Workshop course

Harpsichord tuning and maintenance workshop

HIPSTER invites participants to a weekend of lessons in harpsichord tuning and maintenance, taking place on the picturesque campus of the University of Limerick from May 21-22 in the spacious and beautiful studio of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Participants will gain hands-on experience in key aspects of harpsichord tuning and maintenance and will have access to a variety of instruments, including one- and two-manual harpsichords.

Taught by one of the foremost experts in the field, Anton Amir of Klinkhamer Harpsichords & Fortepianos (Amsterdam), the workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about harpsichords and work with them, from beginner to advanced. ‘experienced, as well as professionals who wish to “refresh” their skills. Each of the two days includes sessions on tuning in different temperaments, as well as practical problems, such as replacing a feather, changing strings, damping and regulating the different registers, stuck keys, malfunctioning sockets, etc.

Day 1 (Saturday May 21)

AM Session: Maintenance Questions
Afternoon session: Tuning and Temperament

Day 2 (Sunday May 22)

AM Session: Tuning & Temperament
Afternoon session: tuning practice, questions and answers on maintenance

Adjustment and maintenance tools and materials will be provided for the course and can be purchased afterwards.
Instruments will be provided.
Cost: €100 Full weekend (recommended) or €60/day
Participants are limited to 10 (an additional number of non-participating observer places are available)
Meals and accommodation are not included in the price.