Dumfries House Harpsichord Restoration Project
Soon after Huw Saunders, Donald Macleod and I visited Dumfries House to film the opening titles of my multi-part Kirkman Harpsichord TV documentary, Huw was asked if he would be interested in restoring their 1772 Kirkman harpsichord to make it fit for future recitals. As it happened, he had a short gap between finishing one Kirkman style harpsichord and starting another. Arrangements were soon made and the harpsichord was safely delivered to Huw’s workshop in North London in mid-January 2020. It soon occurred to me that such a unique undertaking needed to be documented, so Huw and I agreed that I should film the restoration.
But… Covid 19 had other ideas!
Halfway through the restoration work, the country went into lockdown. With travelling impossible, Huw and I arranged a makeshift set up so that he could film his progress with his smart phone.
The restoration work was completed by late April 2020, but the harpsichord had to wait until October for travelling restrictions to be relaxed enough for us to take it back to Dumfries House and film its arrival and installation in the parlour.
The following is a pictorial account of the work. The 30-minute TV documentary will be available for viewing shortly.