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King’s Lynn’s Art Society will be hosting early instrument musician Sophie Matthews to talk about music

An arts society will be welcoming an early instrument musician next week.

Sophie Matthews will be giving a talk on Thursday, February 8 about ‘Music in Art’ on behalf of Lynn’s Arts Society.

During the talk, Sophie will look at how so many of our historical references for musical instruments can be found in works of art.

Sophie Matthews will be giving a talk about music next week
Sophie Matthews will be giving a talk about music next week

Not only can these windows into the past show us what the instruments looked like, but also the social context in which they would have been played.

Music and different instruments also play a strong role within symbolism in art.

She explores the instruments in selected works and then gives live demonstrations on replicas of the instruments depicted.

Sophie is well-known for her prowess on the English border bagpipes and has become one of the foremost players of the instrument in the UK.

She also plays a variety of early woodwind instruments such as shawm, rauschpfeife, crumhorm and recorder.

She is also one of a handful of British players of the baroque musette, an 18th century French bagpipe similar to the Northumbrian small pipes.

When not touring with Green Matthews, Sophie also makes instruments – she made her own baroque oboe – and works with respected luthier Tony Millyard on his flutes. Sophie is self-taught on all of her instruments.

The lecture will take place in West Winch Village Hall, where there is ample free parking available, and starts at 2pm.

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