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.

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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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Donations for Annual Maintenance during 2021

  1. Zenti Harpsichord, 1622 400
  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 £200
  5. Zumpe Piano, 1769 - Adopted by Miss A. Hennegan
  6. Spanish or Portuguese clavichord £400
  7. Zumpe/JC Bach Piano, 1777-78 - Adopted by Mr Christopher Goode
  8. Spinet by Ferdinand Weber, 1780 - Adopted by an anonymous donor
  9. Southwell half-moon table piano, c.1782-85 £350
  10. Hoffmann Clavichord, 1784 - Adopted by Mr Christoper Gold
  11. Marie Antoinette’s Piano, c.1786 - Adopted by Dr A. Gunning
  12. Hancock Piano, ‘Warranted by Mr Dibdin’, c.1790 - by Mrs P. Grayburn
  13. Grand piano by ‘pupil’ of Stein, c.1790 £500
  14. Southwell Square Piano, c. 1793-94 £250
  15. Piano by John Bland, 1794 £350
  16. Anton Walter Piano, 1815 - Adopted by Mr Christopher Harman
  17. Broadwood Piano signed by Cramer, 1816 £450
  18. Conrad Graf piano, 1819-20 - by Kenneth Watters and Robin Wilkinson
  19. Nanette Streicher grand piano,1823 £350
  20. Mahler’s Piano, 1836 - Adopted by Mr C. Nicholls
  21. Jane Stirling’s Erard piano, 1843 £400
  22. Elgar’s Broadwood piano, 1848 - Adopted by the Elgar Society
  23. Erard piano, signed by Thalberg, 1845 £450
  24. Chopin’s Pleyel piano, 1848 - Adopted by the Chopin Society
  25. Broadwood, 1847, played by Chopin £400
  26. Steinway Grand Piano, 1864 £700
  27. Bizet’s composing table piano, 1855 - Adopted by Mr Peter Brown
  28. Haydn’s Longman&Broderip piano, c.1794 - by Lady Lipworth, CBE
  29. Harpsichord by Ferdinand Weber, 1746 - Adopted by anonymous donor
  30. Piano by Ferdinand Weber, 1774 £350
  31. Harpsichord by Jacob & Abraham Kirkman, London, 1781 £450
  32. Grand piano by J. Becker, St Petersburg, c.1886-7 £650

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.