The Austen Trio from England – performing music loved and played by Jane Austen


Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00pm


Paine Hall

Austen Trio

The performance of the Austen Trio from England is an interdisciplinary event, which is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Harvard's Provostial Fund for the Arts and the Humanities Harvard University Department of English, Harvard University Department of Music Office for the Arts at Harvard



Presented by: Harvard University Department of English
Admission: Free & Open to the public. Link to ticketed events here

The Austen Trio from England (Pianist Samantha Carrasco, Harpist Kate Ham and Soprano Helen Neeves) Performing music loved and played by Jane Austen.


For the first time in the United States, the Austen Trio will present their unique repertoire, the result of in-depth exploration into the Austen Family Music Books found at the Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, England. The research was undertaken by Samantha Carrasco for her PhD dissertation: "The Austen Family Music Books and Hampshire Music Culture 1770-1820." 


The program includes works by Haydn, Handel, Dussek, and Cramer, alongside lesser-known popular English composers from Austen's time, including Dibdin and Kelly. All of the music is directly sourced from the Austen Family Music Books - a fascinating collection of printed and manuscript music dating from across the 18th and 19th Centuries. Six of these books belonged to Jane Austen herself, including manuscript music that she copied out by hand, occasionally adding her own charming amendments. [Enjoy a short video illustrating the repertoire here ]