Jane Chapman : harpsichordist

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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 Koopman at the Sweelinck Conservatory, and an Elm Grant from Dartington Hall Trust. She was awarded the intercollegiate Raymond Russell Harpsichord Prize whilst studying at the RCM, and received an Allmusic Award for her innovative approach to music.

Jane has adjudicated at the Moeck International recorder competiton; the BHS Contemporary Harpsichord Composition Competition 2013; the Horniman Composition Competition 2014. She will be an adjudicator at the the Jurow Harpsichord Competition, USA, 2016(Historical Society of North America).

As well as performing, recording and publishing, she has worked extensively in the field of education. Through her work she aims to inspire a wide and diverse audience with an interest and knowledge of baroque and new music, and to encourage participation through composition and performance.

She has participated in the CMPCP/IMR Performance/Research seminar series, and has lectured and examined at institutions such as the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Goldsmiths College, Keele University, City University, York University, Bristol University, on subjects such as Baroque Music and Approaches to Improvisation; the Bauyn Manuscript and 17th century French Harpsichord Repertoire; Contemporary Music and the Harpsichord; The Oriental Miscellany; The Collaborative Process. She directs the student ensemble: Consort 21 at the RCM.

Jane was musician in residence (with Kate Ryder) at Goldsmiths College, and at CNMAT UC Berkeley. She collaborated with the Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University, and on the Intimate Handling project at the Royal College of Music. She has also worked with young composers at King's College London, University of Liverpool, University of Southampton, Royal College of Music. UNAM Mexico City, UC Berkeley USA, NMK Norway.

As well as pre-concert talks, she has taken part in many educational workshops for organisations such as the BMIC in London, and has been on a selection panel for the SPNM. Workshops and competitions for composers have included the Bangor Festival, and the NWNMP Harpsichordfest in Manchester. Jane has also been featured at Dartington Summer School, giving baroque and contemporary performances as well as masterclasses.

Jane was invited to give a presentation about her work (Harpsichord as cultural icon? A microcosm of creativity and reinvention) at Goldsmiths College London, to launch the Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures (CCMC). She is currently a consultant for the ABRSM.