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Hear it Live!

Join us in the Music Gallery to hear performances and talks based on our musical instrument collection, including our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord.

These concerts often include performances on our three historical keyboard instruments from the former Finchcocks Musical Museum, recently restored to playing condition, thanks to National Lottery funding.

The instruments are:

  • A rare surviving example of a signed Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668;
  • A beautifully-preserved square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777; and
  • A handsome English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800.

Thursday 29 October – Performance by Rebeca Omordia on the square piano

The Horniman is delighted to present London based award-winning Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia playing the square piano.

Rebeca Omordia is known as a vibrant, exciting virtuoso throughout the UK and overseas, and whose work has changed the face of classical music. She has been described by the Guardian as ‘the pianist who cast a spell on Lagos’, ‘an African classical music pioneer’ by the BBC World Service and was named Artist of the Month by Classical Music Magazine. In 2019 she launched the world’s first ever African Concert Series in London, a series of monthly concerts featuring music by African composers.

The performance in the Music Gallery will be available on the Horniman YouTube channel.


The Hear It Live! programme and recordings are made possible through the generosity of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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