Friday 18 January: Sara Stowe (Harpsichord)

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Sara Stowe performs a varied and fascinating programme of harpsichord music from the 17th century to the present day.

Sara includes pieces from Anne Cromwell’s Virginal Book, Wiliam Mirval’s Siege of Chester, Francois Couperin’s Mysterious Barricades, Handel’s Harmonious Blacksmith and Stephen Montague’s dancing Mirabella. Sara Stowe won a Foundation scholarship, the Raymond Russell and Continuo harpsichord prizes at the Royal College of Music. She then won a Bursary to study singing in Milan and follows a career jointly as harpsichordist and singer. She has recently made her first recording of new harpsichord music, a CD of Italian songs and, on the Métier label with the ensemble Sirinu, the music for early and unusual instruments by Howard Skempton.

Friday 1 February: Contrasts (clarinet, violin and piano)