The Workshop Series began in 1991 under the artistic direction of Paul Simmonds and Marianne Mezger, assisted by Malcolm Rose and Karin Richter. The first concert was given by Paul and Marianne as Duo Basiliensis, on 14th September 1991.
A further 94 concerts took place up to 2008, with performers ranging from newly qualified professionals through to well-established figures in the early music world. The clavichord recital given by Gustav Leonhardt on 24th April 1999 will be remembered by many as a particular high point. A memorable concert given by Derek Adlam on 5th February 1994 gave the impetus for the formation of the British Clavichord Society. A full list of performers can be found below.
In 2008 artistic directorship passed to Robin Bigwood and Annabel Knight, and in 2015 to Alison Bury and Dick Earle.
The ‘early music’ focus remains the same, with unusual and historical instruments given a warm welcome. There have been concerts featuring, for example, the mandolin, dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, musette, flageolet, pantalon clavichord, clavicytherium, anglo concertina and viola d’amore. Also, the workshop’s prime function, that of a harpsichord and clavichord making workshop, has allowed artists to utilise a number of newly-restored original keyboards instruments, as well as expertly-constructed reproductions.
Menno van Delft
Duo al Dente
David Owen Norris
Alison Bury & Maggie Cole
Charme du Hautbois
Steven Devine & Kate Semmens
Dan Laurin & Anna Paradiso
Jennifer Morsches & Robin Bigwood
Naomi Okuda & Howard Beach
Alessandra Testai & Robin Jeffrey