Clavichord Maker
291 Sprowston Mews, Forest Gate
London E7 9AE, England
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8519 1170

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PETER BAVINGTON was born in 1941 and educated in London and Exeter. After working for many years as a Civil Servant, he decided in 1982 on a complete change of career and enrolled at the London College of Furniture (now London Metropolitan University), where he studied early keyboard instruments under Lewis Jones. In 1985 he obtained his Higher National Diploma in Musical Instrument Technology with distinction in every unit.

He then spent two years working with John Rawson before founding his own London workshop, making and restoring harpsichords, clavichords and fortepianos. In addition to individual musicians, his customers have included the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. As well as making instruments, Peter undertakes historical and acoustic research, and is a regular participant in international organological conferences. He is a founder member and past Chairman of the British Clavichord Society.

For the past twenty years, Peter has focussed mainly on the clavichord; he believes that to produce a really responsive clavichord is the supreme challenge for a keyboard instrument maker.

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I have two clavichord drawings available for general sale:
  1. Clavichord by Christian Gotthelf Hoffmann, Ronneburgh, 1784, now in the Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands Park, England. This is the original of the Saxon clavichord which I offer. Price: £45.00 plus post and packing. In addition, a CD with various photos of the instrument is available, price £8.00 plus p. & p.
  2. Clavichord by Lindholm & Söderström, Stockholm, 1806, now at Finchcocks. Price: £30.00 plus p. & p.

To order, please send me an e-mail with your requirements and postal address for delivery; I shall respond with the total amount payable including post and packing, and instructions on how to pay by cheque or online.

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The clavichord for pianists. Clare Hammond has recently started experimenting with the clavichord. In this video, she explains how it has influenced her approach to playing the piano.

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last update January 2016