In the words of the Wall Street Journal: "Jane Chapman is one of Britain's most distinguished classical harpsichordists, with a repertoire that stretches from early music to contemporary avant-garde. Her work is rapidly bringing the harpsichord into the 21st century and establishing her reputation as a rule-breaker."
Described in The Independent on Sunday as "Britain's most progressive harpsichordist", and in the Guardian as "a fearless contemporary music performer" Jane Chapman is at the forefront of creating and inspiring new music for harpsichord. She has premiered over 200 solo, cha...
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JANE CHAPMAN - WIRED AT THE SPITZ
Images by Norman McBeath
CD - WIRED (NMC)
Collaboration with Sonic Arts Research Unit (SARU), Oxford Brookes University.
Amplification, live interactive electronics, improvisation, visual imagery, club atmosphere. All this feels very 'baroque' in a 21st century way. These exciting works are by serious and passionate composers who have all ventured into new territory. The harpsichord is made more 'real' in this environment; its intrinsic qualities are extended, heightened, explored, subverted, intens...
JANE CHAPMAN * HARPSICHORD
Jane Chapman is one of Britain's most innovative harpsichordists, with a repertoire that embraces both baroque and contemporary music. She studied at Dartington College of Arts and the Royal College of Music where she won various prizes, and gained a British Council scholarship to study at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Ton Koopman. She also received an Allmusic Award for her versatility and innovation. Jane is an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, and an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music where she is also professor of harpsichord.
JANE CHAPMAN - Contemporary Repertoire
L. Andriessen Overture to Orpheus **
T. Armstrong Envoi *
I. Ballamy 4 half Minutes Late *
G. Barry Sur les Pointes
J. Beers Flight of a Chukanu *
L. Berio Rounds **
D. Brozak in A
G. Carcas Imaginary Moon Walk*
Y. Hara Cawkwell Molecular dance II *
A. Cook Anaemic Lava Harp *
C. Cox The Open Frame: Prelude, after D'Anglebert
Riffle (2009) A fantasy, after Bach *
G. Chernick Toccata *
M. Craft Barricades
J. Dillon Birl
F. Donatoni Due...
NEW DISC: 'The Oriental Miscellany' released April 2015 (SIGD415)
Arranged and adapted by William Hamilton Bird, the Oriental Miscellany is the first published transcription of Indian vocal music in Western notation for harpsichord, taken from live performance. Published in Calcutta in 1789 it was considered an important historical source, reflecting Western fascination with the East, and the vogue for Hindustani Airs.
"This is an intriguing recording…. a fascinating and agreeable collection.
Jane Chapman uses the harpsichord's features - machine stop, lute stop - to full advant...
The Contemporary Harpsichord (a new revival)
Contemporary Music Review, Volume 19 Part 4 (with CD), Harwood Academic Publishers, IBSN 90-5755-160-8
The Contemporary Harpsichord (new perspectives)
Contemporary Music Review,Volume 20 Part 1, Harwood Academic Publishers, IBSN 90-5755-159-4
Two issues compiled and edited by Jane Chapman exploring a wide range of works, and approaches to the contemporary harpsichord by leading composers and performers.
Articles by jane Chapman:
Volume 19 Part 4
Points of Departure: An Interview with Simon Emmerson
CD recordings: Crosscurrents (version with t...
BBC Radio 3 broadcasts include:
Performances of chamber works by composers such as Ferneyhough, Dillon, and Xenakis with Lontano, Expose, Cambridge New Music.
Bath Festival - concerti by Bach and Gorecki with the Goldberg Ensemble.
Solo lunchtime recital of baroque and contemporary repertoire.
'Intersection' - complete programme of works for harpsichord including electroacoustic and 17th century solo repertoire.
'Mixing It' - performance of works commissioned for Jane Chapman by Django Bates (Jane - harpsichord/vocals, with Django Bates and Martin France).
Brighton Festival - solo ...
Selected press comments:
CD reviews: go to CDs text section
'Jane Chapman is one of Britain's most distinguished classical harpsichordists, with a repertoire that stretches from early music to contemporary avant-garde. Her work is rapidly bringing the harpsichord into the 21st century and establishing her reputation as a rule-breaker' (Wall Street Journal)
'Jane Chapman plays with brilliance and sensitivity' (Classic CD )
'With Jane Chapman one can count on technique to burn and faithful observance of stylistic conventions' (The Musical Times)
'Britain's most progressive harpsichordis...
Jane is Professor of harpsichord at the Royal College of Music, where she teaches in both the senior and junior departments. She is Turner Sims Fellow at the University of Southampton, and was recently Artist in Residence at King's College London, supported by the Leverhulme Trust. She was made an affiliate artist to the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP). She is an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, and an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music. Jane received a British Council Scholarship to study with Ton...