Jane Austen, like many of her heroines, was a keen amateur musician. She played the piano and sang, and a collection of music books which belonged to Austen and her family survives. This music, both print and manuscript, contains hundreds of songs and piano pieces, some written out in Austen's own handwriting. Since 2007, soprano and literary scholar Gillian Dooley has been devising and performing in concerts including this music, often combined with readings from Austen's works.
Read a review of 'Thorough Bass and Human Nature: A Musical Tour Through Pride and Prejudice', March 2013.
Recordings and programs from Jane Austen Music concerts held 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 are accessible by clicking on the images below.