Huw Saunders, one of the world's most respected practitioners of the dying art of Harpsichord making has been commissioned by an Englishman abroad (Munich) to make a modified copy of a rare harpsichord from the eighteenth century and to make it fit for the modern concert hall. The instrument is a copy of a Kirckman harpsichord.
This is not a film about “How to make a Harpsichord”.
It is rather the story of a dedicated craftsman’s tortuous journey from his research in sourcing the right materials all the way to delivering the finished instrument for its first international concert by a renowned Harpsichord player (Possibly Marie van Rhijn). The attached appendix A-G will demonstrate the sheer diversity of the materials and processes used in the making of this unusual instrument. The film will touch on such varied subjects as History, Music, Carpentry, Metal work, Joinery, Farming, Wild life and Nature. This promises to be a very exciting and visually stimulating piece of television work. What is so extraordinary and fascinating about Huw's approach to harpsichord making is the fact that he will make almost every part himself. He is a purist! We follow Huw in his quest to identify and find unusual and surprising materials to make this unique instrument. Camel bone, Swan's feathers, Horse-tails, Iron gall ink and Hog's bristles! There will be visits to suppliers of Brass and other materials, foundries, glowing crucibles, rare wood veneer collections and unusual farms where wild boars are raised. Discussions will be had and prominent musical scholars will be interviewed The making of the Harpsichord will take about eighteen months. The inaugural concert will take place sometime in late 2018 or early 2019. Estimated delivery time for the final broadcast copy will be mid 2019.
The format: This story has enough content to make an engaging and stimulating 60-minute Special. However the rich content will allow the material to be cut to a four-part / half-hour Series if requested.
The mood… Atmospheric warm interior lighting to suit the workshop feel combined with cool daylight coming through the windows.
At times the workshop air will be filled with sawdust. This will be exploited by the lighting to enhance the mood.
About Huw Saunders
About Farokh Khorooshi