Emily Baines & Amyas • The Ghost in The Machine (CD)
18th century music inspired and informed by period mechanical musical instruments.
This recording is the culmination of 10 years of research by Dr Emily Baines, and it brings to dazzling life the fascinating and effervescent performance style found in eighteenth-century mechanical musical instruments.
It contains never before heard transcriptions of music, found in eighteenth-century barrel organs and musical clocks.
Dr Emily Baines is a recorder player, lecturer and musical director working throughout Europe, also specialising in a wide variety of historical woodwinds.
She trained at the University of Hull, the Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she wrote her doctoral thesis on the role of mechanical musical instruments as sources for 18th-century performance practice.
Baines performs regularly for many period instrument ensembles, contemporary groups, music festivals and theatres across Europe. Theatre work has included musician and musical director roles for Jericho House, English Touring Theatre, Barbican BITE, the RSC, the National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe, including the Globe's première Broadway transfers of Twelfth Night and Richard III in 2013 starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. Her playing is regularly featured on Radio, TV and Film.
In addition to her performing schedule, Baines is a lecturer in Music at Brunel University London, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Shakespeare's Globe Higher Education department, and is regularly invited to other H.E. institutions for guest lectures and practical workshops.
FHR113 • Released 2021