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LUCHIP (Leeds University Centre for Historically-Informed Performance)

School of Music, University of Leeds

Personnel

Professor Clive Brown (Director)

Dr Bryan White (Deputy Director)

Aims

  • To promote and support the study and practice of historically-informed performance.
  • To co-ordinate individual and collaborative research projects.
  • To facilitate opportunities for scholars and performers to work together to explore research-based styles of playing.
  • To promote and support concerts and recordings of mainstream and neglected works (especially repertoire about which performing practices are well documented) with period instruments and historically-informed practices.
  • To provide a focus for practice-based postgraduate students.
  • To organise and host conferences and study days.

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Rationale and Scope

The focus of the Centre is on music in the mainstream Western tradition from
the 16th to 20th centuries. The study of written and recorded sources
is fundamental to the work of the Centre, but particular emphasis
is placed on investigating performing practices through the medium
of performance itself. It is axiomatic that research is directed
towards re-examining and re-interpreting the evidence upon which
conventionally accepted performing styles and techniques for Baroque,
Classical and Romantic music are based.

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The Ferdinand David Ensemble

The ensemble (until 2008 called the LUCHIP Ensemble) was founded in 2004 and has been central to the activities of the research centre. Its aim has been to explore the historical performance of Classical and Romantic repertory with an uncompromising attempt to incorporate genuine historical practices into its performances; in this respect it differs from almost all ‘period instrument’ ensembles currently active in the classical music marketplace. All its performances are in a real sense experiments and our approach has evolved as we learn continually through testing ideas in practice. Over the years, the ensemble has included a number of the School’s past and present practice-led PhD students. At its core is a string quartet (currently Clive Brown, Ilias Devetzoglou, David Milsom and Kate Haynes), but its repertory has ranged from duos to sextets and in 2009 it joined the Eroica Quartet for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet.

Members of the Ferdinand David Ensemble have included.

  • Violin: Clive Brown, Ilias Devetzoglou, David Milsom
  • Viola: Peter Collyer, Duncan Druce, Heng-Ching Fang, David Milsom, Ken Mitchell
  • Cello: Harriett Cawood, Mary Cawood, Tom Collingwood, Kate Haynes, George Kennaway
  • Piano: Jonathan Gooing, Daniel Gordon, Martin Pickard, Mioayin Qu

(See below for publicly performed repertory)

Research Projects

  • AHRC Research Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (opens in a new window) awarded to David Milsom to undertake a three year programme of research, hosted by the School of Music. Title: ‘String Chamber Music of the Classical German School, 1840 – 1900: A Scholarly Investigation through Reconstructive Performance’
  • Creating an archive of performing practice texts and relevant musical texts.
  • Creating an archive of recordings of historically-informed performances.
  • AHRC Collection of Historical Annotated String Editions (CHASE). Principal Investigator: Professor Clive Brown, Co-Investigator: Professor Robin Stowell (Cardiff). Research Fellows: Dr David Milsom, Dr Duncan Druce, Dr Ilias Devetzoglou. Research Assistant: Dr George Kennaway. Funded 2008-12.
  • 19th- and early 20th-century editions of music for string instruments with printed and manuscript performance annotations
  • Commentary on the editions and their contents
  • Biographical and analytical material on editors
  • Essays on performing practice and historical context
  • Case studies on individual works

