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date: 22 November 2019

Rose, Malcolm locked

  • Sabine K. Klaus


(b Ealing, Greater London, England, Feb 3, 1948). British harpsichord maker and music wire drawer. After graduating from Trinity College of Music, London, in 1969, Rose taught music full-time, and from 1972–4 trained with the harpsichord maker John Feldberg. In 1975 he set up his own workshop in Mayfield, East Sussex, and in 1976 began testing wire samples from the 17th through 19th centuries with the metallurgist Derek Slater, research director at the APV Co. Ltd, Crawley. This led in 1981 to the production of wire based on historical examples, now known as English iron and brass.

Rose, since 1990 based in Lewes, East Sussex, makes copies of French, Italian, German, and English harpsichords, virginals, and spinets. His research on the only surviving 16th-century English harpsichord, by Lodewijk Theewes (1579), led to several copies of this instrument and a number of recordings on them, including one by Gustav Leonhardt. Rose’s activities as a restorer include work for the Rodger Mirrey Collection (now at ...

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