This is the inside of St Oswald’s, Lythe, where I’ll be recording a programme of Haydn Piano Sonatas on a new instrument by Johannes Secker (who lives and works just a couple of hundred yards up the hill from the church). Johannes’s instruments are to be found on both sides of the Atlantic (including Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and the Music Department at The University of Cardiff). Yet I don’t think his work is valued as highly as it ought to be. My CD of Haydn aims to show what a superb craftsman he is. The instrument I’ll be playing (shown above) is a copy of a Stein from the 1780s (completed in 2011) and is wonderfully well-suited to Haydn. Given the acoustic of this special Norman church (substantially rebuilt in the 19th and early 20th centuries), the quality of the piano, the fantastic support I’ll receive from the Producer (Jane Booth) , the Recording Engineer (Roy Mowat) and Johannes himself (who is tuning and generally tending the piano throughout), it should be OK!

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