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Clavichord Maker in London 1987–2020


This workshop closed in July 2020, but the coronavirus crisis has greatly complicated the work of clearing out the room I occupied at Forest Gate and disposing of remaining assets. I hope to make more announcements in about a month; meanwhile, anyone who wants to know about remaining instruments or stocks of wood etc. is invited to contact me by e-mail.

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.

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






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. 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 2020