Festival Music review: Richard Egarr, St. Cecilia’s Hall

RICHARD Egarr must be one the best advocates for early music. For while his recital of 16th-century English keyboard music may not sound all that approachable, his affable manner and enthusiasm did much to disprove such expectations. Egarr did not assume that his audience would be well-versed in the music of William Byrd, John Blow and Henry Purcell. He also eagerly explained the ins and outs of the three rather special, centuries-old harpsichords from the St Cecilia’s Hall and Museum’s collection assembled on stage, and took obvious delight in the prospect of playing them.

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