West London Buddhist Centre

Harpsichord recital on 6 October – programme announced!

Published on Sep 28th 2018, in News

Harpsichord - detailWLBC is very fortunate to be hosting, next Saturday (6 October), a harpsichord recital by Maggie Cole. Described by the New York Times as “a graceful, vital musician with an elegant technique and a razor-sharp feeling for phrasing and accent,” she is a keyboard player of international renown, and you might usually expect to hear her playing from the stage of a major concert venue. But WLBC is a smaller, more personal setting, and, appropriately enough, she’ll be introducing the music personally – a programme which shows the many facets of the instrument and its repertoire, from the 18th century (including J S Bach, D Scarlatti and Rameau) to contemporary work. It’s likely to appeal both to dyed-in-the-wool classical music fans and those interested in an accessible way to explore something new, and to people beyond the WLBC sangha, so booking is highly recommended.

Bodhilila, the Centre Chair, former professional musician and curator of the WLBC music programme, writes:
“How come the Beatles and Tori Amos use the harpsichord in some of their songs – among quite a number of other contemporary jazz and rock musicians? If you’ve only have come across it as a background instrument, accompanying something else, you may not have realised how its distinctive sound makes it such an interesting instrument in its own right. Yet it’s quite rare nowadays to hear solo performances on the harpsichord – even though this would have been the norm when the likes of Bach, Scarlatti and Rameau were alive: the music they wrote was intended to be played on the harpsichord rather than the modern piano, which had not yet been invented. So this Saturday’s harpsichord recital at WLBC (Saturday 6 October 7pm) is a really quite a special event. It’s being given by Maggie Cole, who is a world famous keyboard musician, performing all around the world on harpsichord, fortepiano and piano. She’ll be playing not only a mix of baroque music by Bach, Scarlatti and Rameau, but also works by more contemporary composers, Gavin Bryars and Haflidi Hallgrimsson, who make their own particular use of the instrument’s qualities. It’s likely to be popular – do book in advance if you’re thinking of coming.”

Recital by Maggie Cole:
Music for harpsichord old and new
Saturday 6 October 7pm
An evening of baroque and contemporary music performed by one of the foremost keyboard players in the world
£15 Full waged / £10 Part waged / £5 Unwaged
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