My interest in harpsichords begun when I discovered a magnificent instrument (by John Horniblow, after Hitchcock) hidden in a corner behind a stack of chairs in the music room at school. I was fascinated by its two keyboards, the clockwork-like mechanism and the fantastic roar it made. After studying music in London and being out in the world for a few years, I started exploring the possibility of making harpsichords as a career.
Thus begun Peckham Harpsichords, in a small storage unit in South London towards the end of 2012. I started by restoring a couple of revival instruments by de Blaise & Sperrhake, gradually moving towards more historically informed harpsichords. Soon the unit filled up with projects, timber, tools & machinery and it was time to set up a proper workshop, so in the summer of the following year I moved to Lewes in East Sussex.
The instruments I’m making are based on historical models from different periods and parts of Europe, following traditional construction methods and materials.