The Minories square piano


Sunday 30th September 2012 at 3pm

The Girling Room, The Minories
East Hill, central Colchester

James Boyd, viola
Maggie Cole, fortepiano

John Doubleday will introduce the concert and tell the story of the fortepiano.

Maggie Cole's playing is wonderful. She places her brilliance and all the resources of both instruments at the service of the music: her ornamentation is imaginative, her rubatos are subtle and perfectly balanced and she brings out every tonal, emotional and expressive nuance. Classical Pulse

In 1793, Isaac Boggis went to London to buy the latest drawing room piano from the famous firm Longman and Broderip, for his newly refurbished house, the Minories in Colchester. It remained there for a little over 200 years, and was then bought by sculptor John Doubleday, who commissioned local piano technician Edward Bucknell to restore it to concert condition.

For the first time in living memory, we reinstate the piano to its home and invite one of the world's leading pianists to give a recital on it. This is a never-to-be-repeated occasion and we expect the concert to sell out very quickly.


A graceful, vital musician with an elegant technique and a razor-sharp feeling for phrasing and accent. The New York Times on Maggie Cole

Many thanks to the sculptor John Doubleday who not only had the piano restored to concert condition, but has kindly lent us the piano for this recital.

Doors open at 2.30pm