Blackdown Early Music Projects (BEMP) presents Taro Takeuchi: Lute and Early Guitar

All Saints' Church, Culmstock, Cullompton, EX15 3JD

15 Sep 2021

Blackdown Early Music Projects (BEMP) presents Taro Takeuchi: Lute and Early Guitar


Taro Takeuchi was born in Kyoto, Japan. After completing his degrees in law and music in Tokyo, he came to England to study lute and early guitar with Nigel North at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since leaving college, he has been in great demand as soloist and ensemble player, and has toured most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, USA and Japan.

As a continuo player he has worked with The Parley of Instruments, The English Concert, The Royal Opera House, The Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment, Berliner Philharmonic, as well as Sir Simon Rattle, Rachel Podger and Nigel Kennedy. He has made numerous recordings for Deux-Elles, EMI, Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi, BBC and others.

Taro Takeuchi plays all types of lutes and early guitars, and specializes particularly in double strung early guitars, including 5-course Baroque guitar, English guitar (guittar) and 6-course Spanish guitar. His solo recordings ‘FOLIAS!’, ‘The Century that Shaped the Guitar’. ‘Afettuoso’ and ‘Lovely Nancy’ were received with critical acclaim and high praise. Taro presently lives in London, where he has an excellent collection of original early guitars as well as authentic traverse flutes, which he enjoys playing as a hobby. He is a member of The Lute Society and The Consortium for Guitar Research at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

The BEMP Third Thursday series of concerts is being promoted in partnership with the Friends of All Saints’ Church, Culmstock. The concerts will support two great causes, the continued livelihoods of the brilliant musicians invited to perform in the delightful acoustic of All Saints’, and after professional costs are met, the majority of remaining proceeds will be donated toward the development and improvement of the church for wider community access.

Statement from BEMP:
We have eight events in the pipeline for 2021, starting on May 20 and continuing through the year on the Third Thursday of each month. Please be aware that any changes to prevailing pandemic restrictions will determine the exact details. Travel restrictions and social distancing regulations may restrict audience size for the first few recitals.

Tickets on sale at Taunton Visitor Centre

Opening Hours

Wednesday 15th September 2021
7.30pm - 9pm

Advance ticket sales only, no sales at the door

​Please note: Social distancing measures will be in place



Adult £15.00
Student £7.50
Under 12 FREE with a paying ticket holder
10% discount available when purchasing tickets for three or more Third Thursday events at the same time

Tickets on sale at Taunton Visitor Centre


Blackdown Early Music Projects (BEMP) presents Taro Takeuchi: Lute and Early Guitar
All Saints' Church
EX15 3JD
United Kingdom

T: 01823 340470


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