It’s always a real pleasure to play at Music in New Malden – a concert series in South West London now in its 8th series. There’s a large, knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience, and performers get the chance to talk to them afterwards about our instruments and musical enthusiasms.
Today (a concert in aid of the excellent charity, Music in Hospitals), I was playing in a programme of baroque recorder sonatas with James Brookmyre, and Jane Booth, in the unusual role of continuo bass on a ‘basson de chalumeau (effectively and early bass clarinet). This is, I think, only the second time Jane’s instrument (copied from an original of c.1710) has been heard in the UK. It is a wonderfully solid bass instrument.
My own contribution in the middle of the concert? Bach’s D minor French Suite, which I’ll be reprising on Wednesday evening, along with the 4th, and some fantasias and sonatas by Mozart and Haydn on a Clementi square piano, in Pesaro, at the Sala dei Marmi, following two days teaching at the Rossini Conservatoire.