Jane Chapman: French Clavecinistes and Beyond


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artists Jane Chapman, Stevie Wishart and Joanna MacGregor


£10 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 28th July 5:15 pm

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About this event

An intimate early keyboard programme by Jane Chapman, described as ‘Britain’s most progressive harpsichordist’ (The Independent on Sunday) and ‘the hippest harpsichordist around’ (Metro). She explores the elegant and improvisatory nature of 17th century harpsichord music.

Stevie Wishart’s evocative In the Mists (for harpsichord and piano) takes its inspiration from the art of the Prélude non mesuré and the language of d’Angelbert, evoking mists on the river Dart. Jane will be joined by Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor.


Jean-Henry D’Anglebert – Première Suite
Johann Jakob Froberger – Tombeau fait à Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancheroche
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières – Troisième Ordre
D’Anglebert/Lully – Overture de Cadmus
Louis Couperin – Prélude à l’imitation de Mr. de Froberger
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre – Suite no.1
Stevie Wishart – Out of the Mists


Don’t miss:

Steven Devine’s fortepiano recital
Joanna MacGregor’s introduction to Bach on the modern piano
Joanna MacGregor playing The Goldberg Variations
Stevie Wishart’s new commission, Weft and Warp


Jane Chapman studied with Ruth Dyson at the RCM and with Ton Koopman at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Her CDs of 18th-century English music, The Lady’s Banquet, and of the 17th-century French Bauyn Manuscript, offered the first extensive overviews of important sources previously unexplored on disc, and were both highly acclaimed. Equally passionate about baroque and contemporary harpsichord repertoire, she has given the first performances of well over 150 works, many written specially for her.  Jane has been featured at many major festivals, and has recorded extensively for BBC Radio 3. Residencies have included UNAM, Mexico, UC Berkeley, USA, Goldsmiths College, London, King’s College London, where she was recently artist in residence supported by the Leverhulme Trust. She is currently Turner Sims Fellow at the University of Southampton.


Stevie Wishart explores medieval and contemporary extremes, using voices, ancient technologies such as the hurdy-gurdy, and emerging technologies of today. She studied composition at York University with Trevor Wishart, improvised and aleatoric music with John Cage in Edinburgh, early music in violin and voice at the Guildhall, London and at New College, Oxford. Her many collaborations have included Michèle Noiret (Théâtre National de Bruxelles), Wayne McGregor, Orchestra of the Age on Enlightenment, and a large-scale choral Proms commission with the BBC Singers and designer Philippe Starck. Exploring music’s unique ability to express new ideas on a level which transcends other routes of communication motivates her work as a composer and improviser.


Joanna MacGregor, the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival, is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, she has performed in more than eighty countries.

About our Summer Concerts

This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.

Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.

Food and drink

Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

Book now

Select a time below to begin your online booking. You can also contact our Box Office daily, 1–7pm.
Phone: 01803 847070 | boxoffice@dartington.org

Sunday 28th July

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.