Hear it Live!

Join us to hear performances and talks based on the variety and diversity of our musical instrument collection.

14 December

Two members of the London Obbligato Collective, Sarah Deborah, (baroque violin) with Masumi Yamamoto, (harpsichord), present a colourful programme of music from 18th-century London by Felice Giardini, Carl Friedrich Abel and Johann Christian Bach.

11 January

Kate Semmens (voice) and Gary Branch (early piano) explore the impact of love on wellbeing reflected in songs of the late 18th-century and featuring the Museum’s early piano made in London in 1777.

About Hear it Live!

Hear it Live! often includes performances on our four historical keyboard instruments, three of which, from the former Finchcocks Musical Museum, were 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;
  •  A 1772 Kirckman harpsichord; and
  • A handsome English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800.

Find details of previous performances you can still watch below.

Watch one of the previous performances

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

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