About Us

John is an independent conservator and maker of early keyboard instruments. He retired in 2016 from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) where he served as conservator and curator of musical instruments since 1988. His research on issues in musical instrument conservation resulted in two books including Artifacts in Use: The Paradox of Restoration and the Conservation of Organs. His book, Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America, 1700-1830 is a descriptive catalog of the CWF keyboard collection. His recent copy of the 1793 Mount Vernon harpsichord is now exhibited there, and his just completed reproduction of the oldest piano made in America is his 34th reproduction keyboard instrument. He recently received the 2020 Curt Sachs Award, the highest honor given by the American Musical Instrument Society for lifetime contributions to the goals of the society. His website is www.PreservationTheory.org.

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Lance grew up on a small dairy farm on the Isle of Wight, where he played the horn in the County Youth Orchestra and was organist at Godshill Parish Church from the age of 13. A Junior Exhibition award enabled him to study piano with Joan Last for his last two years at High School. He went on to study music and organology at the University of Edinburgh, where his tutors included Kenneth Leighton and Grant O’Brien; he later took various history and Renaissance art courses at the Open University. He has had a portfolio job career, including schoolteacher, museum curator and crime scene investigator. He currently teaches harmony and music history at the University of Edinburgh, edits The Galpin Society Journal, and plays the organ at Polwarth Parish Church. Lance is particularly interested in eighteenth-century keyboard instruments and has published articles in Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, The Galpin Society Journal, and the RMA Research Chronicle, some in collaboration with Jenny Nex, and contributed multiple entries to The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2014) and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments (2018). He is also a keen allotment gardener, an emerging composer, and enjoys beachcombing for fossils.

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Peter Bavington established his early-keyboard workshop in 1986, following study at the London College of Furniture and two years working with the harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano maker John Rawson. After many years as a harpsichord maker, restorer and professional tuner, from 1998 he concentrated exclusively on making and restoring clavichords. Following his retirement in 2020, he continues to undertake research into all aspects of keyboard musical instruments: he is the author of several articles on their construction, history and acoustics, and of the book Clavichord Tuning and Maintenance, now in its third edition. He was a founder member and past Chairman of the British Clavichord Society (now disbanded). In 2020 he received the Anthony Baines Memorial Prize, which is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to organology. Peter lives and works in London, UK.

Email Peter Bavington at [email protected] His website is www.peter-bavington.co.uk

David worked at SAIC since 2009, assigned to the Crane Naval Warfare Center (IN). Prior to Crane, he was an independent consultant, software developer, and small business owner for fifteen years. His roles in IT have included project manager, lead developer, business analyst, consultant, IT manager, architect, DBA, and mentor. He performs freelanc work in .Net 6 and MSSQL.

David Marrero's website including his resume and contact information is at dmarrero.com/.