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Raymond Russell, collector, harpsichordist, author, and the man behind the famous instrument collection.

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The London Consort of Viols, a semi-official BBC team

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Jos van Immerseel: The shock of the old

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt, a musical friendship of more than 60 years

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Balkan voices and medieval music in the work of Michael Morrow and Musica Reservata

Musica Reservata, led by Michael Morrow (1929-94), was an influential early music ensemble active in the 1960s and 70s with a repertoire that spanned from medieval to baroque. […]

A 1718 bass viol, a viola d’amore and a Kirkman harpsichord in regular concert use in 1906, and not a Dolmetsch in sight!

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A nineteenth-century harpsichord promoter, with a famous music collection, who had dealings with Arnold Dolmetsch, Part 2

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A nineteenth-century harpsichord promoter, with a famous music collection, who had dealings with Arnold Dolmetsch, Part 1

The library of T.W. Taphouse was very famous during his lifetime and his harpsichords were often used for concerts and exhibitions. His name is now forgotten, and it’s a tragedy that everything was sold off after his death. […]

Desmond Dupré, lutenist to Alfred Deller, and much more besides.

Desmond Dupré taught himself to play the lute and viola da gamba at a time when players of both were scarce. He worked with i.a. Thurston Dart, Raymond Leppard, David Munrow and, from 1947 until his death, Alfred Deller. He played in more than a dozen groups, such as Musica Reservata, the Jaye Consort and the London Consort of Viols, took part in many ad hoc ensembles, and regularly playing obligato parts in Bach’s Passions. […]

Arnold Dolmetsch’s competitors in 1904

“Indefatigable propagandists of ancient music” likened to Arnold Dolmetsch. Their hugely popular early music entertainments began in 1904, and continued for 25 years. […]