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The Early Music Show



Sunday 15 October 2017


Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and cornettist Helen Roberts demonstrate the extraordinary level of memory baroque musicians took for granted in everyday performance. Plus, monks from Downside Abbey are on hand to explain the techniques medieval monks used to memorise vast swathes of plainchant and prayer, and Mahan investigates a 15th-century manuscript from Wellcome's Library, where chants are used to help memorise the symptoms, causes and cure of various conditions.

Speakers and performers

  • Mahan Esfahani, harpsichordist and broadcaster
  • Helen Roberts, cornetto player
  • Monks from Downside Abbey

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11:00 on Friday 29 September.