BRISTOL EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Saturday May 8th 2021 at 11am

A tour of my workshop
Peter Barnes, harpsichord maker

followed by a live Zoom meeting with Peter at 11.30


A link to the video will appear here on Saturday morning, and will be available until May 14.

If you would like to take part in the Zoom meeting, and have not registered for our Zoom sessions, you can register here.

Photo of Peter Barnes

Many owners of early keyboard instruments in the South-West of England will be familiar with Peter′s work; one of his harpsichords featured in the instrument exhibition and a concert in the 2019 Festival.

In his video presentation Peter invites you into his Somerset workshop to see his work during April 2021. He will discuss the good and bad points of a number of varied keyboard instruments and show you a few of his repair, voicing and tuning techniques. This video will touch on many topics, and demonstrate just how much fun can be had working on other people's instruments! Most existing instruments are 90% ready to play, and Peter hopes to show you how to add that final 10%. We expect that this will be entertaining as well as informative.


Peter Barnes has been making and repairing harpsichords, spinets, virginals and clavichords since 1973. Learning from his father and visiting makers and players, Peter grew up surrounded by keyboard instruments, close to St Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh. Although Peter escaped briefly to teach in a special school in Somerset, he was drawn back into instrument repairs after buying a harpsichord advertised in the local newspaper.

Since that time he has gained a wealth of practical experience by working on other maker's instruments. He has also built instruments from kits and from scratch, but his primary focus remains on helping customers to maintain and utilise existing instruments.

Registered Charity No. 1187125.

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