21 November 2019 - (Re)constructing Musics of the harp: London Metropolitan University. Joint paper with Lewis Jones.
Mike Baldwin (harp researcher and 2018 PhD graduate) and Lewis Jones (supervisor of music-related and material culture research) will discuss museum, archival and iconographical research centred on the harp and music making in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Mike will introduce their project to investigate and make a working replica of the earliest kind of pedal harp (the pitch of whose strings can be raised by depressing several small pedals), developed by Jakob Hochbrucker in Bavaria at the end of the seventeenth century, and played and promoted by members of his family during the eighteenth. He will report on their recent examination of the second earliest extant pedal harp (1728), in the Musée de la musique, Paris. Lewis will consider the musical use of Hochbrucker's harp, drawing on printed music, and documentary and pictorial sources, and the prospect of using the reconstructed harp in contemporary practice. He will then compare mid-eighteenth century use of the harp with domestic harp and guitar playing by women at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, represented in the earliest photographs ever taken of music making (c1840), by William Henry Fox Talbot.
29-30 November 2018 - The Early Pedal Harp: Developing a Common Descriptive Language. International Workshop - ‘The Early Pedal Harp as a Museum Artefact: Research–Conservation–Presentation’, Alter Seminarraum, Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum, Munich. website -
22 January 2018 - Jacob Erat’s harp manufactories: repurposing town houses in late Georgian London, Cass Research Seminar, 'Networks of making and habitation, the lives and works of Giuseppe Naldi and Jacob Erat' (Lewis Jones and Mike Baldwin)
Mike Baldwin, Finding my Voice, in Special Children Magazine, issue 235, April-June 2017, pp.29-31 -
Mike Baldwin, Robert Bruce Armstrong's Irish and Highland Harps, in The Time Traveller Magazine, 2nd edition, March-May 2017
28 May 2016 - The Employees of the Late-Georgian Harp Makers (or Thieves, Drunks, and Drowners of Dogs). Made in London Conference, London Metropolitan University
27-30 September 2015 - Robert Willis and innovation in harp design - The Galpin Society Conference, in association with the Institute of Acoustics - University of Cambridge
26 November 2014 - The early nineteenth-century, London-made ‘Grecian’ Harp, The Gilding and Decorative Surfaces Group, Institute of Conservation (ICON) Annual General Meeting, keynote
8 October 2014 - The ‘Grecian’ Harp: Ornamentation, Decoration and Architectural Monumentality - PhD student symposium - London Metropolitan University, The CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
21 May 2014 - Erat’s harp manufactory at 23 Berners Street (1821-1826): workshop organisation in a Georgian town house - PhD student symposium - London Metropolitan University, The CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
11-12 September 2013 - Consuming the Harp in late Georgian England: Products, Services and Customers of the Erat Manufactory, 1821-1824 - Georgian Pleasures Conference - Bath Spa University (Centre for Musical Research and Centre for History and Culture), The Hoburne Museum, Bath
25-29 July 2013 - Patents, Politics and Personalities: the Mechanisation of the Harp 1794-1845 - Musical Instruments- History, Science and Culture Conference, co-hosted by The Bate Collection and The Galpin Society in association with "Making the Tudor Viol" (University of Huddersfield, supported by the AHRC) & CIMCIM (Comité International des Musées et Collections d'Instruments de Musique) - University of Oxford
M Baldwin, The Inventor of the Double-action Harp with Fourchettes: Groll versus Erard, FOMHRI, no. 79, April 1995, pp. 29-34.