Colin Booth

Colin Booth harpsichordColin Booth has been a harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for more than 30 years. As a maker, he has more than 300 customers to his credit, including a large number of Early Music professionals. As a harpsichordist, Colin has performed in many countries, from Denmark to South Africa. He taught and played for 25 years at the Dartington International Summer School and provides continuo for several leading orchestras. Colin has recorded 12 CDs of solo harpsichord music. His book Did Bach Really Mean That? is an investigation of Baroque notation, providing a highly readable guide for all who are keen on playing early keyboard music, whatever their chosen instrument. To accompany the book, Colin recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which received enthusiastic reviews:

For me this recording stands out in a crowded field. Noel O’Regan. Early Music Review, August 2011.


More recently Colin acquired an original early French harpsichord dated 1661, from an owner in Cork, Ireland, and restored it the following year. Two CDs have now been recorded on it. The first, Grounds for Pleasure, focussed on the Ground (a repeated bass line, popular as a musical form in 17th-century England) and has received six enthusiastic reviews, including Early Music and Gramophone. His latest release is of music by the early French master Louis Couperin, who died in the very year in which the instrument was made.

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