The display brings together domestic keyboard instruments from the past 500 years, and explores the social, artistic and cultural significance of these beautiful objects.
The instruments, some of which are on public display for the first time, have been selected from the Horniman and Victoria and Albert Museum’s rich musical collections.
In the run-up to the opening of At Home With Music the Horniman ran a competition for young musicians to compose a solo harpsichord piece. At the display’s launch the winners of the competition, Adam Stafford and Tim Watts, had their pieces performed on a restored Jacob Kirckman English harpsichord from 1772. These special renditions, which may be viewed here, marked the beginning of regular live musical performances in the Horniman’s Music Gallery.