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Thu 27th May 2010
Boughton House launches music project

At 6pm on Saturday 29th May, 2010, Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch are hosting a concert to launch The Montagu Music Collection and inaugurate the new Boughton Harpsichord.

Distinguished American harpsichordist Maggie Cole and internationally acclaimed pianist Melvyn Tan will pay a repetoire of pieces to bring this exceptional collection of music back to life.

The Montagu Music Collection has lain unregarded since being assembled during the 18th Century. Countless precious volumes of music have emerged and, whilst some date from as early as 1590, the major part reflects the musical tastes of the Montagu family. Lady Elizabeth, the Montagu heiress who became the Duchess of Buccleuch was a great opera lover, whilst her grandfather had been a patron of Handel and was closely involved with the creation of his Music for the Royal Fireworks in 1749. Here is a unique survivor from the 18th century, a deeply personal collection of music, which is not only a rare window onto the private entertainment world of one family, but also a microcosm of London theatre and concert life.

The present Duke and Duchess have decided to breathe life back into their family music with concerts, exhibitions and other events. To launch this ongoing project they have commissioned a new harpsichord from one of today’s most eminent makers, Andrew Garlick. It is an exact copy of the type of instrument Duchess Elizabeth would have had in the 1760’s in her music room at Montagu House in London.

Maggie Cole "A graceful, vital musician with an elegant technique and a razor-sharp feeling for phrasing and accent”. New York Times

Melvyn Tan “A staggering performance. Few standing ovations have been so richly deserved” The Guardian

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