Chapman, Jane


Described as "Britain's most progressive harpsichordist" and "the hippest harpsichordist around", Jane Chapman has revitalised the repertoire for her instrument. Equally passionate about contemporary and baroque music, she has inspired a generation of composers, premiering numerous solo, chamber and electroacoustic works by many of today'sforemost new voices. She is also involved in collaborations with many groundbreaking musicians and visual artists, exploring innovative approaches to performance. Jane is an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, and an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music, where she is also Professor of Harpsichord.


WIRED 2 // Cutting Edge 2009: Jane Chapman & Gregoire Meyer

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Jane Chapman, described as "Britain’s most progressive harpsichordist” (The Independent on Sunday) and “a fearless contemporary music performer” (The Guardian), performs new works for harpsichord and electronics by Paul Dibley, James Dillon, Sam Hayden, Paul Newland, Roger Redgate, Sohrab Uduman, Mike Vaughan and Paul Whitty.

WIRED was developed and supported by the Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University to explore the unique cultural resonance of the timbre of the harpsichord from its sixteenth-century origins to its use by composers of the twenty-first century.

Supported by Oxford Brookes School of Arts and Humanities and Institute of Historical and Cultural Research.


"Inspired.  … ancient keyboard hardware meets state-of-the-art electronica." Gramophone


The works on this disc were recorded in July and November 2007 at Oxford Brookes University by Paul Dibley, except Track 2 (James Dillon: birl) which was recorded by Paul Fretwell at City University in September 1998. They were performed on a harpsichord after Blanchet made by David Rub.
Producers: PAUL DIBLEY (Tracks 3, 4, 8, 10); PAUL FRETWELL (Track 2); SOHRAB UDUMAN (Track 9); MIKE VAUGHAN (Track 6); PAUL WHITTY (Tracks 1, 5, 7, 11).
Processing: MIKE VAUGHAN (Track 6): The MaxMSP patch ‘IM6’ is a general application that triggers soundfiles according to certain predetermined performance paradigms.
SOHRAB UDUMAN (Track 9): Live electronics application created in MaxMSP.
PAUL WHITTY (Track 11): Signal processing [BOSS DD-3; DD-6; DS-1; HM-2; MT-2; OC-3; PH-3; PS-5; TR-2].
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Cover image by NORMAN McBEATH

Catalogue number:
NMC D145
Release Date:
16 February 2009