Concerts & Events

COLIN BOOTH
J.S. Bach’s Mentors:
predecessors, inspirers, friends
A Capriccio Benefit Soirée
Rescheduled date tba soon

Date: Date tba
Concert Timing: Doors open: 5:45pm | Concert Begins: 6:00pm | Soirée Ends: ~10:30pm
Venue: Aberfoyle Place, Washington DC


Colin Booth, an internationally acclaimed harpsichordist, is also a renowned early keyboard builder, author, and artist. In this gorgeous program Colin plays music composed by J.S. Bach’s close musical associates on an exquisite instrument he built and decorated. Built in 2011 after a 1710 single manual instrument by J.C. Fleischer, this two manual instrument has a crisp, warm, rich voice perfectly suited to northern European Baroque music. The instrument is also visually stunning – an artwork in fact. Colin will also perform on an Ottavino which he built.

This event is a full-evening Benefit Soirée. Seating is available for just 15 attendees who enjoy a specialized music program followed by an elegant, complimentary dinner with the artist and a local music personality. The evening’s special wines are sourced and donated by the International Wine Review. Soirées are important fund raisers for Capriccio, a registered 501c3 non-profit. Tickets for one seat are offered at $140, with $100 of this being tax deductible. Join Capriccio for a most glorious musical evening!

The program features music of the German Baroque music composed by J.S. Bach’s close musical associates. Full details to be announced soon.

Colin Booth has combined the careers of harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for 40 years. As maker, he has more than 300 customers to his credit, including a large number of Early Music professionals. 

As a player, Colin has performed as soloist and continuo harpsichordist in a number of countries, from Denmark to South Africa. He taught and played annually for 25 years at the Dartington International Summer School, and has recorded 12 CDs of solo harpsichord music.

Colin’s extensive recordings, which include many important recordings of early English composers, have met with considerable acclaim.  His most recent recording is of music by the great Elizabethan master William Byrd, The Melodious Birde – Keyboard Music by William Byrde played on three different and appropriate instruments from his workshop.  Other recordings of early English composers include Peter Philips – The English ExilePurcell – The English Orpheus; and William Croft Keyboard Music.  Colin is currently preparing a 4-CD complete recording of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, which follows on from his earlier Bach recording of the Goldberg Variations. Colin has also authored an important book for players of Baroque keyboard music  – Did Bach Really Mean That? – Deceptive Notation in Baroque Keyboard Music.

Richard Turbet for The Consort: “Great playing, gorgeous sound. Clarity and empathy are Booth’s forte….”

BBC Music Magazine: “…the performances [Colin Booth] gives are first-rate. His account of Bach’s WTC, for example is notable for its scholarly grounding as well as its emotional force, while his instrument allows the part-writing to emerge with unusual clarity.

Julie-Anne Sadie, Gramaphone: “[Booth’s] interpretations are at once poetic, luxuriant and emotionally compelling.”

Gramophone: “The success of Booth’s performance …stems from tempi which take time to enjoy not just the harpsichord’s tone but the richness and lyricism that is there in the music.”