Chelveston 2022

Sadly, our parties in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled owing to circumstances beyond our control.  But ever optimistic, the Village Hall has been booked for the 9th April 2022.  

A group of something over forty of us came together April 2019 for an enjoyable party - our third at Chelveston.  We assembled sixteen pianos, clavichords, virginals, and spinets, and we were entertained to some spirited playing by our volunteer musicians.  There were a couple of short talks, but mostly it was an opportunity to chat to each other, make friends, and enjoy numerous tea and lunch-breaks.  We had to cancel 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, but planning for Chelveston 2022 is well in hand.  The party will be on Saturday,  April 9th, with the Friday afternoon for setting up the instruments and tuning, and an evening meal at the Star & Garter for those who are staying overnight.   Details will be maintained on the this page of the website, including a provisional list of the instruments we will have. 


Lizzie Cooke and Chris Sansum playing a duet on spinets by Thomas Hitchcock (1735) and Edward Blunt (1704) at Chelveston 2019.  

Some of the instruments planned for 2020 -) watch this space for 2022.

Square Piano by Johannes Pohlman 

The unusual gravity-operated damper system from the Pohlman - the only example known

My favourite square piano, Broadwood 1787. 

Replica of a spinet by Thomas Barton, built  by Andy Durand.

Replica by David of a Ruckers 'muselaar' virginal  - hopefully to be completed by April! (N.B. it is complete - and also has a 'stepdaughter'

Clavichord by Mark Stevenson, c. 1980

Spinet after Thomas Hitchcock by Stephen Robinson

Original spinet by Thomas Haxby

Clavichord by Roger Murray

Replica by Malcolm Rose of the famous 1712 Keene & Brackley spinet (this is the original, seen during its recent restoration in Chelveston.)  

More to follow.

The papers presented at our 2017 Spinet Day are still available:

Harpsichords and Spinets shown at the In[...]
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The Spinets of the Hitchcock Dynasty - P[...]
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