Death of a noted harpsichordist, 78main
The harpsichordist Elizabeth de la Porte has died aged 78.
Born in Johannesburg in 1941, she studied at the Vienna Academy and the Royal College of Music and was one of the first wave of concert harpsichordists in the 1970s, giving recitals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK.
Her particular affinities for JS Bach and Couperin were widely praise. John Duarte wrote of her 1976 Bach recording for Saga: ‘she plays as a good orator speaks… she carries you in one sweep from beginning to end.’
Elizabeth de la Porte held posts at Morley College and at the Royal College of Music Junior Department – the latter for 55 years.
She married Dr Paul Dawson-Bowling in 1966 and had three children.