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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 1 April  – Steven Devine, At Home with the Horniman (Part 1)

Join us on YouTube for a demonstration tour by acclaimed early keyboard specialist, Steven Devine, of the playable instruments in the Museum’s Music Gallery.

Part One showcases the exquisite virginals by Onofrio Guarracino dated 1668, and the handsome English chamber organ attributed to Joseph Beloudy from c.1800.

Steven plays music by Michelangelo Rossi, Bernardo Storace, Josef Haydn and James Hook, and shares some of his favourite (and most ‘cringe-worthy’) memories from his time at Finchcocks Musical Museum, the former home of these two instruments.

The performance in the Music Gallery will be available on the Horniman YouTube channel. (Psst: Be sure to join us for Part Two – in a fortnight!)

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

Watch one of the previous performances


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

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