The original Call for Papers

This special one-day conference is open to all, and will bring together scholars, editors, performers, teachers, students and makers of early keyboard instruments, including harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, organ and others. The themes may include any of the following, separately or combined:

  • Repertoire and composition, from the Middle Ages to c.1800
  • The history, design and construction of early keyboards
  • Unusual and non-standard instruments (such as claviorganum, lautenwerck and bogenklavier)
  • Performance practice
  • Editing and source studies
  • Continuo usage and practice
  • Restoration and maintenance
  • Tuning and temperament

Suggestions for panel sessions are also very welcome; for example, discussion around restoration and conservation of musical instruments, or any of the themes above.

Registration begins at 10.00am and the conference will end at 5.30pm, with mid-morning and afternoon breaks, and lunch at 1.00. To conclude, at 6.00 there will be a full performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations on harpsichord by Dr Dan Tidhar, free to delegates.

There will be space for nine papers of 25 minutes each, and a number of early keyboards will be available for demonstration purposes. Please submit Abstracts of 200-400 words to the Conference Committee at by 14 June 2017; decisions will be notified by 30 June.

This conference is linked to the 3rd International Conference on Historical Keyboard Music (ICHKM), 'Authorship in Historical Keyboard Music', which is currently in planning.

Francis Knights

NEMA Chairman