St Matthew Passion at the RAM

Trevor has recently (3rd February 2019) directed a performance of J.S.Bach's St Matthew Passion at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  The performers were the RAM Baroque orchestra together with a chorus and soloists of students at the Royal Academy.  At present ou can watch a video of the performance on the Royal Academy's Facebook page here.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The York Early Music Festival 2018 will be presenting Trevor with their seventh biennial Lifetime Achievement Award.  This is wonderful news.  Trevor will be presented with the award at the National Centre for Early Music in York on July 8th.  The ceremony follows immediately on from the live broadcast of the Early Music Show on Radio 3, from 2-3pm that afternoon, in which Trevor will be taking part.

The York Early Music Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award honours major figures who have made a significant difference to the world of early music and has been presented every other year since its inauguration in 2006. The previous winners have been: the Kuijken brothers (2006); Dame Emma Kirkby (2008); James Bowman (2010); Jordi Savall (2012); Andrew Parrott (2014); and Anthony Rooley (2016).

Here's an except from the NCEM press release:

York Early Music Festival honours legendary harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock CBE, as it bestows on him its seventh biennial Lifetime Achievement Award, after the recording of the BBC Early Music Show with Lucie Skeaping, on Sunday 8th July.

The live broadcast from St Margaret’s Church in York, an integral part of the York Early Music Festival, takes place 2-3pm and Trevor Pinnock has taken a break in his busy international travelling schedule, to visit one of his preferred performing spaces to receive the honour.

A longtime supporter of the National Centre for Early Music, Trevor pioneered performance on historic instruments in the UK with his orchestra The English Concert, which he founded in 1972. For the last 15 years he has divided his time between conducting, solo performance, chamber music-making and educational work.

In 2016, Trevor marked his 70th year with a series of chamber concerts presented with some of his closest colleagues (including violinist Rachel Podger), culminating in a sell-out concert in York at the NCEM.

Comments Festival Director, Delma Tomlin, MBE, “We are delighted to present Trevor with this award. Over many years, Trevor has been a champion of early music in York, and has provided great support to the York Early Music Festival, for which he has performed on numerous occasions.

“We love having the pleasure of Trevor’s company here and are very fortunate to be able to offer a series of events featuring some very special talent.”

Trevor Pinnock comments; “I feel both honoured and delighted to receive this award. For me early music was never a separate category from music in general but was something to be celebrated in all its freshness and newness. In deciding to adopt period instruments with suitable playing styles my aim was always to bring this into the main stream of music as something natural and in a sense unexceptional. Today we know that this has happened as the whole early music movement has had a profound influence on music making in general.

 “One thing that remains very important is that there are centres where early music can be performed in a suitable environment - the authenticity of performance space is too often neglected. The NCEM in York is just such a valuable space and I love the fact that early music shares its platform with jazz, folk and contemporary music. I feel proud to be associated with this wonderful venture.”

New CD release of works by Louis Couperin

Newly released by the American label Plectra Music, this is a recording of works by Louis Couperin personally selected by Trevor and grouped into three suites, in A minor, D minor and F major, including unmeasured preludes, courantes, sarabandes and movements such as La Piémontoise, Canaries, Chaconne la Complaignante and Tombeau de Blancrocher, amongst others.

It is recorded on a wonderful original harpsichord by Iohannes Ruckers, built in 1627, which is now in the collection of Karen Flint in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, where the cd was recorded.

The CD, and downloads, are available from Plectra Music and also from Amazon


70th Birthday Celebrations

Trevor has his 70th birthday on 16th December and is celebrating by giving a concert of both baroque and romantic repertoire in the Wigmore Hall, London.  See Wigmore birthday concert for details.  
This is preceded on 15th December by a concert in the Colyer-Fergusson Hall of Kent University in Canterbury where he will conduct Mahler and Debussy with the Royal Academy Alumni Ensemble.  See Canterbury birthday concert for details.
Last week he started the celebrations by giving three concerts of baroque repertoire at St George's Bristol, Abbotsholme School and the National Centre for Early Music in York.  The Guardian newspaper reviewed the York concert and Alfred Hickling said “The remarkable aspect was not how small the ensemble sounded, but how large: as Pinnock built up the momentum of the fifth Brandenburg’s famous, extended cadenza you were put in mind that Bach treated the harpsichord the way Jimi Hendrix treated amplifiers, as if willing them to explode.”  See Guardian review for more detail.  Picture in York courtesy of Ben Pugh.