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Events archive

  • 25 September 2013: Ferdinand David Ensemble (Clive Brown, Ilias Devetzoglou, David Milsom, Kate Haynes) Schubert Quartettsatz, Cherubini String Quartet in E flat, Mendelssohn String Quartet op. 44 no. 2 (all from Ferdinand David’s personally marked copies)
  • 15 February 2013: Ferdinand David Ensemble (Clive Brown, Ilias Devetzoglou, David Milsom, Tom Collingwood) Elgar Piano Quintet op. 84
  • 23 December 2012: Clive Brown violin and Miaoyin Qu piano: Eberl Violin Sonata op. 20, Tchaikovsky Souvenir d’un lieu chere op. 42, Brahms Violin Sonata op. 108
  • 5 December 2012; George Kennaway cello, Jonathan Gooing piano: Brahms Sonata op. 38, Kodaly Sonata op. 4, Popper Scottish Fantasia, Schubert ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata.
  • 11 November 2012: Ferdinand David Ensemble (Clive Brown, Ilias Devetzoglou, David Milsom, Duncan Druce, Kate Haynes): Mendelssohn String Quintet op. 18, Brahms String Quintet op. 111
  • 27 April 2011: Ferdinand David Ensemble (Clive Brown, Ilias Devetzoglou, Duncan Druce, George Kennaway) with Jonathan Tobutt oboe: Elgar Andante and Allegro, Bax Quintet.
  • 3 February 2011: Clive Brown violin and Daniel Gordon piano: Niels Gade Violin Sonata  op. 59, Brahsm Violin Sonata op. 78
  • 2 December 2011: Ferdinand David Ensemble (Clive Brown, David Milsom, Ilias Devetzoglou, Peter Collyer, Duncan Druce, George Kennaway, Daniel Gordon) Schumann String Quartet op. 44 no. 3, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (from Ferdinand David’s personal copies), Beethoven Violin Sonata op. 30 no. 2, Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue in E.
  • 14 October 2011: John Irving fortepiano, Jane Booth clarinet, Peter Collyer viola: Stamitz, Vanhal, and Mozart Trio K. 498
  • 19 March 2010: George Kennaway cello and Daniel Gordon piano: Mendelssohn Cello Sonata op. 45
  • 27 November 2009: Ferdinand David Ensemble (Clive Brown, Ilias Devetzoglou,  David Milsom, Duncan Druce, George Kennaway) Mendelssohn String Quintet op. 87, Spohr String Quintet op. 61 (repeated in Bangor University Concert Series)
  • 3 May 2009: Hengching Fang viola and Daniel Gordon piano
  • 19 April 2009: LUCHIP PIano Trio (Clive Brown violin, Harriet Cawood cello, Daniel Gordon piano) Piano Trios by Spohr (op. 123) and Brahms (op. 111)
  • 30 January 2009: Clive Brown violin and Daniel Gordon piano: Violin Sonatas by Anton Eberl (op. 50) and Beethoven (op. 24)
  • 23 January 2009: Mendelssohn String Octet op. 20 ( The Eroica Quartet: Peter Hanson, Julia Hanson, Vicci Wardman, David Watkin and LUCHIP Quartet: Clive Brown, David Milsom, Hengching Fang, George Kennaway)
  • 8 June 2008: Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP String Quintet (Clive Brown, David Milsom, Duncan Druce, Harriet Cawood, Mary Cawood) F. Ries String Quartet op. 150 no. 3; Schubert String Quintet in C.
  • 14 May 2008: St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sheffield: LUCHIP Ensemble (Jonathan Gooing, George Kennaway, David Milsom), Gade piano trio op. 42 and Schumann piano trio op. 63.
  • 4 May 2008: Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Piano Trio (Clive Brown, Harriet Cawood, Daniel Gordon), Brahms op. 101 and Spohr op. 123 Piano Trios.
  • 6 April 2008: LUCHIP study day (Clive Brown violin, David Milsom violin/viola), Spohr opp. 13 and 67 no. 1
  • 17 February 2008: Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Piano Trio (Clive Brown, Harriet Cawood, Daniel Gordon), Brahms op. 87 and Mendelssohn op. 66 Piano Trios.
  • 27 January 2008: Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Quartet (Clive Brown, David MilsomHengching Fang, George Kennaway), Brahms Quartet op. 51/2 and Spohr Quartet op. 45/2.
  • 13 January 2008: Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Violin and Piano Duo (David Milsom, Jonathan Gooing), a recital of late nineteenth-century German works including Brahms Violin Sonata op. 78

 

