Two harpsichords concert and CNM workshop at Fitzwilliam Auditorium, 15 October 2017

On Sunday 15 Oct, Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar are presenting a workshop of new works and works in progress for two harpsichords, at 4pm in Fitzwilliam College Auditorium, Storey’s Way, Cambridge. The session will include music by Mark Bellis, Colin Blundell, Philip Joy, Jenni Pinnock, Stephen Watkins, Ian Wilson and others. Prior to this,Continue reading “Two harpsichords concert and CNM workshop at Fitzwilliam Auditorium, 15 October 2017”

CNM season 2017: recital in Colchester and workshop in Cambridge

We can now announce two exciting CNM public events which will be taking place in 2017: Recital: The Pale Enchanted Gold 3pm, Saturday 17 June 2017, Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TT; tickets TBC A summer afternoon recital by Tim Torry (baritone), Alan Bullard (piano) and Charles Hine (clarinet). The programme willContinue reading “CNM season 2017: recital in Colchester and workshop in Cambridge”

Notes from workshop on composing for harpsichord and recorder quartet, 20 October 2015

Introduction Despite the long histories of harpsichords and recorders, there is, strangely, no existing published repertoire for recorder quartet with harpsichord. This is all the more surprising considering that the complementary properties of the instruments lead to a compelling combination: the sweetness and coolness of the recorder, with the bright, clean sound of the harpsichord.Continue reading “Notes from workshop on composing for harpsichord and recorder quartet, 20 October 2015”

Some thoughts on writing for harpsichord in contemporary and non-traditional styles, by Stephen Watkins

Recently I have been involved with ‘Colchester New Music’ in a call for scores to encourage composers to write pieces for recorder quartet and harpsichord. I play in a newly formed virtuoso recorder quartet called ‘Dulcis Venti’ and we are very keen to extend the range of music which is available to us. I haveContinue reading “Some thoughts on writing for harpsichord in contemporary and non-traditional styles, by Stephen Watkins”

Workshop on composing for recorder quartet and harpsichord: 20th October 2015

Harpsichordist Francis Knights and the Dulcis Venti recorder quartet led by Stephen Watkins will be presenting a composing workshop from 12-2pm (note start time) on Tuesday 20th October at the Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3LL. Tickets on the door £5 (cash only) or free for current Institute students and staff, andContinue reading “Workshop on composing for recorder quartet and harpsichord: 20th October 2015”