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.

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Adopt an Instrument invites you to underwrite the maintenance and tuning of a particular instrument for one or more years.

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Donation for Annual Maintenance during 2017

  1. Zenti Harpsichord, 1622 £350
  2. Ruckers Harpsichord, 1636 – Mrs C. Rolls in memory of Rev’d. T. Rolls
  3. Virginals by John Player, 1664 – Adopted by Mr Peter Gillman
  4. Snetzler Organ, 1759 – Adopted by Mr David Hansell
  5. Zumpe Piano, 1769 – Adopted by Mr Guy and Lady Rose Monson (Part)
  6. Zumpe/JC Bach Piano, 1777-78 – Adopted by Mr Christopher Goode
  7. Hoffmann Clavichord, 1784 – Adopted by Mr Christoper Gold
  8. Marie Antoinette’s Piano, c.1786 – Adopted by Lady Lipworth CBE
  9. Shudi/Broadwood harpsichord, 1787 £600
  10. Hancock Piano, ‘Warranted by Mr Dibdin’, c.1790 £150
  11. Grand piano by ‘pupil’ of Stein, c.1790 £500
  12. Anton Walter Piano, 1815 £450
  13. Broadwood Piano signed by Cramer, 1816 – Adopted by Mr Geoffrey Ashby
  14. Conrad Graf piano, 1819-20 – Adopted by Mr Guy and Lady Rose Monson
  15. Nanette Streicher grand piano, 1823 – Adopted by an anonymous donor
  16. Mahler’s Piano, 1836 – Adopted by Mrs P. Littleton
  17. Elgar’s Broadwood piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Elgar Society
  18. Erard piano, signed by Thalberg, 1845 £380
  19. Chopin’s Pleyel piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Chopin Society
  20. Broadwood, 1847, played by Chopin – Adopted by Mrs M. Monclare
  21. Steinway Grand Piano, 1864 £600
  22. Bizet’s composing table piano, 1855 – Adopted by Mrs P. Grayburn
  23. Longman & Broderip piano, belonged to Haydn, c.1794 £800
  24. Harpsichord by Ferdinand Weber, 1746 £860
  25. 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.