09 November 2013
An unusual first, on tour in Australia
Carey Beebe is Australia's premier harpsichord maker, restorer and tuner. We're delighted that he's providing the harpsichords for many of the performances of our current tour.
In Sydney he has — to use an inappropriate metaphor — pulled all the stops out, and provided an original 1773 instrument.
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald he takes up the story: "Mr Beebe got wind last year that the harpsichord, built by English makers Jacob and Abraham Kirckman, was coming to auction in London. He snapped it up and had it shipped to his Peakhurst workshop. It was, he says, a real find, despite the dilapidated state in which it arrived. ''There was a lot of dirt and dust and the lid had obviously been left open for 40 years,'' he says. ''There was candle wax all over the ivory keys and many of the veneers were loose or had fallen off.''
Read the full article and watch a film on The Sydney Morning Herald website
Carey Beebe. Photo: Wolter Peeters