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 2015
- Zenti Harpsichord, 1622 £400
- English Harpsichord, dated 1623 £600
- Ruckers Harpsichord, 1636 – Adopted by Mrs Marilyn Montclare
- Virginals by John Player, 1664 – Adopted by Mr Peter Gillman
- Snetzler Organ, 1759 £200
- Zumpe Piano, 1769 £200
- Zumpe/JC Bach Piano, 1777-78 £500
- Hoffmann Clavichord, 1784 – Adopted by Mr Christoper Gold
- Marie Antoinette’s Piano, c.1786 – Adopted by Mrs Pat Grayburn
- Shudi/Broadwood harpsichord, 1787 £500
- Grand piano by ‘pupil’ of Stein, c. 1795 £800
- Hancock Piano, ‘Warranted by Mr Dibdin’, c.1790 £400
- Longman & Broderip piano, belonged to Haydn, c.1794 £800
- Anton Walter Piano, 1815 £600
- Broadwood Piano signed by Cramer, 1816 £400
- Conrad Graf piano, 1823 £500
- Nanette Streicher grand piano made for George IV, 1823 £400
- Mahler’s Piano, 1836 – Adopted by Mrs P. Littleton
- Elgar’s Broadwood piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Elgar Society
- Erard piano, 1845 – adopted by Lady Lipworth CBE
- Chopin’s Pleyel piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Chopin Society
- Broadwood, 1847, played by Chopin £800
- Bizet’s composing table piano, 1855 – Adopted by Mr G. Ashby
- Steinway grand piano, 1864 – Adopted by Mr C. Goode
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.