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Unheard Musick and Eighteenth Century British Literature

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3.00 p.m. at the Kirby Arts Center at the Lawrenceville School, John Burkhalter and Sheldon Eldridge will discuss the role of social harmony as but one of the many subjects in Eighteenth Century English novels and plays  that  oft has been critically remarked upon.  Curiously, quite specific references to music, a conduit for social harmony, in the works of Henry Fielding, Fanny Burney, and Oliver Goldsmith amongst others is still surprisingly  little explored. This lecture will also include some delightful musick on recorder and harpsichord!

John Burkhalter, lecturer and recorder player, studied the performance of early music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under Daniel Pinkham and the performance of Baroque music at Harvard University under the noted Dutch recorder virtuoso, scholar and conductor Frans Bruggen. In addition, he received instruction from the distinguished Swiss Baroque oboist and recorder virtuoso Michel Piguet. Mr. Burkhalter, artistic director, of The Practitioners of Musick also performs with Le Triomphe de l'amour, Brandywine Baroque, the newly formed Princeton University group Early Music Princeton and "Les Agr√©ments de musique" [co-founded with the harpsichordist Minju Lee]. He regularly performs in various English Country Dance Bands in association most notably, with the Germantown Colonial Assembly in Philadelphia and New York City's 92nd Street Y. He has been heard on Public Radio Broadcasts and award winning historic site documentaries produced by Visionary Video Studios. In 2012 he participated in the Colonial Music Institute CD recording "Music of the War of 1812".  
Sheldon Eldridge, harpsichordist , is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where he majored in organ.  His graduate studies include organ performance with William Hays and Choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt. Mr. Eldridge also coached with Eugene Roan (organ). Additional studies at Merton College, the University of Oxford, focused on topics in Renaissance music led by Gustav Reese, Denis Stevens and Alec Robertson.  He has actively participated in programs organized by the Royal School of Church Music. Mr. Eldridge has held the position of Organist and Choirmaster in a number of Episcopal Churches in Pennsylvania, New York State and New Jersey.  He has recently been asked to serve as organist and choirmaster at  historic Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury, New Jersey.  Mr. Eldridge is an active member in a number of genealogical and heritage societies most notably The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.


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