friday, 22 July 2011

3.30pm Palace Hotel, Palace Road, Buxton

Clavichord recital by Julian Perkins: Book 2 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

7 July 2011 (Thursday) A BCS event (for BCS members only).

2.30 - London SW4

Visit to Linda Nicholson’s instrument collection

Information about the collection.

1-3 July 2011 (Friday-Sunday)


Conference on Historical Keyboard Music

27 May 2011 (Friday)

7.45 - 8.45pm Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG

Free Clavichord recital by Peter Sykes.

25 May 2011 (Wednesday)

12.00 noon. Hatchlands Park

Clavichord recital by Peter Sykes.

21 May 2011 (Saturday) A BCS event. The recital is open to all, admission free.

2.15 and 4pm Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT


The 16th BCS AGM (2.15), followed at 4pm by a clavichord recital given by Peter Sykes.
J.S. Bach, W.F Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven.

12 March 2011 (Saturday)

7.30pm The Workshop, Lewes

Recital: German Music for the Clavichord by Miklós Spányi

8 February 2011 (Tuesday) A joint BCS and BHS event

6.30pm Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

Handel in the Attic

Julian Perkins, clavichord and harpsichord: A joint event with the British Harpsichord Society.

20 November 2010 (Saturday) A BCS event

2.15 - 5.30 Garden Room, Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA

A BCS Clavichord Afternoon

A recital by David Griffel of Spanish music from Cabezón to Cabanilles, preceded by an illustrated talk on clavichord recordings by Garry Broughton and an introduction to the recital by John Collins.

5 June 2010 (Saturday) A BCS event

4pm: Quaker Meeting House,43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Clavichord Recital by Susan Alexander-Max

The BCS AGM at 2.15pm was followed at 4pm by a clavichord recital, open to all, given by Susan Alexander-Max. The programme included J. S. Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A minor, and the Sixth Sonata, in C minor, from J. C. Bach’s Op. 5 set, which Susan Alexander-Max has just recorded for Naxos.

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updated 27 March 2017