Annual Activities Report 2022- 2023

After several years of disappointment with the harpsichord which had been commissioned in 2019, it was totally rebuilt by Michael Parfet, conservator of ancient instruments at the Royal Academy of Music, and the inaugural concert took place at the National Gallery before a large audience on the 6th of October 2022. The soloist was the prominent Italian harpsichordist Marco Mencoboni who enthralled the audience. Amongst numerous small contributions to various charities, including Royal Academy of Music, English national Opera, Opera Holland Park and the UNICEF Ukraine appeal, a special payment was made together with funds from the Orbis Pictus Trust to support a Ukrainian student with a student bursary for one year at Oriel College Oxford.

On the 20th of December 2022 the Imogen Cooper Foundation requested the Matthiesen Gallery to store their Yamaha C1 Concert Grand piano. A couple of months later the Foundation was asked to participate in hosting a series of monthly concerts for young musicians at the Matthiesen Gallery and these concerts are managed by Mary Orr. To date seven concerts have been performed and monthly events are in the pipeline.