314.122-6-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zithers) sounded by plectrum, with keyboard

Harpsichord with two keyboards, five octaves, FF-f''', no FF sharp, two eight foot registers, one four foot register, lute register, buff stop to front eight foot, machine stop and nag's head lid swell. The swell mechanism was partially removed during a restoration in 1959 and reinstated during the restoration of 2013. The instrument is now in playing condition. Previously restored in 1959, 1972 & 1980 . Previously owned by Lady Braye of Stanford Hall; inscription on back of the nameboard: 'Irvin Hinchcliffe bought this harpsichord from Lady Braye Stanford Park 1948'; Glyndebourne Festival Opera owned the instrument in 1958; it was acquired by the Horniman 1972.

Inaugural performance by Jane Chapman on 29 January 2014, at the launch of the At Home With Music exhibition. She played the two pieces which were joint winners in the Horniman Harpsichord Composition Competition. They were: The Sprawl by Adam W. Stafford and Vine by Tim Watts. She also played excerpts from the Oriental Miscellany by William Hamilton Bird.

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