The Cobbe Collection of Historic Keyboard Instruments
Includes the largest group of instruments owned or played by famous composers to be seen together anywhere in the world.
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 donors who have contributed to our Adopt an Instrument scheme.
We are especially grateful to The Chopin Society, London, for their generous undertaking to adopt Chopin’s piano for fifteen years and to The Elgar Society for their continuing adoption of Elgar’s piano.
Keeping instruments in playing order is an expensive business. We feel that it is vital that The Cobbe Collection Trust continues with this ideal, support us and donate today.
Adopt an Instrument invites you to underwrite the maintenance and tuning of a particular instrument for one or more years.
Donation for Annual Maintenance during 2018
- Zenti Harpsichord, 1622 – Adopted by the Meakin family
- Ruckers Harpsichord, 1636 – Mrs C. Rolls in memory of Rev’d. T. Rolls
- Virginals by John Player, 1664 – Adopted by Mr Peter Gillman
- Snetzler Organ, 1759 – Adopted by Mr David Hansell
- Zumpe Piano, 1769 £200
- Spanish or Portuguese clavichord £350
- Zumpe/JC Bach Piano, 1777-78 – Adopted by Mr Christopher Goode
- Spinet by Ferdinand Weber, 1780 £300
- Southwell half-moon table piano, c.1782-85 – Mr Geoffrey Ashby
- Hoffmann Clavichord, 1784 – Adopted by Mr Christoper Gold
- Marie Antoinette’s Piano, c.1786 – Adopted by Lady Lipworth CBE
- Shudi/Broadwood harpsichord, 1787 – Adopted by Ms Penny Meakin
- Hancock Piano, ‘Warranted by Mr Dibdin’, c.1790 – Ms Carolyne Roehm
- Grand piano by ‘pupil’ of Stein, c.1790 £500
- Southwell Square Piano, c. 1793-94 – Adopted by Mr Geoffrey Ashby
- Piano by John Bland, 1794 £350
- Piano by John Broadwood and Son, 1795 £350
- Anton Walter Piano, 1815 – Adopted by Mr Simon Pinniger
- Broadwood Piano signed by Cramer, 1816 – The Meakin family
- Conrad Graf piano, 1819-20 – Adopted by Mr Simon Pinniger
- Nanette Streicher grand piano, 1823 – Partly adopted by Mrs P. Grayburn
- Mahler’s Piano, 1836 – Adopted by an anonymous donor
- Jane Stirling’s Erard piano, 1843 – Adopted by Mrs M. Montclare
- Elgar’s Broadwood piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Elgar Society
- Erard piano, signed by Thalberg, 1845 Adopted by Mr Simon Pinniger
- Chopin’s Pleyel piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Chopin Society
- Broadwood, 1847, played by Chopin – Adopted by Mrs P. Littleton
- Steinway Grand Piano, 1864 £600
- Bizet’s composing table piano, 1855 – Adopted by Mrs R. Tuke
- Haydn’s Longman&Broderip piano, c.1794 -Adopted by Ms Carolyne Roehm
- Harpsichord by Ferdinand Weber, 1746 £750
- Piano by Ferdinand Weber, 1774 £300
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.