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About this event

Join us in the Music Gallery to hear performances and talks based on our musical instrument collection, including our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. 

30 April - Performance by Jan Zahourek, violone plus lutenist 

The audience will have the opportunity to see one of our instruments that is normally in storage: a rare 16th- or early 17th-century violone (double bass-like instrument) (M41-1983) thought to be by the famous Brescian maker, Gio Paolo Maggini, and to hear a copy of it being played by Jan Zahourek.

28 May - Harmonica histories with Roger Trobridge and friends

This performance-demonstration heralds the generous donation of a collection of harmonicas to the Horniman Museum. The harmonica was developed in the 1820s as a diatonic instrument, and a chromatic design became available around 1925. Harmonica bands became popular for both children and adults. Chord and bass instruments were developed in the 1930s. A versatile instrument, the harmonica lends itself to traditional music, blues, rock, popular, film, classical, and jazz. Its history, various types of the instrument, and some of the musical genres in which it has featured will be explored during this event.

Please note: This event will be held in the Hands on Base.

25 June - Performance of The Shona mbira of Zimbabwe by an mbira duo

An mbira duo formed by Chartwell Dutiro and Jori Buchel will give a performance-demonstration of the Shona mbira.  Chartwell Dutiro is a Zimbabwean musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and teacher. He is a master mbira player with a story that begins in the sacred musical rituals of his home village. Since 1994, Chartwell has been based in England, performing, recording, teaching and building bridges between cultures through his music. Jori Buchel is an experienced musician, mbira player and singer from the Netherlands. The mbira dzinoera [sacred mbira], an instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, has hand forged iron keys on a gwariva [piece of hardwood] base.