RNCM Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

The RNCM Collection of Historic Musical Instruments comprises in excess of 300 instruments (European wind, strings and keyboard; Non-European wind, strings and percussion)

These include a number of keyboards by Broadwood; viols by Barak Norman and Collingwood; violins by Stradivarius and Guarnerius together with some wind instruments from the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The collection is essentially an amalgamation of two collections originally assembled by Dr Henry Watson (1846-1911), and a smaller collection by Josiah Thomas Chapman (1843-1907).

A Catalogue of the Collection, which was shortlisted for the 2012 C B Oldman Prize (for 2010 imprints), was compiled by the eminent bassoonist William Waterhouse and is available in print. For details on how to purchase a copy, see below.

Location of the Collection

The Collection is located in the basement of the Library part of the College building (to the left of the main entrance on Booth Street West). It can be accessed using the staircase behind the Box Office or by the lift situated opposite the RNCM Library. Please note that outside advertised opening hours access is restricted.

Opening Times 

January

 

 

 

Saturday 13

12noon – 1pm

Strings Festival

Saturday 13

5 – 6pm

Strings Festival

Sunday 14

5.45 – 6.45pm

Strings Festival

Monday 15

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

Thursday 18

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Wind Orchestra

Sunday 21

1 – 2pm

Young Explorers Concert

Monday 22

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

Thursday 25

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Symphony Chorus

Friday 26

5 – 6.15pm

Brass Band Festival

Saturday 27

1 – 2pm

Brass Band Festival

Monday 29

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

 

 

 

 

February

Thursday 1

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Guitars

Monday 5

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

Thursday 8

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Sinfonietta

Monday 12

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

Thursday 15

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Sinfonietta

Monday 26

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

 

 

 

 

March

Thursday 1

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Harp ensemble

Thursday 1

6 – 7.15pm

RNCM Symphony Orchestra

Monday 5

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

Thursday 8

12noon – 1pm

RNCM String Orchestra & ArkEnsemble

Friday 9

6 – 7.15pm

Chamber Music Festival

Sunday 11

6 – 7.15pm

Chamber Music Festival

Monday 12

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

Thursday 15

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Baroque Ensemble

Monday 19

12noon – 1pm

Monday Recital series

Tuesday 20

12noon – 1pm

Debussy Perspectives Lunchtime Concert

Wednesday 21

12noon – 1pm

Debussy Perspectives Lunchtime Concert

Thursday 22

12noon – 1pm

RNCM Saxophone Orchestra

 


The catalogue of the Collection, compiled by William Waterhouse, is available in print, priced £40. Illustrated throughout with colour photos of most of the instruments and other artefacts, this is the first printed catalogue of the Collection in its entirety.

The Catalogue of the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

The catalogue is case-bound, containing 336 pages (274 x 239mm) with colour photographs, including front and rear views of the stringed instruments and tip and frog details of bows. The prefatory text includes an introduction by Graham Wells (Galpin Society), a short essay by Charles Beare and a tribute to William Waterhouse. In addition to the descriptions of the instruments, it also contains William Waterhouse’s history of the Collection and indexes by instrument/item, makers, names of people with associations to the objects and lists of the original Watson & Chapman collections.

Price: £40
Postage and packing costs: UK £9.50, International £17.50

To order a copy please complete an order form and return by e-mail, fax or post.

Enquiries

All enquiries relating to the Collection should be directed to the Librarian, Anna Wright.

e-mail: anna.wright@rncm.ac.uk

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