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Clavichord Maker in London 1987–2020


This workshop closed in July 2020. All materials and equipment have now been disposed of, and all remaining instruments sold. This web-site will remain live, and all the existing reference material and links will be maintained. I hope to add further items of research in due course. If anyone needs help or advice about an instrument made by me, please contact me by e-mail.

Meanwhile, the third, revised edition of my book Clavichord Tuning and Maintenance is now available: click here for details.



This link will take you to a performance by Julian Perkins of Handel’s lovely Air in G minor, HWV 467, played in the composer’s London bedroom on a small clavichord made by Peter Bavington in 2016.





PETER BAVINGTON was born in 1941 and educated at William Ellis School, London and Exeter University. 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 part of 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 included the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin.

Peter retired from instrument making in 2020. He continues to undertake research into all aspects of clavichords and other musical instruments, and is the author of numerous articles (click here for list) and the book Clavichord Tuning and Maintenance, now in its third edition. He was a founder member and past Chairman of the British Clavichord Society (now disbanded). In 2020 he received the Anthony Baines Memorial Prize, which is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to organology, the study of musical instruments.

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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 June 2021