“It has been in a museum in the States,” said Quentin. “We have been trying for a couple of weeks to find people to play it. We have had all sorts of people with good intentions, but no joy.
“In desperation, we thought, there’s bound to be someone who plays piano in Haverhill.”
Luck has come in for the duo, however, as a local Cambridgeshire pianist, Joel Ridgeway, has come forward to volunteer himself for the pioneering task. Joel, who has been playing the digital piano since childhood, is thought to be a “gifted young classical pianist”, who is more than ready to take on the challenge of both decoding the music, and playing it to an audience.
A historical moment
It has been suggested that this will be the first time in over 200 years that the rare piece will have been played or heard by anybody – making both it’s discovery in a smalltime American museum, and its future performance a historic event for the music, and the musicians taking part in its reennactment.
Both finders of the manuscript Quentin and Mike are interested in naval history, and given the music’s naval ties, Quentin said he wanted to stage the concert aboard the a vessel once used in the days of Trafalgar.
Once the piece has been transcribed for the digital piano age, Quentin said it may be possible to work out the corresponding parts for other instruments, such as clarinet, violin and trombone, to name but a few. But their main hope is they can finally get this piece played back to an audience and tell a musical story thats been long forgotten for over 200 years.