I am curently completing a Arts and Humanities Research Council funded PhD at the University of Southampton (also in conjunction with The National Trust) dedicated to exploring the fascinating rise and fall of the 'revival harpsichord' in the twentieth-century.
In the modern era, we were given an entirely new kind of harpsichord, one which composers of the day set about creating new music for. As time progressed, attitudes changed, and emphasis became strongly in favour of historic reproductions of the instrument, that these revival instruments began to fall out of fashion. My PhD work includes research into what role the revival harpsichord played in contemporary music making, and if the principles of historic performance practice should extend to the revival harpsichord, when it comes to performances of modern music written for these kinds of harpsichords. I am also exploring the role the harpsichord played in different film, television and pop music appearances of the modern-era and my work explores on what occasions the harpsichord managed to disassociate itself with its own past.