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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 Musical Museum to close at the end of December

Finchcocks Musical Museum

News: 29 November 2015

It is with sadness to hear that the Finchcocks Musical Museum at Goadhurst in Kent is to close at the end of December.  Since the early 1970’s the owners, Richard and Katrina Burnett, have opened their grade one listed manor house to the public at regular open days and for concerts and many other events.  Above all they have given a unique experience to the public to play the instruments in the collection.  It was not necessary to show that you were a gifted player to touch the instruments.  I am sure that many people were influenced and enriched by listening and playing this wonderful collection.

Finchcocks

The contribution that Finchcocks has given to music in general and the appreciation of early keyboard instruments that the public have gained by visiting the collection over the years has been substantial.   Finchcocks is one of the best known early keyboard collections in the world.  I know that many people have received the news with dis-belief but it can be appreciated that it is not possible to continue for ever.  The time has come for Richard and Katrina Burnett to give up their obligations of operating a public museum.   They will retain some of the instruments but the remainder will be sold at auction in May next year and the grade one listed manor house will be sold.  We wish Richard and Katrina Burnett all the very best for the future.

 

Graham Walker

 

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