The Oriental Miscellany

Arranged and adapted by William Hamilton Bird, the Oriental Miscellany is the first published transcription of Indian vocal music in Western notation, taken from live performance. Published in Calcutta in 1789 it was considered an important historical source, reflecting Western fascination with the East, and the vogue for Hindustani Airs.

There has already been a lot of interest in this unusual repertoire from the Centre of Indian Music Experience, Bangalore, a short film commissioned by Penguin India about the opium trade by Amitav Ghosh and BBC Radio 4's mega series Incarnations.

Went to number 16 in the Indian Classical Charts!

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This is an intriguing recording…. a fascinating and agreeable collection. 
Jane Chapman uses the harpsichord's features - machine stop, lute stop - to full advantage....a Sonata composed by Bird, which weaves at least eight Hindu airs into standard galant structures, played with flair and panache by flautist Yu-Wei Hu

 - Noel O’Regan, Early Music Review
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"(Jane Chapman) takes full advantage of the sonic effects and exotic possibilities of the restored 1722 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord she has chosen for the recording. The range of colours and textures is dazzling, and at sometimes wonderfully suggestive of an Indian sitar. Delicious improvised additions … The playing is smart, clean, refined and inventive." 
 - Gramophone

"Remarkably colourful performances…ornamental flourishes unlike anything found in European music of the time."
 - Telegraph

Recent concerts of Hindustani Airs:
Chapel, King's College London, Handel House, 
30/6/15 Horniman Museum
6/10/15 Chawton House
3/3/16 Historical Keyboard Society, Oberlin College, USA

Jan 2017 - British Library
Spring 2017 - Hatchlands
2017/18 - USA