Square pianoforte and detail of nameboard by Johannes Zumpe and Gabriel Buntebart, 1769.
What is especially magical is that the collection is maintained in playing order to allow artists and audiences to experience the sounds that inspired composers. We are most grateful to the generous private donors who contributed to our Adopt an Instrument scheme last year.
We are also indebted to The Chopin Society, London for their continuing five-year adoption of Chopin’s piano. Likewise, the Elgar Society for their continuing adoption of Elgar’s piano.
Keeping instruments in playing order is an expensive business. This is partly why most museums don’t attempt it. We feel that it is vital that the Cobbe Collection continues with this ideal. The annual cost of maintaining each keyboard varies from instrument to instrument, depending on intrinsic qualities and the number of times it is used for concerts.
Grand Piano by Anton Walter and Son, Vienna, c. 1815
Adopt an Instrument invites you to underwrite the maintenance and tuning of a particular instrument for one or more years. There is a form at the end of this booklet should you like to be part of this scheme.
If you should decide to take part in this scheme, your adopted instrument will be displayed to the public with a notice stating that you have supported its maintenance and you will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to a concert of your choice (subject to availability). Your name will appear as the adopter of the instrument in the succeeding published list of concerts and in the programme of any concert in which it is used.