Collecting Keyboards: a History and Index of the SoM Keyboard Institute
Where: Rehearsal Room 2, Level 2 (Ground Floor), School of Music
When: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 10am-4pm
This project – ‘Collecting Keyboards’ – has two main aims that focus around the School of Music Keyboard Institute and the collection therein. Primarily, this project will aim to create an in-depth and documented history of the collection, i.e. how, why, and by whom the collection was founded; what the various instruments of the collection are; and what period of history (both musically, and as regards the School’ history) the instrument derives from. This will be presented in two mediums: an article of collated data telling the story of the institute, that will be published online (most likely on the SoM Website), and also through information cards (either physical or online) that accompany each instrument, describing what they are, where they come from, and how and when they came to be part of the collection. Secondly, this project will aim to present an interactive exhibition to display this information at the SoM 50th Birthday Weekend Celebrations. Five instruments will be selected to be put on display within the SoM building during that weekend, and will be accompanied by informative cards as afore mentioned, as well as an iPad to present soundclips of each instrument being played, and other possibly relevant information that is yet to be discovered.
Researcher & Curator: Ellen Falconer