Founded by flautist Peter Harrison and harpsichordist John Treherne, Concert Royal’s musicians have given concerts together for over forty years. Playing period instruments and performing in historically-informed style, Peter, John and ’cellist Rachel Gray recreate the elegant sound worlds of the baroque and classical eras.
The ensemble has given hundreds of recitals in every corner of the UK, performing extensively for The National Trust, in festivals and for music and arts societies, in churches, schools and arts centres. Concert Royal has toured in Europe, the USA and for the British Council in South America.
‘Yes, yes, we will have a pianoforte, as good a one as can be got for thirty guineas, and I will practise country dances, that we may have some amusement for our nephews and nieces, when we have the pleasure of their company’.
With the recent acquisition of a fine Longman & Broderip square piano of 1789 Concert Royal’s musicians now play three matched historic English instruments perfectly suited to the recreation of the musical sound world of Jane Austen. Jane was a keen amateur musician with a large collection of music. Peter Harrison, Concert Royal’s director, was given unique access to her archive and our new programme features music drawn both from the collection and from related contemporary sources. Brief extracts from letters and novels provide a fascinating glimpse into Jane Austen's musical world.
“The audience was transported into the elegance of the 18th century and the England of Jane Austen's time” Horsham Music Circle
“Thank you for a wonderful concert, so well presented and polished. It was pure joy from start to finish” Lampeter Music Club
“a most satisfying and highly civilized evening” Canterbury Music Club
“It was easy to imagine sitting in the elegant drawing room of a stately home” Curry Rivel Music Club