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Handel’s Attic

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm



  • Julian Perkins, Clavichord


  • Handel, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Pachelbel A selection of toccatas and suites

Used throughout the Baroque and Classical eras as a private tool for composing, practice and meditation, the clavichord remained in regular use into the nineteenth century. The last thirty years have witnessed a quiet musical revolution: the clavichord is no longer the Cinderella of the keyboard world. Join the conductor and keyboardist Julian Perkins to share the enchantment of this exquisite instrument, so beloved of the young Handel. This programme includes works by Handel as well as works he may have studied during his youth, such as toccatas and suites by Frescobaldi, Froberger and Pachelbel.

‘Handel had found means to get a little clavichord privately conveyed to a room at the top of the house. To this room he constantly stole when the family was asleep. He had made some progress before Music had been prohibited, and by his assiduous practice at the hours of rest, had made such farther advances, as, tho’ not attended to at that time, were no slight prognostics of his future greatness.’  From ‘Memoirs …George Frederic Handel, 1760’, by John Mainwaring

‘It seems as if the clavichord was Handel’s first Muse… Small wonder given that its intimate tones compel the player to cultivate a singing tone and bewitch all those who encounter it.’ Julian Perkins

As a harpsichordist and organist, Julian has appeared with many leading soloists and ensembles at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House, as well as at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. In addition to appearing as the solo harpsichordist in productions at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera, Julian has performed concertos with groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Sixteen and New London Soloists.


Students £5 off | Under 18s 50% off


June 1
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Holywell Music Room
Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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