The Pastons, like many landed gentry of the time, were passionate players and collectors of music. Manuscripts and musical instruments are both prominently displayed in The Paston Treasure. Nicholas McGegan, internationally renowned baroque music specialist and Music Director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, will deliver a lecture and conduct a musical performance featuring works the Pastons would have enjoyed and performed about the time the canvas was painted, including music by composers with Norfolk connections such as John Jenkins (ca. 1591–1678) and Nicola Matteis (ca. 1650–after 1713). Looking further afield, the program will also include music from Restoration London and Venice.
McGegan will be accompanied by the musicians Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Rachell Wong, violin; Alana Youssefian, violin; and Adam Young, viola da gamba.
The performance is presented with support of the Yale Center for British Art through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.