Sir Nicholas Shackleton

To most delegates at this event Professor Sir Nicholas (Nick) Shackleton was a generous man with an incredible collection of clarinets, a boundless knowledge of the instrument’s development and an enthusiasm for its repertoire. Nick was also an internationally-renown earth scientist, his knighthood in 1998 just one of the many awards he received in recognition of his contribution to palæoceanography.

As well as through his musical publications and generous loans of instruments to players, Nick was able to share his knowledge with many Cambridge music undergraduates through his lectures in acoustics. Nick’s association with the celebrated Cambridge maker Daniel Bangham exerted a profound and timely impact on the historical performance movement, which is still felt today, across practice and theory.

‘Musical Instruments in Science and History’, as this joint Galpin Society/Institute of Acoustics conference is titled, were both areas of particularly interest to Nick. He often recalled how his scientific research was an important stimulus to his musical activities, and vice versa. It is also fitting that the event should pay tribute to the late Christopher Hogwood CBE.

Ingrid Pearson

Sir Nicholas Shackleton

Celebration Concert – 26th September 2015

We welcome you to a celebration concert in memory of Nick Shackleton the clarinettist and clarinet collector who improved our understanding and enjoyment of the clarinet. He was also a scientist who improved our understanding of the world we live in and was honoured with a knighthood and fellowship of the Royal Society.

The Galpin Society is pleased to offer registered delegates reduced entry of £5 to the event. You will be given the relevant information when you register. Non-delegates can book tickets to the event here.

The Cambridge Woodwind Makers’ workshop will be open for those interested in making reproduction instruments, an activity that Nick promoted with great success. A display of select clarinets and basset horns from Nick’s collection will be on display, courtesy of The University of Edinburgh.

Concert without interval:

Mozart Sextet played on period instruments, led by Antony Pay.
Mendelsson concert piece No1 op 113.

High tea will be served and an opportunity to visit the workshop, the exhibition and to chat.


The venue is Stapleford Granary, an outstanding new arts venue and also the home of Cambridge Woodwind Makers.

Getting there
Stapleford Granary
Bury Road,
CB22 5BP.

Stapleford is four miles from the centre Cambridge. There is parking on site. There will be a shuttle bus running from various venues in Cambridge to Stapleford granary. Please email Owen Woods for details.


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