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 2017
- Zenti Harpsichord, 1622 £350
- 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 – Adopted by Mr Guy and Lady Rose Monson (Part)
- Zumpe/JC Bach Piano, 1777-78 – Adopted by Mr Christopher Goode
- Hoffmann Clavichord, 1784 – Adopted by Mr Christoper Gold
- Marie Antoinette’s Piano, c.1786 – Adopted by Lady Lipworth CBE
- Shudi/Broadwood harpsichord, 1787 £600
- Hancock Piano, ‘Warranted by Mr Dibdin’, c.1790 £150
- Grand piano by ‘pupil’ of Stein, c.1790 £500
- Anton Walter Piano, 1815 £450
- Broadwood Piano signed by Cramer, 1816 – Adopted by Mr Geoffrey Ashby
- Conrad Graf piano, 1819-20 – Adopted by Mr Guy and Lady Rose Monson
- Nanette Streicher grand piano, 1823 – Adopted by an anonymous donor
- Mahler’s Piano, 1836 – Adopted by Mrs P. Littleton
- Elgar’s Broadwood piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Elgar Society
- Erard piano, signed by Thalberg, 1845 £380
- Chopin’s Pleyel piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Chopin Society
- Broadwood, 1847, played by Chopin – Adopted by Mrs M. Monclare
- Steinway Grand Piano, 1864 £600
- Bizet’s composing table piano, 1855 – Adopted by Mrs P. Grayburn
- Longman & Broderip piano, belonged to Haydn, c.1794 £800
- Harpsichord by Ferdinand Weber, 1746 £860
- Piano by Ferdinand Weber, 1774 – A contribution to the restoration fund
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.