Trevor given an Honorary Doctorate

RAM1.jpgIn a ceremony today (12th July 2016) at the Royal Academy of Music Trevor was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of London (Hon Doc.)  This is a degree of Doctor of Music honoris causa.  Previous recipients from the RAM have included Sir Elton John, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle and Quincy Jones.  Congratulations Trevor!

Trevor on BBC Radio 3 'Music Matters'

Listen here to an interview with Trevor by Petroc Trelawny on BBC Radio 3's 'Music Matters' first broadcast on June 18th.  Trevor talks about his life in music with clips from recordings and some live harpsichord playing.  This is available until mid-July on the BBC radio iPlayer site.

The Langton Festival of Music & Health

LFMH_A4.jpgAs a local patron of this Festival Trevor is very keen to make as many people as possible aware of this project as possible.  It runs from July 4th to 6th at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury.  For full details please click here

A Canterbury Childhood

Trevor's father, Kenneth Pinnock, wrote this book about his childhood and it was published in 2009 by Robert Hale.  Trevor is offering this hardcover book for sale at £10 including P&P.  Please get in touch via the contacts page giving your name and address if you would like a copy.

Here's a bit more about the book:

Canterbury_Childhood.jpg In A Canterbury Childhood Kenneth Pinnock tells how, as a child, he came to explore and try to understand the little city into which he had been born just after the end of the first World War. It begins in the shadow of the Victorian age, in a gas-lit house still equipped with speaking tubes for communication between floors, with the thousand-year-old cattle market just outside the front door, and abundant evidence that the age of horse-drawn traffic is only just ending. But beneath the tradition-bound and outwardly placid surface, powerful forces are at work...Vividly recalled, and fortified by delving into local newspapers, this is a picture of the patterns of life, changing under the stress of new technologies and marketing strategies, in a small English town three generations ago.

New solo harpsichord recital cd released


In Trevor's seventieth birthday year he has just released a new harpsichord recital on the Linn record label.

The music on the disc is inspired by a journey made by the Antonio de Cabezón and his contact with other composers, and is a reflection on the part that this music has played in Trevor's own life.

You can read more about the cd on the Linn web site, as well as hearing previews and being able to order a copy.

There is also a review of the release in The Guardian.

Classic FM Interview on Purcell

Classic FM recently asked Trevor why Dido's Lament from Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' breaks our hearts every single time!  

Click here to hear the interview.

Bach Harpsichord Concerti release

Good news!  After some time waiting now the recordings of the JS Bach concerti for two, three and four harpsichords have been released on the CPO label.  See the article below in this news section about 'Bach doubles in Scandinavia'  Here is a link to a site where you can buy them.

Trevor conducting Messiah in Ottawa

Trevor is in Ottawa this Christmas and is conducting two performances of Handel's Messiah at the National Arts Centre on December 15th and 16th 2015.  There is also a concert of chamber music directed by Trevor from the harpsichord on 20th December.  Click here for an interview with Trevor just published in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.  See the diary pages here for details.

Trevor Pinnock and Jean-Philippe Rameau

Trevor recently recorded an interview with Emily Reese of Classical Minnesota Public Radio about his recording Les Cyclopes and the works of Rameau.  Listen to the discussion here at Classical MPR

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015

At the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Awards held on 7th April, Trevor was asked to present the Jury Prize for best recording from a newcomer.  He awarded the trophy to harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani for his disc of the CPE Bach Württemberg Sonatas.



Pinnock's Passions

The beginning of March 2014 saw the launch of Trevor's musical association with the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe Theatre in London. Two concerts entitled 'Mozart in London' were given by Trevor and friends including Carolyn Sampson, Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Chiaroscuro Quartet playing music from the time of Mozart's visit to London in 1764, with Peter Hamilton Dyer reading prose and poetry related to the event.

Three further pairs of concerts are planned for 2014, with the remaining ones on July 6th and 7th as well as September 7th and 8th.  Please see the diary page for more details.  Here is a short trailer on YouTube featuring Trevor at the Playhouse Wanamaker Playhouse on YouTube

Photograph by Helena Miscioscia


Gabriel at The Globe

Trevor is presently working as Artistic Advisor to a show that is opening at The Globe Theatre in London, entitled 'Gabriel'.  It is written by Samuel Adamson and features Alison Balsom and her baroque trumpets as it tells the story of life in London in the 1690's through real and imaginery characters, being brought to life with the help of member of The English Concert performing music by Purcell and Handel, live on stage and in costume.

See this link to The Globe for more information and tickets.  The first performance is on July 13th and it runs until August 18th.



