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Hear It Live! Performance opportunities in the Music Gallery

We are looking for performers to take part in our Hear It Live! music performance series.

  • Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668, Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668
    Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668

In 2016, the Horniman acquired three historic keyboard instruments from the celebrated Finchcocks Musical Museum, thanks to support from National Lottery players.

A four-year project conserving, repairing and documenting the instruments will culminate in their installation into the Horniman’s Music Gallery this summer. They will then feature in an expanded events programme.

Beginning in mid-July, the Hear it Live! performances will move from monthly to weekly events.

As in the past, the series will feature 30-minute recital/talks, but the day is changing from Tuesday to Thursday afternoons (from 3.30pm to 4pm) in the Horniman’s Music Gallery.

The four expertly maintained early keyboard instruments that will be heard are:

  • A Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668
  • A square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777
  • An English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800
  • A double-manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirckman, London, 1772

The programming for these events will include a wide range of repertoire, both solo and ensemble. The events are free to the public but the musicians will receive an agreed fee. We are open to proposals made up of two or three consecutive weekly or monthly performances on a given theme.

Due to the rarity, age and sensitive condition of the instruments, all performers must have had previous experience playing historic keyboards and must be willing to attend in advance a brief introduction to the instruments with Mimi Waitzman, Deputy Keeper of Musical Instruments.

If you are interested in performing, please complete the application form below and return it to Beatrice Booker, Programming and Administrative Assistant (Musical Events) bbooker@horniman.ac.uk as soon as possible.

  • Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668 , Close up of the Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668
    Close up of the Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668

  • Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777, Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777
    Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777

  • Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777, Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777
    Square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777

  • English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800, English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800
    English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800

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