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Next Concerts

Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm

St.Mary's Church, Easington, Co.Durham

A NEW PIANOFORTE FOR JANE

music from Jane Austen's collection and contemporary sources with short readings placing the music in context

information: music.ph@btinternet.com


Friday 6th September at 7.30pm

The Hearth Arts Centre, Horsley, nr. Corbridge, Northumberland

A NEW PIANOFORTE FOR JANE

music from Jane Austen's collection and contemporary sources with short readings placing the music in context

information: music.ph@btinternet.com


Saturday 7th September at 3pm

St.Clements Hall, York

A NEW PIANOFORTE FOR JANE

tickets £10 from:

m.joice@btinternet.com

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A New Pianoforte for Jane

In a letter to her sister Cassandra in December 1808 Jane Austen wrote

‘Yes, yes, we will have a pianoforte, as good a one as can be got for thirty guineas, and I will practise country dances, that we may have some amusement for our nephews and nieces, when we have the pleasure of their company’.

With the recent acquisition of a fine Longman & Broderip square piano of 1789 Concert Royal’s musicians now play three matched historic English instruments perfectly suited to the recreation of the musical sound world of Jane Austen. Jane was a keen amateur musician with a large collection of music. Peter Harrison, Concert Royal’s director, was given unique access to her archive and our new programme features music drawn both from the collection and from related contemporary sources. Brief extracts from letters and novels provide a fascinating glimpse into Jane Austen's musical world.