Trevor Pinnock Gala Concert Series

This is an initiative of the Faversham Music Club of which Trevor is President.  The inaugural concert is on 16th March 2013 in the church of St Mary of Charity in Faversham, Kent.  The concert is part of the celebrations to premiere a new arrangement of Bruckner's Second Symphony by Anthony Payne.  It will be performed by the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Trevor.
The Bruckner will be preceded by a performance of a new piece 'Celebrating Anton' created by talented young musicians from all over Kent who have taken part in the first Young Musicians course led by composer, David Knotts.
All proceeds from the Gala Concert will be devoted to the Trevor Pinnock Youth Scheme, in order to continue Trevor's work in helping young people to experience classical music and to work with top flight musicians. 
In 2014 the Gala Concert will Feature Alison Balsom, with whom Trevor has just recorded a cd 'Sound the Trumpet' of music for baroque trumpet and orchestra (see the discography page for cd details). 


Don Giovanni

Starting on 25th January 2013 and continuing until 10th February, Trevor is conducting the opera 'Don Giovanni' by W.A. Mozart at Houston's Grand Opera House.  See the diary pages on this site for details and read a preview from the Houston Chronicle here.

The Flute King

January 2012 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of an enlightened monach whose love of music changed the musical scene in continental Europe.  To celebrate this Emmanuel Pahud and Trevor Pinnock have released an album on EMI Classics and perform music written for and by the gifted flautist, composer and patron of the arts, King Frederick the Great of Prussia. The release features concerti, solo sonatas and chamber works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, Franz Benda, Johann Friedrich Agricola, Anna Amalia von Preussen and Frederick the Great. Trevor Pinnock directs the Kammerakadamie Potsdam and they and Emmanuel are joined by guest artists Jonathan Manson and Matthew Truscott.  Trevor, Emmanuel and the Kammerakadamie Potsdam also tour Germany and Switzerland, and visit Versailles and Warsaw during January.  See the diary and the discography for details, and for a feature on the project (by Clemency Burton-Hill) including interviews with Trevor and Emmanuel please visit the Askonas Holt web site.  
Here also is a clip from a Swiss News programme recorded at rehearsals for the concert in Liestal. 

Trevor Pinnock and Friends

15113774638_8bdWV.jpg In May and June 2011 Trevor and colleagues Lucy Crowe, Nuria Rial, Katy Bircher, Beatrix Hülsemann, Jane Gordon, Christian Goosses, Jonathan Manson, Richard Lester and James Munro toured with a programme of chamber music including a suite of songs and instrumental music from Purcell's 'Fairy Queen', JS Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.5 and the Second Orchestral Suite for flute, and various arias by Handel.  They visited Wigmore Hall in London, Brighton Festival, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Théâtre de Champs-Elysées in Paris, Istanbul Music Festival, Kloster Zinna near Berlin, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. 

The pictures below were taken during the rehearsal in Istanbul's Hagia Eirene Museum


Bach doubles in Scandinavia

2011 sees the 20th anniversary of the founding of the orchestra Concerto Copenhagen by its director Lars Ulrik Mortensen.  One of the events to celebrate this anniversary is a tour of concerts in Denmark and Oslo featuring the concerti for two harpsichords by JS Bach, played by Trevor and Lars Ulrik.  The programme will also be recorded as a cd.  This project is special for two other reasons - firstly Lars Ulrik was a soloist in the original 1980 English Concert recording for Deutsche Grammophon of all the Bach multiple harpsichord concerti - and secondly Trevor and Lars Ulrik are playing on their own harpsichords which are both copies made in 2008 by the Californian builder John Phillips of instruments by the German builder Johann Heinrich Gräbner in 1739.
The pictures here show the orchestra in rehearsal and Trevor, Lars Ulrik and John Phillips with the harpsichords.


Trevor in Italy

10399595989_G9hkM.jpgIn October 2010 Trevor made a tour of solo recitals in northern Italy, playing in Cividale del Fruili (UD), Venezia, Bergamo and Murisengo  (TO).  Here's a photo of his harpsichord arriving at the Fenice theatre loading bay in Venice.


Trevor tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

In September 2010 Trevor toured with the COE, which included concerts in Dijon, Paris, Luxembourg, Köln and Frankfurt.  He was joined by an old friend Maria Joaõ Pires for performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto in B flat K595.  The concert in Cité de la Musique in Paris was filmed and there is a brief excerpt from it available here in the archive of the Cité de la Musique live site.