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the Harpsichord across time and Borders

A multi-national project to produce new works for solo harpsichord, performing them alongside historical works, championing composers from each of England, Ireland and Scotland and focusing on female composers.

Image: Katarzyna Kowalik, our London-based harpsichordist. 

About the Inventions project


In each of the three countries, a harpsichord player is paired with a commissioned composer. They will work together to create works that are idiomatic for the instrument; all of the team are high-powered artists who are enjoying collaborating on the project.

In the autumn of 2024 there will be at least one concert in each country: we have already confirmed performances in Limerick, Aberdeen, Durham and London, with more to come. Each concert will showcase three new commissions - one from each country - together with a work that inspired or links with the commission. Alongside these, works by other composers from the three countries will be performed, and other works by female composers.

There is also an educational aspect to the project: it's not easy writing for the harpsichord! Each performer will give a composition workshop in their country, talking about the fantastic potential of the instrument, and how to get the best out of it, as well as the pitfalls of writing badly for it!

The project is currently in the organisation stage, with the team busy fixing concert dates and venues, and applying for funding.


Let us know if you are interested in attending one of the performances, or even hosting a concert... or perhaps you'd like to look at the scores of the new commissions after their premieres - or you might like to help with a donation towards a commission or performance! Do get in touch.

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