Next year, the Horniman will launch a new permanent display in the Music Gallery, exploring domestic keyboard instruments and showcasing some which have never been on public display.
Opening in January 2014, At Home With Music will focus on keyboards from the past five centuries that were brought into homes – from parlours to palaces – and bring together highlights of the keyboard instrument collections from the Horniman and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The exhibition includes organs, harpsichords, pianos and clavichords and features rare and beautiful instruments, including a portable piano of the type that Captain Scott took with him on his first expedition to the Antarctic in 1901.
The launch of At Home with Music will also see the introduction of live musical performances as a regular feature in the Horniman’s Music Gallery through the restoration to playing condition of its 1772 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord.
The first performance on the newly restored Kirckman will include the winning piece from the Horniman’s Musical Composition Competition. The performance will mark not only the opening of the exhibit, but also this new chapter in the life of the Music Gallery which will see the Kirckman harpsichord used for future lecture demonstrations, master-classes and concert performances.
At Home With Music opens to the public at the end of January 2014 and will be free to enter
as part of the Music Gallery.
Update: Gallery Closures
As we prepare and install the new display, some areas of the Music Gallery will be closed between September 2013 and January 2014.
See below for details of closure times.
Music Gallery Hands On Space: Mon 9 September 2013 - end January 2014
Whole Gallery: Monday 30 September 2013 - Friday 11 October 2013
Left-hand side of Gallery: Friday 11 October 2013 - end January 2014