July 13, 2023




  • Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023
  • Timing: Doors open at 7:30pm for a 8:00pm start. Concert ends ~9:15pm
  • Venue: Live! at 10th and G, 945 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001. Venue is modern glass building on NE corner of the block next to MLK Library.
  • Metro: Venue is one block from Metro Center and 2 blocks from Gallery Place.
  • Parking: Garage entrance is at 980 G Place, N.W., on alley running along the side of the building. Parking is a flat $10 rate. Note: garage closes at 11:00pm

Making Space

Colin Booth is widely recognized for his interpretations and performances of Bach’s keyboard works, having received rave reviews for his recordings of the Well-tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations. His instructional book Did Bach Really Mean That? has also received much praise. In this concert Colin continues his exploration of Bach’s keyboard works, performing pieces by German contemporaries who, as tutors, friends, and esteemed musicians, influenced his works and style. He performs keyboard works by Froberger, Telemann, Fischer, Böhm and Buxtehude and, of course, J.S. Bach.

COLIN BOOTH recently finished his very last harpsichord in 2020, having combined the careers of harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for 40 years. As a maker, he has more than 300 customers to his credit, including a large number of Early Music professionals. The harpsichord used this evening was built in 2011, based on a 1-manual original by J.C. Fleischer of Hamburg, 1710. The lid painting is Colin’s copy of Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, 1903, in the Walker Gallery, Liverpool.

As harpsichordist, Colin has performed as soloist and continuo harpsichordist in a number of countries, from Denmark to South Africa and the USA. He taught and played annually for 25 years at the Dartington International Summer School in England, and has recorded 20 CDs of solo harpsichord music.

His book Did Bach Really Mean That? – an investigation of Baroque notation and the conventions underpinning it, has been praised both for its detail and insights, and for being a highly readable guide for all who are keen on playing early keyboard music, whatever their chosen instrument. To accompany the book, Colin released a critically praised recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Colin’s recent complete recording of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier is available as two 2-CD sets. Andrew McGregor reviewed this for BBC’s Record Review, commenting “I would urge anyone to buy this… there is so much to be learned here, from the playing as well as the superb booklet”.

In 2021 Colin released a complete recording of Fischer’s suites of 1698, and is now working towards a CD of favorite lesser-known works by J.S. Bach.

Colin’s recordings are distributed in the US by Raven CDs:

To find out more about all aspects of Colin’s work, read several published articles, and to see the full range of his CDs and publications available for purchase online, visit

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.”

BBC Music: “For delight in sheer harpsichord sound (Colin Booth) is hard to beat.”

John Kitchen for Harpsichord & Fortepiano: ‘This is one of the most carefully considered and significant recordings of Bach’s completed Well-tempered Clavier that I have encountered: stylish, expressive, authoritative and compelling, and with refreshingly individual touches.”

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

Making Space

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