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Mahan Esfahani

1 October 2013 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mahan Esfahani performs at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 1 October 2013.


Mahan Esfahani - harpsichord

Gibbons - Pavan and Galliard: Lord Salisbury
Dowland - Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard - (with divisions by John Bull) Gibbons - Peascod Time, or The Hunt's Up
JS Bach - French Suite No 6, BWV 817
WF Bach - Sonata in D Major, Fk 3
Rameau - Pieces in E minor, from Pieces de Clavecin
We begin our exploration of dance in music in Jacobean England with works by Orlando Gibbons and John Dowland, the secular music of these Renaissance period composers being dominated by the dance forms of the day.

JS Bach’s French Suites form part of his education material for his pupils and are made up of heavily stylised interpretations of the courtly dances, such as the Courante, Sarabande and Gavotte. By the time of his son WF Bach the representation of the dances is less direct, though the influence still remains.

Praised by The Times for his "daring and fiery performances" and by Opera Today as "the leading harpsichordist of his generation," the Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani is the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist and to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Booking dates:
From Monday 29 July booking for existing chamber subscribers. Please note: this is a separate subscription from the Endellion String Quartet series.
From Monday 12 August - Booking for new subscribers
From Saturday 17 August - General booking

Price:   £17.50; £19.50 (discounts available)

Contact details:   Box Office: 0113 224 3801

Additional information:  


The Venue, Leeds College of Music 

3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD

t.   0113 222 3400


The Venue was opened in 2003 and is a dedicated recital hall for Leeds. The Venue seats 350. The Venue is equipped with an infra-red system for the hard of hearing. The Venue is located in Leeds' emerging cultural quarter, next to the West Yorkshire Playhouse and adjacent to Leeds College of Music. It is in the same building as the new BBC Yorkshire headquarters. One Bar Inn, the College's café bar, is open for lunch and early evening meals as well as pre-concert and interval drinks. It is located on level two of the main college building.




There is a lift at the front of the building to The Venue and disabled toilets in the foyer area. There is a designated disabled car park beside Leeds College of Music which has spaces for at least ten cars. 

Public transport  

The Venue is opposite Leeds Interchange Bus Station for all buses. From Leeds City Train Station turn right out of Leeds city station and turn right at the pelican crossing. Walk down Boar Lane and head for Kirkgate Market. At the markets walk down the side of the market on New York Street to the Bus Station. The Venue is found opposite the bus station.


The nearest car park to The Venue is located on Quarry Hill and accessible from the A64 Inner Ring Road (direction West Yorkshire Playhouse). After 5.30pm parking is free. Blue Badge Holders can park in these car parks for free. Further information about Leeds City Council car parks can be obtained from Parking Services on 0113 395 0050.

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