On behalf of all associated with Leeds Baroque this message comes with grateful thanks to all who have helped us achieve this ambitious goal of owning our own historically appropriate timpani.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity, not just of those who pledged their financial support, but also those who gave their names to the campaign, and a back-room team who has spent the last 12 months supporting us with advice and technical know-how.
We are now able to commission our new instruments from the legendary firm of Henry Potter and Co and we hope they will be ready in time for our Bach programme in October. We hope you will all join us for their debut concert!
In the meantime let’s raise another toast – not just to timpani but to all those who helped us make this ambition a reality!
A message from Dame Evelyn Glennie
“The Leeds Baroque Orchestra is a national treasure and one that I whole-heartedly support. The vital need to have their own Baroque Timpani is key to their endeavour in providing consistently high level performances and to allow them an open door to perform all suitable repertoire without compromise. To have the timpani at hand, without energy, time and financial resources spent in locating and transporting suitable instruments will be an enormous boost in so many ways, not least the impact for their audiences. The addition of the Baroque Timpani will not only positively impact the current musicians of the orchestra but allow many percussionists in the future to experience a truly fascinating and historically important aspect of timpani playing.”