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Reviving Baroque at Mottisfont Event

Red Room at Mottisfont
6 May 2018
Mottisfont Abbey Mottisfont Lane Romsey SO51 0LP

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Mottisfont Abbey on 01794 340757 .

Event details

Southampton University Baroque Ensemble will perform works by Telemann, Rameau, Couperin and other 18th century composers in the Red Room at Mottisfont.

In partnership with the National Trust and as part of the ‘Making of the Modern Harpsichord’ project, Turner Sims Fellow Jane Chapman (harpsichord) and students from Music at will perform at Mottisfont Abbey on 6 May.

Mottisfont was the family home of the influential harpsichord collector and advocate Raymond Russell, whose work had a decisive impact on the instrument’s 20th-century revival.   The harpsichord to be used for the concert, which is currently in residence at Mottisfont, is a single manual instrument made by Michael Johnson. It is featured as an homage to Raymond Russell’s favourite instrument - the Goermann’s Taskin harpsichord – which was kept at the property before eventually becoming part of the Raymond Russell collection of early keyboard instruments at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh. Michael Johnson’s career has been strongly influenced by a visit he made to Mottisfont in the early 1970’s to take measurements from this now world famous harpsichord.

Michael Johnson Harpsichord in the Red Room at Mottisfont
Michael Johnson Harpsichord in the Red Room at Mottisfont
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