The Keyboard in London

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We (Mike Lurie, Greg Dunbar, Lauren Buono, Shawn Riley & Bryn Coveney) are a group of students studying abroad in London for the semester from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. This blog is to document our class experiences in "The Keyboard and it's Role in London Society" course, which is being taught by Diane Birr at the Ithaca College London Center, in South Kensington. Our studies focus on keyboard instruments (the Virginal, Harpsichord, Pianoforte, Piano, Organ, Electronic keyboard) and explore how these instruments are historically interwoven with the personal and social fabric of London society.

Thursday, 13 March 2008



Brad Hougham, baritone & Diane Birr, piano

Ithaca College London Center
35 Harrington Gardens

Brad Hougham, Assistant Professor of Voice, visited from the home campus during his spring break to perform a recital with Dr. Birr.  The program included works by de Falla, Ives, Somervell and Porter.  The concert took place in the ICLC Common Room to a full house of students, faculty and staff.

"Throughout the performance, I saw nothing but smiles and gracious gestures between both musicians.  It brings the music to a whole new level when there if fantastic rapport between the singer and the pianist.  The variety of works was quite refreshing, and it was nice to hear music I recognized and could follow along with."

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