Saturday, 29 September 2007

Piccola Accademia comes to London

Dear Friends,

Following the success of our Montisi Festival this summer and our very well-attended harpsichord and ensemble master classes, we are preparing to bring a slice of Montisi to London on Tuesday, November 20th at 7.30pm at St George’s Hanover Square. As a part of the London Bach Society ‘Bachfest’, our programme will include four harpsichords and four harpsichordists (the cream of our students from the summer master classes, hailing from Poland, Finland, Russia and Israel—including two Bruges prize winners and a Bach Leipzig prize winner). The programme will be led and narrated by acclaimed harpsichordist/conductor Laurence Cummings, who, along with historic strings and noted music journalist Warwick Thompson, will take us on an entertaining journey around Europe with the harpsichord, highlighting differences in national style and influences, with a special emphasis on JS BACH. The programme will include:

First movement Concerto in C major for two harpsichords
Prelude non mesure in A minor
The Hunt
Toccata Quarta from il primo libro
Allemande pour deux clavecins from 9ieme ordre
Sonata in E minor
Air and variations
Brandenburg V

The programme is intended to entertain, educate a bit, and—most importantly—showcase our Piccola Accademia students.

Tickets for the general public for the concert will be available by phone from the London Bach Society at £18 and £12 (£5 for students) on (01883) 717372 or visit However, we hope you’ll consider a special Premium Pass that also includes a Champagne Reception And Patrons’ Dinner at the Savile Club on Brook St (a 3 minute walk from Hanover Square) starting immediately after the concert at 9.00pm. Passes are £120 each (including the concert), with proceeds and any other donations made on the evening to go towards support of our 2008 master class season. We hope that 60 people will join us for this event, which will afford an opportunity to discuss with students their experiences in Montisi, meet the makers of the four instruments and also meet some of our team members. The Premium Pass can be purchased by a cheque to the British Friends of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi (UK Reg. Charity 1118026). More information can be found on our website at

I would appreciate your forwarding this to friends who are interested in early music. We are building a wide support group and this is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people in a wonderful setting.

Betty Thayer
Trustee, UK Friends of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi