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At Home with Music: Behind the Scenes

We've started work on our new display in our Music Gallery, which will be opening in January 2014.

The display will be called At Home with Music, and will feature keyboard instruments from the past five centuries that we have invited into our homes.

The display will feature rare and beautiful instruments from both the Horniman and the V&A collections, including all types of keyboard instruments: organs, harpsichords, virginals, spinets, pianos and clavichords.

At the moment, all the work is going on behind a hoarding (though you can get a glimpse through the other glass cases).

When the new display opens, it will greet visitors to the Music Gallery, running along the left hand side of the room.

At Home with Music will also see the introduction of live musical performances as a regular feature in the Horniman’s Music Gallery as we are restorating to playing condition a a fantastic example of a late 18th century English harpsichord by Jacob Kirckman, the most prolific harpsichord maker of his day.

  • 1772 Jacob Kirckman Harpsichord, Once restored to a playable condition, this instrument will become a focus for lecture demonstrations, master-classes and concert performances.
    Once restored to a playable condition, this instrument will become a focus for lecture demonstrations, master-classes and concert performances.

Some of these instruments are very large. The task of moving the is slow and steady, with the instruments carefully packed to keep them safe.

We're looking forward to seeing what our visitors think about this new display. Stay tuned over the next few month to see our progress.