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Graham WalkerThis is the website of Graham Walker, Dorset, UK who has had an interest in the early piano for over 30 years. He has undertaken the restoration of instruments for private collection and has also carried out research on early pianos and their makers over this period. This has been done alongside a career in management consultancy and performance management. Early retirement in 2007 enabled him to become more involved and he commissioned a cloth manufacturer to produce an authentic keyboard cloth. This cloth is the nearest match to an early 19th century piano cloth that can be made within modern manufacturing processes. It was initially produced for his requirements but it soon came in demand by others.  Further types of cloth have been replicated by request from makers and restorers.  These cloths can be purchased from the online shop on this website.  He has also undertaken some research into the leather used in early English pianos and is currently working in liaison with the Institute of Creative Leather Technology, Northampton University, UK with the objective of determining specifications. He is involved in supporting interest in the early piano and is passionate about ensuring that our heritage of early pianos collections in the UK can be maintained for the future.

Finchcocks Square Piano Weekend 2013

Following the successful square piano weekend at Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent, on 12th and 13th May this year, a third annual event has been arranged to take place on 11th and 12th May 2013.   This is a social and informative occasion for all those who have interest in square pianos and the restoration of these instruments.  Attendees came not only from the UK but also Europe and the United States to this year’s event.  It is undertaken at the kind invitation of Richard and Katrina Burnett and is organised by John Broadwood & Sons and Friends of Square Pianos.

Richard Burnett addressing the attendees at the event this year.

The full details of next year’s event are not available at present but for further information please contact Friends of Square Pianos,  email  David at friends.sp@btinternet.com

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