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At Home With Music opens at the Horniman

Yesterday morning saw the launch of the Horniman's new Music Gallery display, At Home With Music, developed by curator Mimi Waitzman.

The opening speech was given by Sir Peter Bazalgette, who recalled his own early visits to the Horniman.

The display tells the story of the keyboard instruments we have invited into our homes over the past five centuries, and features instruments from both the Horniman and V&A collections.

Many of the objects in At Home With Music have never been displayed before, or have emerged after long years in storage, allowing visitors to once again see their exquisite detail.

The star of the new display was undoubtedly the 1772 Kirckman hapsichord, sympathetically restored to playing condition. The instrument was brought to life at the launch event by harpsichordist Jane Chapman, who performed the winning pieces from the Horniman Musical Composition Competition, as well as classical pieces by Bach and W. H. Bird.

Watch Jane performing the winning pieces:

At Home With Music is a permanent display in the Music Gallery, open to the public from 30 January 2014.