Celebrating Benjamin Banks
Benjamin Banks (1727 – 1795, Salisbury) is recognised on his memorial stone in St Thomas’s Churchyard, as The Most Eminent English Maker of Stringed Musical Instruments.
During the morning of 16th November there will be a gathering at St Thomas’s of Banks instruments and their current custodians. Thanks to the journals of his contemporary John Marsh, details survive of some of the popular chamber pieces of the day, including items by JC Bach, Giardini, Abel, Corelli and Marsh himself, copies likely sold through Banks’ shop. These were played at enthusiastic informal social gatherings at Banks’ and other musical households in the town, and it is proposed that some of this music will be played (with equal enthusiasm and informality) as part of the Lunchtime Recital series to help raise funds for the restoration of the church which meant so much to Mr Banks. It should be noted that the players will be meeting for the first time, and repertoire is dependent on who turns up! Please join us at 12.15 where we will gather, along with an 18th century Salisbury music historian and a local violin maker, and experience a unique chance to see, hear and learn more about the life and legacy of Benjamin Banks.
16 November 2019 - 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
St Thomas's Church
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