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  • 30 November 2007: The Eroica Quartet
  • 11 November 2007: Leeds University Concert Series: Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra (dir. Peter Holman), Purcell Come ye sons of art, away, Draghi From harmony, from heavenly harmony, Clarke, Pay your thanks, Tell the world.
  • 6 October 2007: Birkdale School, Sheffield: LUCHIP Violin and Piano Duo (David Milsom, Jonathan Gooing), Joachim Romances in B-flat and C, Brahms Violin Sonata op. 108.
  • 13-15 September 2007: CHARM/RMA Annual Conference, Royal Holloway, paper and lecture-recital by David Milsom (with Jonathan Gooing).
  • 27-28 July 2007: Joachim Centenary Conference, Kittsee, Austria: Lecture-Recitals by Clive Brown and David Milsom on Joseph Joachim’s performance style and practice.
  • 10 June 2007: Georgian Theatre, Richmond: Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra (Director: Peter Holman; Leader: Judy Tarling), Handel Water Music, Telemann Water Music & Vivaldi La Tempesta di Mara
  • 3 June, 2007: Temple Newsam House: Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra (Director: Peter Holman; Leader: Judy Tarling), ‘Court, City, Country – A Musical Tour of Britain 400 Years Ago’ (including music by Byrd, Gibbons and Tomkins)
  • 6 May 2007, Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP String Sextet (Clive Brown, Harriet Cawood, Mary Cawood, Duncan Druce, Hengching Fang, David Milsom), Spohr Sextet in C, op. 140, and Brahms Sextet in G, op. 36.
  • 22 March 2007: LUCHIP/MARS/CePRA Study Day: ‘Historical Evidence versus Current Taste: Archives, Research and the Performance of Classical and Romantic Music’: Lecture-Recital, LUCHIP Ensemble (Clive Brown, HengChing Fang, Jonathan Gooing, Daniel Gordon, David Milsom). Music by Brahms, Spohr and Tertis.
  • 16 March 2007: Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies/LUCEM conference: ‘Victorian Soundscapes’: Lecture-Recital, LUCHIP String Quartet (Clive Brown, HengChing Fang, George Kennaway, David Milsom, Daniel Gordon and Stephen Muir). A lecture-recital of vocal and instrumental music evoking the Victorian concert experience.
  • 25 February, 2007: University of Leeds Concert Series: Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra (Director: Peter Holman; Leader: Judy Tarling), Handel Alexander’s Feast
  • 2 February 2007, Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Piano Trio (Clive Brown, Harriet Cawood, Daniel Gordon), Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor op. 49.
  • 27 January 2007, St John’s, Ranmoor, Sheffield: LUCHIP String Quartet (Clive Brown, HengChing Fang, George Kennaway, David Milsom), Spohr String Quartet op. 45/2 and Mendelssohn String Quartet op. 44/3.
  • 19 November, 2006, Leeds University Concert Series: Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra (Director: Peter Holman; Leader: Judy Tarling), Bach Mass in B minor
  • 17 November, 2006, Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Piano Trio (Clive Brown, Harriet Cawood, Daniel Gordon), Schubert Piano Trio op. 100.
  • 27 October, 2006, Leeds University Concert Series: Martyn Hodgson (theorbo), Steve Muir (tenor), Nicki Sapiro (soprano) & Bryan White (baritone), a selection of songs and small ensemble works, including music by Monteverdi, Erlbach, Frescobaldi, Lanier and Lawes.
  • 19 March, 2006, Leeds University Concert Series: Choral and Orchestral Concert by students of the School of Music. Directors Clive Brown and Bryan White: Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht (chorus and orchestra), Schumann Genoveva Overture, Sterndale-Bennett Paradise and the Peri and Spohr From the Deep (motet for double choir).
  • 10 February, 2006, Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Piano Trio (Clive Brown, Mary Cawood, Daniel Gordon), Beethoven ‘Archduke’ Piano Trio and ‘Kakadu’ Variations.
  • 5 January, 2006, RMA Research Students Conference, University of Leeds: LUCHIP String Quartet (Clive Brown, Mary Cawood, Hengching Fang, David Milsom), Mendelssohn String Quartet op. 44/3; LUCHIP Piano Trio (Clive Brown, Mary Cawood, Daniel Gordon), Beethoven ‘Archduke’ Piano Trio op. 97.
  • 6 November 2005: Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP String Quartet (Clive Brown, Hengching Fang, David Milsom, Mary Cawood), Mozart ‘Dissonance’ String Quartet K465, Mendelssohn String Quartet op 44/3.
  • June 2005: Elgar Conference (Stratford upon Avon), Clive Brown and Daniel Gordon: Elgar violin music.
  • 5 June 2005: Leeds University Concert Series: Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra (Director: Peter Holman, Leader Judy Tarling; Gail Henessey Baroque oboe): Bach concertos
  • 4 March 2005: Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Ensemble (Clive Brown, Mary Cawood, Duncan Druce and Martin Pickard), Mendelssohn op 3 and Schumann op 47 piano quartets
  • 20 February 2005, Leeds University Concert Series: Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra (Director: Peter Holman, Leader Judy Tarling; Phillipa Hyde soprano, Stephen Muir tenor, Bryan White baritone), Handel L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato (1740)
  • 28 January 2005, Leeds University Concert Series: LUCHIP Ensemble (Clive Brown, Mary Cawood, Duncan Druce and Martin Pickard), Mozart K 493 and Eberl op 18 piano quartets.

(A number of further concerts by visiting ensembles support the aims of LUCHIP. See Leeds University Concert Series programmes for details)

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Conference Activity

  • 22 March, 2007, Music Archival Research Skills (MARS) and LUCHIP Study Day, School of Music, 9am – 5.30pm. Title: ‘Historical Evidence
    versus Current Taste: Archives, Research and the Performance of
    Classical and Romantic Music’.
  • 23-24 June 2010 (Cardiff University, Department of Music), Chase Project Conference, ‘Music for Stringed Instruments: Music Archives and the Materials of Musicological Research in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries’
  • 4-5 April 2012 (University of Leeds, School of Music), Chase Project Conference, ‘Authorship and ‘Authenticity’ in Composition, Editing and Performance’

     

 

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